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SharePoint 2013: Preview Now Available to Download and Free Training


As many will already be aware, SharePoint 2013 Preview is now released! Yes as many anticipated, it is now confirmed that SharePoint 15 is now called SharePoint 2013.

I have gathered some links (below) that may be of interest. These include SharePoint 2013 downloads, free training, and other useful information.

Interestingly now for a single server development or evaluation environment for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview, the minimum recommended hardware requires 24GB RAM and a 4 core processor. The memory requirement will stretch all but the very best laptop and desktop PC specifications and may be a challenge for many to get their hands on it and start to use it. How much RAM we can actually get away with on a development install, accepting performance limitations is yet to be seen. At least SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview ‘only’ requires 8GB RAM but still requires 4 processing cores.

Update July 18th, 2012: Initial indications suggest that the installs work fine with much less RAM with some of the services not installed, and should work OK in development,  but is not recommended for Production use with anything less than the minimum recommended RAM.

There are so many changes to SharePoint 2013. The following bullet-points list just a few that I have picked up on that are worth a mention:

  • A new app model – does this supersede or just add to the existing Sandbox solutions?
  • Managed Metadata columns can now be modified in the datasheet view, and plenty more enhancements.
  • New Workflow development approaches – based on Windows Workflow Foundation 4 and also includes the Windows Azure Workflow Service Application.
  • Translation Services – New service application that provides automatic machine translations of files and sites.
  • Revamped and improved My Sites Social Features – Follow people and content, quickly publish posts inline in the feeds, and the Activity Feed is deprecated in favour of the new Microfeed, plus loads more.
  • Search is completely reimplemented – No more Fast and a new structure means this area is worth taking another good look at.
  • Claims based authentication is now the default authentication mode, classic mode is deprecated.
  • Push notifications to mobile devices.
  • Loads more events, including events for changes to permissions.
  • Office Web Apps is no longer a service application but separate services in their own right.

The SharePoint 2013 Preview Downloads:

The Free SharePoint 2013 Training for Developers includes:

  1. Introduction to Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 development
  2. SharePoint 2013 app model for developers
  3. SharePoint 2013 Developer Tools
  4. Hosted apps in SharePoint 2013
  5. Create Cloud-Hosted apps for SharePoint 2013
  6. SharePoint 2013 client object model (CSOM) and REST APIs
  7. OAuth and application identity in SharePoint 2013
  8. Develop SharePoint 2013 remote event receivers
  9. Workflow changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  10. Business connectivity services changes in SharePoint 2013
  11. Search features and changes in SharePoint 2013
  12. Enterprise content management changes in SharePoint 2013
  13. Web content management changes and features in SharePoint 2013
  14. Social features in SharePoint 2013
  15. Office services in SharePoint 2013
  16. Create mobile apps for SharePoint 2013
  17. Develop apps for Office 2013
  18. Project Server 2013 training for developers

The Free SharePoint 2013 Training for IT Pros includes:

  1. SharePoint 2013 IT pro introduction and overview
  2. SharePoint 2013 system requirements
  3. SharePoint 2013 architectural change
  4. SharePoint 2013 server farms and site architecture planning
  5. Office Web Apps 2013 architecture and deployment
  6. SharePoint 2013 service application architecture and individual service applications
  7. SharePoint 2013 enterprise search overview
  8. SharePoint 2013 social features
  9. SharePoint 2013 enterprise content management and web content management considerations
  10. SharePoint 2013 customization options and management
  11. SharePoint 2013 authentication and authorization overview
  12. Overview of SharePoint 2013 business continuity management
  13. Upgrading to SharePoint 2013
  14. What’s new in Project 2013 for IT Professionals

And the rest of the links…

Update July 18, 2012: Added a few more useful links and tidy-up.

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