Apps4Rent Reviews SharePoint 2013

2012 December 7

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The much awaited Microsoft SharePoint 2013 is here. That too with a set of cool features that every SharePoint users were looking for. SharePoint 2013 will be available to you with many improvements which would yield instant benefits to your organization once implemented. Apps4Rent will offer SharePoint 2013 hosting solutions when a final version is released. Meanwhile, let us glance through the features of SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint Server 2013 Features

Enterprise Content Management (ECM): Enterprise Content Management System will be one of the main highlights of SharePoint 2013. Social integration, usability, and search features get strong enhancements which will allow users to share and seek data in a familiar and contemporary way. Some interesting ECM highlights include the following:

  • FAST Search is now unified with SharePoint Server Search.
  • You can drag and drop a document upload.
  • You can share documents and files in your news feed.
  • You can build usable and attractive navigation with managed metadata keywords or terms.
  • You can perform mass edit of document metadata.

Enterprise Search: The Search feature in SharePoint 2013 has been restored entirely for huge scalability, a comprehensible search result experience, enterprise wide indexing, and more that demands precision. Some improvements to the Enterprise Search feature include the following:

  • You can group similar search results together using result blocks.
  • With the help of query suggestions, users can find what they searched for before.
  • With the help of HTML editor, site collection administrators can build display templates in order to customize the search result appearance.
  • You can find documents easily with the help of Microsoft Office file type icons.
  • Ranking models helps improve intranet search, people search, and search on internet sites.
  • Analytics is now put up straight into the SharePoint Search architecture.
  • Query rules allow admins to align result blocks and promoted results.
  • Constant crawling sorts new items almost quickly accessible in search results.
  • You can now hover over preview panel for search results.

Enterprise Collaboration and Social Networking: Highly influenced by popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others, Microsoft has put in lot of interesting features in its social networking platform. Some powerful features include the following:

  • News feeds similar to that you see in Facebook with a like button and support for hyperlinks and pictures.
  • SharePoint Workspace replaced with Skydrive Pro for offline content sync with a profound Microsoft Office 2013 integration.
  • Threaded discussion boards that allow you to post replies to particular people in your network using the (at) name format feature as you see in Twitter.
  • Follow feature similar to that in Twitter that allows you to follow specific people and documents to get appropriate updates.
  • Hashtags to tag content for quick accessibility to people talking on the same topic.

Enterprise Workflow: SharePoint 2013 Workflow is rebuilt on Windows Workflow Foundation 4. This extends workflow processing outside the realm of SharePoint Server.  Some new Workflow features include the following:

  • You will find visual and text based workflow design features in SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • Now you can have workflows loop till a definite condition is met.

Enterprise Web Content Management (WCM): Microsoft has been planning major enhancements on this part of SharePoint 2013. The complete WCM platform has been restructured and enhanced for the up-to-date web standards, compatibility with mobile devices, quick content publishing and reuse, multi-language sites, and brand packaging and deployment. Other prominent enhancements include:

  • Availability of familiar tools including Adobe Dreamweaver to design a brand or a site.
  • Design manager to customize, preview, and package your site in the internet browser.
  • Reusable content that can be viewed by different devices via device channels.
  • Mark-up has be architected for modest CSS and HTML5.
  • The new Content Search Webpart enables you to rollup content across site collections for suggested or related content.
  • The new Machine translation service can spontaneously decode your content into diverse languages.
  • You can create an ecommerce sites without any need for coding or out-of-the-box configuration.

Administration is made easy in SharePoint 2013!

Central Administration: SharePoint 2013 centralized administration offers advanced administrative functionality such as application management, system settings, monitoring via Health Analyzer, Timer Jobs, farm backup, granular backup, and restore, general and user security, and more.

Quick Management using PowerShell: Similar to other Microsoft server products, SharePoint 2013 can also be managed using PowerShell. However, it has more choices and automation possibilities. PowerShell ISE and PowerShell 3.0 in Windows Server 2012 offer you a more comprehensible script editing environment for creating SharePoint PowerShell scripts.

Easy Identity Management: SharePoint 2013 provides farm administrators various options to manage user accounts and how they validate to SharePoint. Some SharePoint 2013 authentication management features include ASP.NET form authentication, claims-based authentication and identity, IIS and Windows authentication.

Easy and Centralized App Management: The new SharePoint App infrastructure and framework allows administrators to install isolated App functionality to their farms and manage the related licensing all in a central place.

SharePoint 2013 Designer for code-less development of SharePoint applications: The new SharePoint 2013 includes new SharePoint Designer 2013 features such as CSS and HTML 5 support, refurbished graphical workflow designer interface, support to loops and workflow stages.

