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Updated by Mark Jones on Feb 01, 2021
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Favourite SharePoint 2013 features?

SharePoint 2013 has shipped and it's now main stream. We'd love to hear what your favourite 2013 features are, so please add them! Also vote up the killer ones and why not embed the list to see if we can make it one awesome resource!


Ability to drag files straight into document libraries.

It's pretty awesome, adding files in 2007 and 2010 was a bit of a bind. This is a real time saver. Click the image to play the video!

Content Search Web Part

Content Search Web Part displays search results in a way that you can easily format. Each Content Search Web Part is associated with a search query and shows the results for that search query.
You can use display templates to change how search results appear on the page. Display templates are snippets of HTML and JavaScript that render the information returned by SharePoint. The information to be displayed gets inserted into the page in JSON format.

Design Manager helps branding to be done easier

It's now easy to brand a site using the new Design Manager.

Continous Crawl in SharePoint 2013 Search

SharePoint 2013 now offers a new option for crawling, which is continuous Crawl and makes sure all your indexes are up to date!

User Profile AD Import

The User Profile AD import now imports the profiles up to 6 times faster!

More sophisticated Activity Feeds

Activity feeds now allow other users to interact with updates, like in Facebook.

Community Sites

Community Sites are brand new and all about getting people to discuss a topic.


Lists 'view' selector back next to list

Lists 'view' selector back next to list

When it was moved to the Ribbon in 2010 this caused lots of problems when you have more than one web part on a page - now its back next to the list.

New App Model

This is going to be big.... eventually.