Pros and Cons of SharePoint 2013

I think we're going to hear a lot about the new version of SharePoint now that more organisations are looking at SharePoint 2013. So I was intrigued to find out more about some of the new features and whether they're actually that good.

If you're wondering what I used to find out more about the Pros & Cons of SharePoint 2013, then look no further then the slides I've linked below from Toby Ward of Prescient Digital Media and Tamer El Shazli of Social Business Interactive.

You can of course look through the entire slide pack, but to save you doing that to some extent I've outlined some of the major Pros and Cons below.

  1. SP2013 comes with improved branding and customisation options. Whilst this is much improved from 2010, it's still not as good as it could be.
  2. The user interface is now independent from Silverlight. Which if you know what Silverlight is, great fortunately I don't!
  3. SP2013 now includes app stores. Whilst the new custom apps concept makes SharePoint customisation a lot easier the apps are still very clunky and rudimentary.
  4. The office apps in SP2013 are however very impressive.
  5. SP2013 includes enhanced social features, which I'm sure many organisations and individuals will be pleased about. For example the newsfeed is now much more like Twitter. However the social features sitll have their limitations and issues. You also have to think that Yammer will have an impact on SP2013, it may either complete the social features of augment them, either way it's bound to have an impact.
  6. SP2013 includes an enhanced mobile experience. Whilst this experience is better then previous version it's still not idea.
  7. Finally SP2013 offers an improved cloud experience, with the introduction of SkyDrive.

Those were the major Pros and Cons I noted. For more on the Pros and Cons of SharePoint 2013 the slides are embedded below.