Improved Scalability and Performance: SharePoint 2013 boasts significant enhancements in performance and scalability. You get huge database I/O improvements with shredded storage and quicker load times all thanks to better caching and IIS compression.

End-User can be more than happy with SharePoint 2013

Optimized Mobile Experience: SharePoint 2013 offers the new Microsoft metro user interface for both desktop and mobile users. The push notification feature allows you to send device updates to a Windows phone. The new release also supports geolocation which is used for mobile application development. Some mobile devices can also view business intelligence data such as SQL Reporting Services reports, , Excel Services reports, and PerformancePoint Web Parts and. You can also view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents in mobile browsers with additional functionality.

SharePoint 2013 for Developers

Client Object Model: Use Client Object Model to build applications that operate outside SharePoint Server. The Client Object Model communicates with SharePoint through web service call. There are three kinds of client object models, i.e., one for Silverlight applications, one for .Net applications, and one for mobile applications. There is also a JavaScript object model and new OData/REST endpoints which enables you to build various applications using your platform of choice and language.

SharePoint Apps: In SharePoint 2013, sandboxed solutions have been swapped with SharePoint Apps. SharePoint Apps have more dominant capabilities which include the ability to make use of cross site collection data, single locked down permissions, and ability to build applications with familiar languages and IDEs.

Business Connectivity Services: SharePoint 2013 has prolonged the business connectivity service to include  OData as a supported data source, new Eventing (event handler) framework, , support for SharePoint Apps, a new client side object model (CSOM) API, and External list performance improvements.

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SharePoint 2010 Accessibility

2010 September 10

SharePoint 2010’s Accessibility feature provides templates, master pages, controls and Web parts along with technical documentation to advance MOSS accessibility for people with disabilities. SharePoint 2010 accessibility provides built-in support for keyboard navigation and support for industry-wide accessibility standards.

Accessibility is an important part of any collaboration or web content management system. For SharePoint this is no exception. As a starting point, SharePoint adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, WCAG 2.0, and set a goal for Level AA.

SharePoint 2010 Accessibility feature is perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. SharePoint 2010 delivers broad changes to describe content and media and to explain controls. Apps4Rent now offers the latest Hosted SharePoint 2013 to its customers at affordable prices.

Features of SharePoint 2010 Accessibility kit include the following:

  1. Keyboard interaction has been a basis in feature evaluations to maximize device compatibility and usability
  2. Proper heading structures have been added to pages for informational, organizational, and navigational benefits.
  3. Across SharePoint, improved language support has been added and integrated this information into the pages and into the advanced editors page
  4. SharePoint supports browser settings to zoom content and operating system features to increase font sizes.
  5. New design efforts help declare Doc Types and specify CSS-standards rendering for the master pages. This has dramatically improved the cross-browser support.
  6. Broad investments were made to update the markup to be like well-formed XML, and the new rich text editor has clean markup and a function to convert its content into XHTML.

Take advantage of SharePoint Accessibility and other useful features of SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint Foundation hosting or SharePoint Server 2010 – with shared or dedicated hosting by Apps4Rent. Also see feature comparison of SharePoint Foundation vs Server 2010. We offer free SharePoint with our hosted exchange plans. MOSS 2007 is also available.

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SharePoint 2010 Web Parts

2010 September 10

SharePoint 2010 Out-of-the-box Web parts add functionality anywhere in a site with point-and-click simplicity. There are around 40 out-of-the-box Web Parts available.

Find some Out-of-the-box Web parts below:

Lists and Libraries – These are similar to the same Web Parts offered in MOSS 2007.

– Announcements
– Calendar
– Contacts
– Links
– Shared Documents
Sites Assets – Use this library to store files which are included on page within the site such as images on Wiki pages
– Tasks
– Team Discussions

Business Data

– Business Data Actions
– Business Data Connectivity Filter
– Business Data Item
– Business Data Item Builder
– Business Data List
– Business Data Related List
– Indicator Details
-Status List

Content Rollup

– Content Query
– HTML Form Web Part
– Picture Library Slideshow Web Part
– RSS Viewer
Web Analytics Web Part – Displays the most viewed content, most popular search queries, or most popular clicked search results as reported by Web Analytics fo rthe site or site collection
– XML Viewer


– Document Set Contents – Displays the contents of the Document Set
– Document Set Properties – Displays the properties of the Document Set
– Enter a Document ID – Finds a document by its Document ID
– Relevant Documents – Displays documents that are relevant to the current user


