SharePoint 2013 is finally here!! Download it now

Hi friends.

I just got the word, SharePoint 2013 has been released for download on MSDN and Technet. This is true also for Office 2013, and a few other products…like Project 2013, Visio 2013, Lync 2013, Exchange 2013. The 15 Wave have hit us…
May the race begin, download…!!

TechNet and MSDN subscribers will find the bits there, Volume Agreement customers will find the bits in the normal Volume Lincensing download location.

RTM Evaluation copies of Server can be downloaded here: Download Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
RTM copies of Foundation can be downloaded here: Download Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 RTM
RTM copies of SharePoint Designer 2013 can be downloaded here: Download Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 RTM




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SharePoint 2013 Browser compatibility lists


Browser support in the preview of SharePoint 2013 has been listed on TechNet, it’s not really any changes that stands out from 2010’s compatibility list.
For reference, see these links:
Plan browser support in SharePoint 2013 Preview
Supported mobile device browsers in SharePoint 2013 Preview

(Everything obviously can be subject to change come RTM, since this is the list for the Preview.)

PC Browsers

Browser                     Supported                     Supported with limitations                     Not supported
Internet Explorer 9 32-bit 64-bit
Internet Explorer 8 32-bit 64-bit
Internet Explorer 7 X
Internet Explorer 6 X
Google Chrome (latest public release version) X
Mozilla Firefox (latest public release version) X
Apple Safari (latest public release version) X


Mobile Browsers

Mobile device operating system                 Operating system version                 Browser                 Smartphone device                 Slate or tablet device
Windows Phone Windows Phone 7.5 or later versions Internet Explorer Mobile Supported Not applicable
Windows Windows 7 or later versions Internet Explorer Not applicable Supported
iOS 5.0 or later versions Safari Supported Supported

                  Office Web Apps Preview is supported only on Apple iOS 5.0 or later versions on the Apple iPad (versions 1, 2, and 3).
Android 4.0 or later versions Android Browser Supported Unsupported




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SharePoint 2013 – Work Management Service Application


This is just a Quick overview of the new Service Application – Work Management Service Application in SharePoint 2013.

  • The Work Management Service Application provides functionality to aggregate tasks to a central location.
  • Users get the possibility to view and track their to-dos and tasks.
  • Tasks can be cached to a users personal site.
  • Tasks can be aggregated from Exchange, Project Server and SharePoint.
  • Based on ‘Provider model’ so that other systems can be integrated in the future.

Thats it, more info will become available over time, I will hopefully have time to dive deeper into it then.



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Almost missed it: Download the SharePoint 2013 Preview !


Download Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview (Download here)

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview is designed to bring people together to get work done. Whether you’re using it to manage your enterprise content, make it easy for business end users to share ideas and information, or help developers build innovative new applications, SharePoint Server 2013’s improvements in scale, security, and flexibility have you covered.

Get started here!

The Product Key and the requirements are listed on the Get Started Page page.



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Service Applications in SharePoint 2013


Service Applications

The newly released training material on SharePoint 2013 is a goldmine of information (see privious post).
The slide deck consists of no less than 50 presentations on different topics. One of those are Service Applications, which ones will be there and what has changed…?

I will give you the quick answers here:

General architecture identical as in SharePoint 2010
Numerous new enhancements in platform level
New service applications to provide more enhanced functionalities

Office Web Apps is no longer a service application
Seperated into own product

Web Analytics is no longer service application
Analyses and reporting process incorporated to search service application

Service Applications with their own DBs:
App Management Service (new)
Business Data Connectivity
Managed Metadata Service
Secure Store Service
Machine Translation Services (new)
State Service
Usage and Health Data Collection
User Profile Service Application
Word Automation Service
Access Services App databases (new) (2010 and 2013)

Deploying Service Applications
Deploying them seems to be identical to 2010, no better, no worse. If using the wizard they will all use the same app pool and same account, databases will have an ugly GUID atached to them…powershell will give you all the options to configure Service Applications as you wish, as you allready know.

