SharePoint 2013 Preview – First Look – SharePoint…went metro.

While playing around with a cloudshare 2013 Preview environment, the first thing we see is Central Administration when we log in to this pre-configured environment.

First things first – SharePoint went Metro. Sure it is not all tiles, but the theme definitely went that direction. The CA quick launch menu and action groups are exactly the same as SharePoint 2010 – so no new big changes there.


The Ribbon got a minor cosmetic facelift, with fancy drop-in and out effects, but, not too much different there as well.


Some bigger changes however right off the bat… are the links and new icons available in the upper-right hand corner.




The Newsfeed takes you to your profile page newsfeed. SharePoint 2013 definitely has a lot more “social” functionality to it, such as following people, sites, documents, and tags.





The SkyDrive link, basically is your documents from your My Site. My guess here is that this can be synced to a Windows Live SkyDrive, because they are using the same naming convention.


One thing to note however… is the ability to drag files right onto the UI, without needing to any additional work. I see that has a huge timesaver, and painkiller for a lot of users.

When you drag a file in, it brings up a drop-zone which you can easily add files to the library:


What would SharePoint be without an error though?


Much prettier than the BIG BLANK WHITE SCREEN OF ERROR in SharePoint 2010, and definitely better than 2007.


Welcome Menu


Next is the welcome menu… blah blah blah…

what I find more interesting is what comes next.


The settings wheel/cog thingy


Edit Page – simple and easy enough. Does not appear much has changed there.

Add an app –  great! We now have apps… in SharePoint. Yay.

View Site Contents and Site Settings – Finally, they have been able to simplify the menus down to 1! Only took a few versions of the product for this to happen! Those are exactly what they were in 2010. Except for this… that nice grid view we had in 2010, 2007, 2003… is now… tiles.


Not that psyched about it. I loved the breakdown by list/library type. Now they are all just different “apps”.

Clicking on Add an app (great icon, I am puzzled too why they went with “apps” – oh right! buzzword! Worked for that company that is the name of a tasty fruit….)

Give you a long list of tiles again… I liked where Microsoft went with the Silverlight controls in 2010 for adding lists/libraries, searching, filtering… but, am not impressed by the tile view… makes creating lists and libraries more difficult and less user friendly IMHO… but that’s just me.


and once we are in there… I noticed one other thing… The SharePoint Store!


Seems they need to work on this… could just be the preview, or the preconfigured image I am using… but, it appears broken, but, there is a 2010 logo on there 🙂



Senor Smiley

The smiley face, that’s for sending feedback on the beta. I plan to use that. a lot.



Sharing is caring, and also a headache for administrators


Our next icon to poke at is the Share icon. This allows you to invite people to content, sites, etc. Now. This is a good thing – allows you to easily share content with others. This is also a bad thing. I am guessing you (hopefully – oh please god say its so) need proper permissions to give access… and if that is the case, that is great. But, if not, and anyone with contribute permissions can invite everyone to everything – permission management will become a nightmare. We’ll see how that pans out…


Focus Danielson… Focus


This hides the quick launch. ‘Nuff said.

Until next time… when I get a chance to show off some more stuff….



About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for Insight, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 15 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

6 Responses to SharePoint 2013 Preview – First Look – SharePoint…went metro.

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  3. Hi ,
    in case we want to apply Metro look n tiles in existing SharePoint 2010 what will be approach ?
    also is that possible we can modify CSS n JavaScript and apply new look ?

    • Unless you can find something that someone else has created, you will need to create the 2013 look by hand and deploy in your environment. There will not be a 1 to 1 relationship between the 2013 style and the 2010 styles, largely in part due to the fact that the entire underpinning of 2013 has changed. Everything is all HTML from here-on out.

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