August 4, 2014

OWA web parts in SharePoint 2013

When I tried finding the OWA web parts in the SharePoint 2013 OOTB web parts, I couldn't find the web parts and “Outlook Web App” category is also not available. I was thinking it is deprecated or not available in SharePoint 
After searching, I found the following solution.
Steps to add Outlook web parts
1.   Go to Web part Gallery.
2.   On Web part Gallery page, Click Files-> New Document -> New in the ribbon.
 3.   On New web part page (NewDWp.aspx), look for Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls.OWA, select the web parts related to the outlook as shown below and populate gallery.
4.   Now, under Miscellaneous Category, you will see the web parts related to Outlook. 
Hope this helps you!

July 28, 2014

SharePoint 2013 & 2010 OOTB Web Parts Comparison

There are many changes made in SP 2013 in OOTB web parts. I tried creating
a summary which shows the following:
1. What category is added or removed in SP 2013?
2. What are the web parts removed from SP 2013?
3. What are the new web parts added and their functionality?

Downloadable Link for the below file: Link to download

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July 23, 2014

Promoted Links in SharePoint 2013

Promoted Links is a new list type added in SharePoint 2013.
What it is and how to use this?
1.   New app in SP 2013 available Out of Box
2.   It is similar app like “Get Started with your site” in the home page 
3.   It is a very cool feature which allows you to add images and links to it and display it in a Tile view in a page for quick navigation.
4.   Let’s create a promoted links app for our SharePoint 2013 home page.
5.   Go to “Add an App” -> Promoted Links -> Give a name “Home Page Navigation”
6.   You will see a message. The list is empty, Add tiles from the All Promoted Links view. Now, start adding the images and links in the app as shown below
When you click on the “All Promoted Links” you will see a list view to add items in it.
Adding new item will have the following fields
a.    Title
b.    Background Image Location
c.    Description
d.   Link Location
e.    Launch behavior
f.     Order 

Example of one item added.
Similarly, I have added 4 items in the list.
Now, in the list, if you navigate to the Tile View, you will see the images with the links displayed with Links. Cool Isn't? It is OUT OF BOX. 
If you hover the mouse, the title automatically goes up. You can click and navigate to the desired page.
This list can be displayed in a web part in the site home page which can be used for quick navigation. Please share this if it is useful!

July 22, 2014

July 1, 2014

New Features of SharePoint 2013

It has been a while here, there are many reasons and I was busy as well. Let’s start it again with SharePoint 2013J
SharePoint 2013 has many new features and it is trending in the market. Let’s see the list of features which is new and what is different from the other versions of SharePoint.
  1. HTML 5 and CSS 3 support  - Cross browser compatibility and optimized browser experience.
  2. Device Manager & Device Channels – new way of designing  theme for  the site using SharePoint Designer 2013.
  3. Community Portal – Social Networking  makes collaboration within the organization easier.
  4. New Search Experience (My favorite feature J) - Continuous Crawl – yes, you get the results once you publish the new contents to the site
    Fast Search is integrated in the search feature and it is not a separate product now, licensing becomes easier.
  5. Content Search Web Part – display information from the other web apps which is not possible in other versions of SharePoint – and off course content has to be crawled and indexed for displaying in this web part
  6. Rich Workflows – New actions, no code web service call
  7. Shredded Storage  - removes the duplicate files  and hence reduces the amount of storage in the site
  8. WCM – Managed metadata for navigation and shortening of URL’s
  9. Apps & Apps Store – Create and publish apps
  10. Mobile Experience –  Mobile usage has increased drastically and this feature allows you to view the SharePoint site in three view such as Classic, Contemporary, Full Screen UI.