Monday, January 13, 2014

10 things which might surprise end users in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint Server 2013 has made a lot of great changes to the user interface – including the new metro style - which make it easier and more fluent to use. While most of these changes make life a lot easier for end users there are some things which might surprise/confuse users who have worked with previous versions of SharePoint – here is my top 10 list (not necessarily in order of importance). If you think there are some other things, just leave a comment.

  • Another menu which has moved is the Create subsite option – it is now visible under site contents at the bottom of the page. This might be a good thing though since SharePoint sites are created quite frequently whereas a simple extra document library might be a better option.
  • In a multilingual setup for SharePoint with language packs installed – it is quite complex to change your language settings – check out  Multilingual User Interface and Language Packs for SharePoint Server 2013
  • The log on as a different user is not visible anymore – see KB2752600 Sign in as different user menu option is missing in SharePoint Server 2013
  • In SharePoint Server 2013 you can only create a blank site using Powershell or the Object model – the option to create a blank site has been removed from the SharePoint user interface.
  • SharePoint Server 2013 use a new date format which does not use the traditional MM/DD/YYYY format but outputs the date format in a more extensive format. You can however still switch back to the standard format (See Modified column below)

  • Drag and drop functionality for SharePoint document libraries not working in Internet Explorer 8.0 and 9.0 if you don’t have Office 2013 installed – but  it works in most versions of Firefox and Google Chrome (See SharePoint Server 2013: Drag and drop contents to library ) . Consider tying a SharePoint Server 2013 together with a Windows 8 or Office 2013 roll-out.

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