With the release of SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online became an attractive collaboration platform for many organizations. Not only does the option of a hosted solution minimize infrastructure planning to simplify the deployment process, the latest SharePoint Platform also introduces a myriad of additional benefits that lead to increased user adoption and productivity whether deployed On Premise, Online, or in Hybrid.


Solving collaboration challenges is increasingly dependent on our ever-mobilizing environment. With SharePoint 2013, users can be incredibly productive with any device. Office Web Apps enables a feature rich way to edit documents within the browser, so with SharePoint’s cross browser support and apps for Windows, iOS, and Android, using the device at hand to accomplish the task at hand has never been easier.

Office Web Apps

Office is the desktop client that enables a user to fully interact with their documents in SharePoint. SharePoint users who volume license their primary device for Office 2013 are able to conveniently edit, create and share Office documents using their browser from any additional devices. With the new, touch-friendly Office Web apps, sharing and co-authoring are easy, versions and changes are merged automatically while any number of authors are contributing.

Enterprise Social

New social tools offer a simple method of enhancing communication. Newsfeeds in SharePoint 2013 give users a familiar interface to communicate around initiatives while allowing the stabilization of related content. The ability to integrate with Yammer opens up productivity enhancements as employees explore new and better ways of achieving shared goals regardless of their specific department or position, thus empowering team members.

Skydrive Pro and Community Sites

SharePoint 2013 introduces new ways of working with and Sharing Documents. Skydrive Pro is a centrally managed SharePoint Library which, in O365, gives each individual 25GB of dedicated space for working with and sharing documents. For more collaborative projects, Communities drive business results by allowing content sharing and interaction with co-workers or outside contributors.

Site Mailboxes and eDiscovery

SharePoint now integrates with the latest version of Exchange to provide site mailboxes which offer a convenient way of handling email as a team in the context of the groups purpose and their documents. Another area of email integration is the eDiscovery portal, which can be used for fine-tuned queries that enable the discovery and preservation of important data.

Task Management

Workflow is now more robust and offers new authoring and management tools. Timelines give teams insight into scheduling and resource management to ensure that deadlines are met and projects are kept on track.

A variety of workflow templates enable business users to easily automate business processes around content and the need for paper forms can be quickly replaced by browser-based forms using InfoPath Forms Services.

This has been just a brief intro into the many new capabilities of SharePoint 2013. In summary, SharePoint 2013 is a wonderfully renovated social collaboration platform that includes many new ways to enhance your team’s productivity. Leave a comment below with any SharePoint 2013 questions you may have.

One thought on “What’s New in SharePoint 2013: Social Collaboration for the Mobile Workforce

  • Thom Quine says:

    Two questions: is it possible to use the Office Apps with an in-house SharePoint intranet WITHOUT using OneDrive or Office 360? In German for legal data protection requirements we cannot use American servers to store personal or sensitive data.
    For the same reason, can Yammer be used as an in-house installation rather than an American cloud solution?

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