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SharePoint 2013 Gains Cloud Boost

Microsoft recently showed off a version of SharePoint 2013 built for Office 365 -- and this baby has some "Modern" touches.

Instead of a busy interface, either the old-style drop down or newer-style Ribbon, this one is rather sparse with Modern tiles and a small un-Modern-like menu bar.

Most of the changes are functional, and a lot have to do with the Webification of SharePoint. Specifically, a lot of work has gone into tagging including the ability to tag while posting (rather than as a separate process).

But the tagging changes speak to what is important to SharePoint. People, for instance, can be tagged and are at the top of the heap as far as objects are concerned. And people, as objects, are connected to other data, such as Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

Another big change (which raises some issues) is the role of SkyDrive Pro, now a key part of My Site. If you recall, SkyDrive Pro is a cloud storage service. Cool. But it also costs money, and has a yearly subscription fee. Stop paying and you lose access to the data. Not so cool.

In other big news, SharePoint Workspace, which used to be called Groove, still exists, but is being phased out in favor of SkyDrive Pro. Ray Ozzie must be so proud.

Does SharePoint make sense in the cloud, and what are your SharePoint thoughts in general? Fire off opinions to dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/24/2012 at 1:19 PM


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