– Choice Filter
– Current User Filter
– Date Filter
– Filter Actions
– Page Field Filter
– Query String (URL) Filter
– SharePoint List Filter
– SQL Server Analysis Services Filter
– Text Filter

Media and Content

– Content Editor
– Image Viewer
Media Web Part – Use to embed media clips (video and audio) in web page
Page Viewer
Silverlight Web Part – A Web Part to display a Silverlight application

My Information

– My Calendar
– My Contacts
– My Inbox
– My Mail Folder
– My Tasks


– Categories
– Site Aggregator
– Sites in Category
– Summary Links
– Table of Contents
Tag Cloud – Displays the most popular subjects being tagged inside your organization

Office Client Applications

– Excel Web Access
InfoPath Form Web Part – Use this Web Part to display an InfoPath browser-enabled form
– Visio Web Access – Enables viewing and refreshing of published Visio Diagrams
WSRP Viewer


– Contact Detail
Note Board – Enables users to leave short, publicly-viewable notes about a page
Organization Browser – Displays each person in the reporting chain in the interactive view optimized for browsing organization charts
– Site Users
– User Tasks

Performance Point

– PerformancePoint Filter
– PerformancePoint Report
– PerformancePoint Scorecard
– PerformancePoint Stack Selector


– Advanced Search Box
Dual Chinese Search – Used to search Dual Chinese documentand items at the same time
– Federated Results
People Refinement Panel – This web part helps the users to refine people search results
– People Search Box
– People Search Core Results
Refinement Panel – used to refine results
– Related Queries
– Search Action LInks
– Search Best Bets
– Searhc Box
– Search Core Results
– Search Paging
– Search Statistics
– Search Summary
Search Visual Best Bet – displays visual best bets
– Search Federated Results


Chart Web Part – Helps you visualize your data on SharePoint Sites and on a SharePoint portal.

Take advantage of SharePoint Out-of-the-box Web Parts and other useful features of SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint Foundation hosting or SharePoint Server 2010 – with shared or dedicated hosting by Apps4Rent. Also see feature comparison of SharePoint Foundation vs Server 2010. We offer free SharePoint with our hosted exchange plans. SharePoint 2013 Server Hosting, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or  MOSS 2007 is also available.

With the best SharePoint hosting price plans in the industry, Apps4Rent provides any sized business the power to integrate the virtual collaboration technology into their business model and streamline communications at a minimal SharePoint hosting price rate of $8.95 per month.

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SharePoint 2010 Connect-to-Office

2010 September 10

In SharePoint 2010, you can be connected to Microsoft Office Clients. How? Using SharePoint 2010’s Connect-to-office feature by letting Microsoft Office applications know which SharePoint libraries you frequently use. When you connect a library to Office, the library is available in the Office Back Stage for opening and saving files. When you want to create a new Office document, you can view the list of templates in connected libraries as well as local and online templates.

Take advantage of SharePoint Connect-to-office feature and other useful features of SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint Foundation hosting or SharePoint Server 2010 – with shared or dedicated hosting by Apps4Rent. Also see feature comparison of SharePoint Foundation vs Server 2010. We offer free SharePoint with our hosted exchange plans. Hosted SharePoint Server 2013 and  MOSS 2007 are also available.


With the best SharePoint hosting price plans in the industry, Apps4Rent provides any sized business the power to integrate the virtual collaboration technology into their business model and streamline communications at a minimal Microsoft SharePoint hosting price rate of $8.95 per month.

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Audience Targeting in SharePoint 2010

2010 August 20

Audience targeting in SharePoint 2010 (now available in hosted mode for Standard and Enterprise versions) is one of the significant features of SharePoint 2010 that helps target groups and individuals with specific pages, Web Parts, and content. With the help of audience targeting feature, content can be targeted in a site for viewing by one or more specific audiences. SharePoint 2010 supports targeting using rules-based audiences, SharePoint groups, and distribution-list memberships. These audiences can span one or more sites in a given deployment. In addition, SharePoint 2010 provides the ability to target any list item, not just the lists. This means that virtually any individual item within the site – documents, events, custom list items, and even entire sites – may now be targeted to specific audiences. Apps4Rent now offers the latest among SharePoint version, i.e., SharePoint 2013 Hosting Services.

