The SharePoint Server is a free product that can be used along with SharePoint. This can be deployed on premises of an enterprise and can be managed easily. The new SharePoint Server 2013 has significant improvements, among which, the integration of social computing and collaboration is of paramount importance. This will enable organizations to collaborate with other organizations through online communities and portals. This version has a number of new features such as My Sites, Community Sites and Feeds, which are extensions and innovative additions to applications in the former versions. These features will be of immense help in introducing and extending a wide organizational presence in the web domain.
Introducing Community Sites & Community Portals
The SharePoint Server 2013 introduces two new templates, Community Site and Community Portal, along with the discussion list in the previous versions. Community sites promote a strong exchange of discussions and views throughout an organization. This enables an effective exchange of expertise, experience and knowledge for betterment of the establishment. It is equipped with dynamic features such as categorization of discussions, Moderation of Comments, Likes, Replies and Best Answers that are required for a complete web community management. On the other hand, Community Portal is a search driven page that can be used to organize community sites. Using this, a user can find and select any community site of the organization.
Up-gradation of My Site
Micro Blog and News Feed features are added to the previous version of My Site. Through this, users could post images and comments, tag or follow other users and might lead to easier and effective management. Sharing and storing of files are made more user friendly in this recent version. In addition to these features, My Site is upgraded to have a superb user interface and navigation. Users will be able to connect to other My Sites through these. Document libraries are upgraded and sharing of content has become more transparent as well as secure.