On July 16th 2012, Microsoft has released the preview versions of the 2013 edition of its office products.
This are two of the new logos in Windows 8 style (formerly known as Metro style):
The most remarkable things for me:
- Microsoft managed to keep many (not all) of the details secret.
- Most of the products look already very polished.
- Cloud first approach
- Same core for platform as a service (SharePoint Online in Office 365) and server versions.
- Quarterly releases for SharePoint Online and huge demand for Office 365 drive development and will lead to improved functionality and stability that you will also benefit from with your on-premise installations.
- Hybrid scenarios get more and more interesting.
- Windows Azure Workflows (WAW) will be a topic to watch closely in the next months. Will be interesting to see what this means for “Nintex Workflow Platform Preview for SharePoint 2013″.
- Integration of the different services and plattforms:
- The blue bar on the top blends Outlook Web App, My Site, SharePoint Team Sites etc. into one perfect seamless experience.
- The new Cloud App Model and Marketplace
- You no longer need server side code and programmers that understand C#.
- Every web developer can now create Office and SharePoint apps!
- I think the Office Store will do very well.
- FAST is now completely integrated. Search in SharePoint Foundation 2013 completely new.
- Individual previews for different document types.
- The social stuff
- Very well integrated microblogging and status updates.
- SkyDrive Pro (think Dropbox for the enterprise)
- Skype now also used as presence indicator
- Better customizable UI
- Web designers rejoice!
Here is what I’ve read, watched and what I did in the last 24 hours in order to get started. I hope this collection of links will help you getting started…
- Product website - Start here. Show your customers. Dive deeper.
- Also show this to everyone in the project team: SharePoint 2013 Glossary
- Introductory blog posts from the VIPs:
- The New SharePoint (Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President) – Cloud first! SkyDrive Pro, FAST search, Apps, Marketplace, …
- Office Development with Visual Studio 2012 and “Napa” (S. Somasegar, Corporate Vice President of the Developer Division at Microsoft)
- Introducing “Napa” – Office 365 Development Tools (Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President for the Visual Studio team)
- Office Store (BETA)
- Workflow Platform Preview for SharePoint 2013 already listed
- TechNet: Explore SharePoint 2013 Preview
- SharePoint 2013 for IT pros - documentation (explore, plan, deploy, operate)
- SharePoint 2013 training for IT pros - videos and presentations in 14 modules
- MSDN: SharePoint for Developers
- MSDN: Build apps for Office and SharePoint
- MSDN: SharePoint 2013 Preview
- Office help:
- Discontinued features and modified functionality in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview (No Web Analytics! No RSS for search results!)
- SharePoint 2013 Preview Upgrade Process (how to upgrade from SharePoint 2012)
- Enterprise search architectures for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview
- Deployment guide for SharePoint 2013 Preview (400 pages)
- Blog posts:
- Apps in SharePoint 2013 – A new developer paradigm (Christian Glessner, MVP)
- SharePoint 2013 Apps, parts I-V (Thorsten Hans, MVP)
- SharePoint 2013 Top 10 New Features (Joel Oleson, MVP)
- SharePoint 2013 - Navigation using Managed Metadata (Term Store) (Benjamin Niaulin) – friendly urls, flexible menus
- Top 6 New Features for Designers in SharePoint 2013 (Randy Drisgill, MVP)
- Microsoft’s Courier-like radial menu for OneNote Windows 8 (hands-on) (The Verge)
- Watch this video: Introducing Office 365 Enterprise Preview (3:06) or this: Introducing Office 365 Small Business Premium Preview (2:31)
- Sign up for a free Office 365 Developer Site in the cloud
Download and install
- Office Customer Preview – Get your copies of the new Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook here. Also available: Access, Publisher and Lync.
- Server Products – SharePoint, Exchange, Lync, Office Web Apps Server, Project, Visio
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview
- Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview
- SharePoint Designer 2013
- Other SharePoint 2013 downloads (via search)