Part from the changes with the removed Service Applications and the new ones, the list will be identical, all the Service Applications that we know and love, will be there…

Service applications Description
Application Management Service   (new) Is responsible for storing and providing   information concerning SP App licenses and permissions
SharePoint Translation Services   (new) Provides built-in machine   translation capabilities on the SharePoint platform
Access Services 2010 Let’s users view, edit, and   interact with Access 2010 databases in a Web browser.
Access Services Let’s users view, edit, and interact with Access 2013 databases in a Web browser.
Business Data Connectivity service Gives access to line-of-business   data systems.
Excel Services Application Let’s users view and interact   withExcel 2010 files in a Web browser.
Managed Metadata service Manages taxonomy hierarchies,   keywords and social tagging infrastructure, and publish content types across   site collections.
PerformancePoint Service Application Provides the capabilities of   PerformancePoint.
Search service Crawls content, produces index   partitions, and serves search queries.
Secure Store Service Provides single sign-on   authentication to access multiple applications or services.
State service Provides temporary storage of user   session data for SharePoint Server components.
Usage and Health Data Collection   service Collects farm wide usage and   health data, and provides the ability to view various usage and health   reports.
User Profile service Adds support for My Sites, profile   pages, social tagging and other social computing features.
Visio Graphics Service Lets users view and refresh   published Visio 2010 diagrams in a Web browser.
Word Automation Services Performs automated bulk document   conversions.
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation   Subscription Settings Service Provides multi-tenant   functionality for service applications. Tracks subscription IDs and settings   for services that are deployed in partitioned mode. Deployed through Windows   PowerShell only.
(Moved into Search)Web Analytics service Provides Web service interfaces.

Add-on/Installable Service Applications

Service application Description
Office Web Apps services Removed from SharePoint 2013, will   be its own application.
Microsoft Project Server 2010 No information, assuming it will   still be there.



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Drop everything – SharePoint 2013 IT Pro and Developer training materials released…


Ok, now we’re talking…

SharePoint 2013 IT Pro and Developer training materials released

Loads of good stuff available, 14 streamed video modules, everything also available as pptx.

Too bad I’m on holiday…now…the real FUN BEGINS!




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SharePoint 2012/2013 Wishlist – Dear Microsoft…

SharePoint 2012/2013 Wishlist…dear Microsoft…

Ok, this time I would like to add a post intended for Microsoft and the product group, but also for all of you SharePoint fans out there.
I guess that you have like me and like this time my dear coworker Mattias Gutke who cowrote this list, thought over time that this and this should be done better or added in the next version.

However, I do not know of any good way to get this knowledge across to the product group, or even if there is a way to email someone. Perhaps there is for the MVP’s or the TAP/TechPreview community but for all of us mere mortals??
During my 8+ years at Microsoft there was always talk about the emailaddress I still today do not know if it even existed or if it was monitored.

So, I’ll just post the list we have gathered over time here and my hope is that it somehow will make it’s way to the top. Please aslo feel free to add your own reasonable requests as a comment and I will be happy to review and possibly add it to the list.

Ok, here we go! The list of features, functionality, added/fixed settings in the next version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2012/2013 (working title SharePoint v. 15)

Dear Microsoft, this is what we want:

