1. Document Management
The new drag-and-drop functionality of SharePoint document libraries. Uploading documents in previous versions of SharePoint always meant a lot of awkward clicking, there was “Open in Windows Explorer” but it was slow and unstable.
For some users, SharePoint 2013 and SkyDrive Pro is a new attempt at taking your content offline and it can replace the SharePoint Workspace. The experience of taking your documents offline has also been improved by simply clicking the sync button. This is much more like the “drop box” experience.
One of the major reasons SharePoint doesn’t get adopted as a document management system is the difficulty of simply sharing files via e-mail attachments or through Sky Drive or Dropbox. SharePoint 2013 introduces a new concept of “Share” that really takes the effort out of security management for business users by simply nominating the user or group and permissions with a few clicks.
3. User Interface
The SharePoint 2013 interface is a significant change over SharePoint 2010. The new interface is clean and the ‘ribbon’ is easy to use and integrate in to browser environments.
Although Facebook and Twitter are now deeply integrated in to SharePoint 2013, the most exciting news might be the integration of newly acquired Yammer. Microsoft will release a Yammer application in the SharePoint Store that will let users of a SharePoint site add a Yammer group feed to it. This Yammer app will also work with SharePoint newsfeeds when SharePoint has been installed on the customer’s premises. Microsoft plans to offer guidance this summer on how such a hybrid deployment can work.
SharePoint 2013 offers quick document previews in the web browser, much better search refiners, and subtle improvements like “view library” and “send”.
6. Managed Metadata
SharePoint 2013 improves upon the metadata tagging capabilities of SharePoint 2010. It is now possible to associate properties with terms as well as ‘follow’ term.
7. Site Policies
In SharePoint 2013, site policies now trigger workflows that you can build and have various configurations for handling inactive sites.
8. Web Content Management
Improvements in embedding video directly into pages, much shorter URLs, and the ability to have better multi-lingual and multi-device support means that your Intranet, Extranet will work much better.
9. Business Intelligence
Business Intelligence continues to evolve in SharePoint 2013 with improvements across the board in Excel client, Excel services, PerformancePoint services and Visio services. The in-memory capabilities of Excel client now allow business users to pull data from various sources and build amazing sheets in minutes.
10. Apps and the Marketplace
The new app model takes the risk out of customizations from an upgrade perspective and allows for much more flexibility than the sandboxed solution model. Expect to see a lot of new apps added as developers take advantage of new integrations.