Using the Audience Targeting feature of SharePoint 2010, Web Part content can be targeted in the following ways:

  1. Web Parts can be targeted so that members of different audiences see different Web Parts on a page
  2. Using Web Parts that recognize audience membership, items or links in a list can be targeted to one or more audiences, so that only members of those audiences can view the targeted items within the Web Parts. read more…
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SharePoint 2010 Managed Accounts

2010 August 11

Now you can reduce your administrative expenses by allowing SharePoint 2010 to take control of your accounts. How? SharePoint 2010 Managed Accounts can automatically reset passwords based on domain policies and notify administrators when passwords are expiring. By storing account information in SharePoint 2010 Managed Accounts, you can keep your information secure and reduce the overhead required to manage it yourself. In brief, a Managed Account is effectively an Active Directory user account whose credentials are managed by and contained within SharePoint. In addition to storing the credentials of the object, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 can also leverage Active Directory Domain Policies to automatically reset passwords while meeting the requirements established by policy. Moreover, Apps4Rent now offers the latest in the line of SharePoint versions, i.e., Hosted SharePoint Server 2013 with better features and collaboration benefits for its users. 

How Managed Accounts credentials are stored?

Managed Account credentials are encrypted using a farm encryption key that is specified when you run PSConfig[ui].exe at farm creation based on the passphrase. The passphrase is stored read more…

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Unique Document IDs in SharePoint Server 2010

2010 August 11

What is Document ID Service?

Whenever you try to move a document within a site collection, the broken links appear? Don’t worry now! SharePoint 2010 has come up with a new Site Collection feature called the Unique Document ID Service.

How to enable the Document ID Service?

To enable the Unique Document ID feature, you can go to the Site Settings -> Site Collection Features (under Site Collection Administration) or you can launch the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell and run the following:

PS C:\Users\blairb> Enable-SPFeature -id docid -url <site collection url>

After installing the Unique Document Service, you will see that your document has a field called Document ID. Note that for existing documents some action has to be taken on the document to cause a Document ID to be generated (like check-in/check-out.) Any new documents will have a Document ID generated read more…

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SharePoint Health Analyzer

2010 August 6

What is a SharePoint Health Analyzer?

Want to quickly find and fix potential problems across all of the servers in your farm? Then don’t forget to take a look at SharePoint Health Analyzer. SharePoint Health Analyzer is a feature in SharePoint 2010 that allows administrators to schedule regular, automatic checks for potential configuration, performance, and usage problems in the server farm. Any errors that SharePoint Health Analyzer finds are identified in status reports that are made available to farm administrators in Central Administration. Status reports that are produced by SharePoint Health Analyzer explains each issue, list the servers where the problem exists, and outline the steps that an administrator can take to treat the problem. In some cases, errors are repaired automatically as soon as they are found, and farm administrators are informed of the repairs. read more…

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SharePoint 2010 Workflow Models

2010 August 6

SharePoint 2010 offers many new improvements for workflow developers and builds on the popularity of workflow in SharePoint Server 2007. Moving further, now SharePoint 2013 Hosting has arrived in the market with far more better workflow features seen in SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. SharePoint workflow is recommended for long-running human workflows where we are often waiting for people to complete tasks.

Changes in Workflow Model Design Tools
SharePoint 2010 provides more choices in tooling to better fit the needs of those creating and maintaining workflow models. The tools for workflow development include Visual Studio 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, and Visio 2010. SharePoint 2010 requires .NET Framework 3.5. The next version of the .NET Framework 4.0 is currently in development but product timelines meant SharePoint 2010 was not dependent on it.

SharePoint Designer 2010 also has a new graphical workflow designer for designing workflows and deploying them directly to SharePoint. It can also be used as a prototyping tool before workflows are further developed in Visual Studio 2010.

Another improvement in SharePoint Designer 2010 is that it now allows you to edit the out-of-the-box workflows that come with SharePoint. It will also use InfoPath forms if InfoPath is installed or the Data Form Web Part read more…

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SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model

2010 August 5

In SharePoint 2010, there is an interesting feature called Client Object Model (Client OM) which is a unified model that uses the same or similar programming concepts as the Server Object Model (Server OM). The Client Object Model can be accessed via web services, via a client (JavaScript) API, and via REST.

Why Client Object Model?

You must be thinking now why should I have Client Object Model when millions of sites are running smoothly without the Client Object Model. So here is the answer to your question – Client object Model is the result of SharePoint customers’ request to Microsoft to introduce more and more web services to get data out of SharePoint. But introducing web services will not fix the issues, as Microsoft found, because then the request for more functionality in the web services will continue. Even if Microsoft provides a good number of web services with SharePoint, customization in web services will be required for different clients, and this will make the out-of-the-box web services unusable. Also introducing a large number of web services will be a waste as not all companies will use all the web services functionalities. Thus, in order to add more web services from users, Microsoft has taken a different approach called Client Object Model (OM). read more…

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