  • In CA, add a setting for a common Farm wide prefix for all databases. Skip the guid from the gui if this is set.
    Example: Farmname_databasetype_function
  • Add a possibility to audit all Central administration settings, even when changed from PowerShell. Audit data should be collected at a separately named database server and database(can be the same as the farm SQL)
  • If a service or feature needs to be started in order to create a service application or other objects in CA, prompt to start them.
  • Add a link to the Search administration from the start page in CA when Search is installed.
  • Add a ‘Verify Kerberos setup’ that can access data and verify if a system are configured properly to operate using Kerberos authentication.
  • Add a wizard for setting up Claims authentication from possibly other external authenticators)
  • Record actions taken in CA as Powershell commands so that they can be re-executed in another farm or again in the same farm.
  • Save farm settings to xml+wsp, then import settings to new farm. An improved semi-automated way to transfer a test environment to prod or prod to test. Import will implement the exact same settings as in source farm complete with service applications and solutions. Acount and unique settings will be editable easily in the xml.
  • Correlation id link to logfile for admins, even a linenumbers would be great.
    Also for the end user experience they would be able to send (with a button) that id & link to an admin. with the option to write error/problem desctiption. with choices??? i.e Minor incident, Critical for business etc.
  • Easier to get UPS up and running in some way. installed default? but not activated/configured feature/service
  • Much easier navigation within CA, everything is still a mess. Hate to se a couple of settings as a preview but when you go into i.e Monitoring you will find even more, show everything at the beginning or nothing exectp the title of the section.
  • Visual Farm topology in CA would be nice to have, with clickable areas to get more information.
  • When copy a item to another library within the site collection a browse button should be available, you should not have to specify a URL!!!
  • Clean up permission pages, and default should only be 3 sharepoint groups, visitor, member owner
  • Add support to export/import termstore synonyms.
  • Add support for Managed metadata/Termstore in SharePoint Workspace.
  • Allow the ability to enter metadata on multiple-document upload
  • PDF-ifilter out of the box!
  • Auto-remove from SharePoint if AD-object is terminated/removed.
  • You should not have to have sharepoint installed on your VS dev machine, connect and publish to any external sharepoint farm. It should be enough to install an SDK for SharePoint.
  • A way to in the GUI or Visual Studio, select the components that you want to be part of a new Web Template/Site Definition.
  • If a new update/CU/SP is available for each product/feature/service, In the upgrade/version/patch level page in CA. Link to the correct place to get that patch/CU/SP, dont want to google it up every time!!!
    One place to select update farm (select in list to what cu/SP)!
  • Same for Language packs as for CU/SP, one place to select in CA and the languages should be downloaded and installed.
  • Export some configuration in CA as a powershellscript
  • Add an extended default example metadata classification tree to the term store.
  • Add easier export import of metadata from the term store.
  • built in warm-up-script functionality.
  • Built in Scedule task functionality.
  • Under site settings, red titles are features available but not enabled due to some feature that needs activation like (in red) Navigation – SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature. Once activated the feature turns blue and the text shoowing witch feature needs to be activated is gone.
  • Or, as above but with most settings available but if the feature is not enabled, you get a dialog that says that this feature will be activated, do you wish to go ahead?
  • Easier cutomization of the ribbon, checkboxes of what options should be available, today it’s too overwhelming experience for endusers. also a tab for admin/owner for the ribbon would be nice to be able to select all non-endusers settings.

For the rest of you – Enjoy!


  (with great contributions from Mattias Gutke – Enfo Sweden)

What’s New for SharePoint 2010 Development in Visual Studio 11

The Visual Studio team has released some info on what’s coming in Visual Studio 11, or rather Visual Studio 2012 as it will be released as.

You will find the Beta list here:
What’s New for SharePoint Development in Visual Studio 11 Beta

I think that we can assume that the list will be updated with a SharePoint 15 list later on as it gets closer to release. That is a list that will be really interesting to read.

There are quite a few goodies here for 2010, for instance:
Publish SharePoint Solutions to Remote SharePoint Servers
more on this is available here:
Deploying, Publishing, and Upgrading SharePoint Solution Packages

You can now publish a solution directly from Visual Studio to a remote server.

If you want more, read more on the respective links.


More on SharePoint 15 – SDK preview

If you missed that MS released a Tech Preview on SP15 Managed OM SDK…

SharePoint 15 Technical Preview Interoperability API Documentation

‘SharePoint 15 Technical Preview Managed Object Model SDK: This compiled help (.chm) file contains reference topics focusing only on types and members that are called by other Microsoft applications. This reference does not document the full SharePoint 15 managed object model. That documentation will accompany a later release of SharePoint 15.’

Early release as it is, its still interesting…

Others on SP15:

SharePoint Joel:
So it begins… SharePoint 15 & Office 15 Wave of Products – Happy Days

Rincón de Héctor Calvarro
SharePoint 15 SDK CTP has been released (Only documentation)

First official word on SharePoint 15!

News the other day about SharePoint 15 from the Microsoft Office Division:

“Office 15” Begins Technical Preview

This morning, we reached an important development milestone:  the beginning of the “Office 15” Technical Preview Program. Office 15 is the codename for the next generation of the Microsoft Office products and services, and the Technical Preview is the first time we share our work with a select group of customers under non-disclosure agreements. These customers play a key role in our development process by testing early builds and providing feedback, which we incorporate into the final release.

At this early point in our development cycle, I’m not able to share too much about Office 15, but I can tell you Office 15 is the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Office Division. With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio. Quite simply, Office 15 will help people work, collaborate, and communicate smarter and faster than ever before.

While the Technical Preview program is already full, everyone will have the opportunity to try the Office 15 public beta later this summer, and we’ll have more to share about the release then. In the meantime, I do want to thank everyone who is participating in the Technical Preview for their contributions and all our customers for their continued support.

PJ Hough CVP of Development, Microsoft Office Division

Link to the Office blog here

Looks like we will see some new SHarePoint at SPC in Las Vegas after all!