Essential Guide

An introduction to SharePoint 2013

We've compiled the best expert advice on licensing, Exchange site mailboxes and Exchange integration to give you the best introduction to SharePoint 2013.


SharePoint 2013 is the latest iteration of the collaboration platform tool, and it comes revamped with new features that add social media capabilities while easing the overall user experience.

Microsoft pushed for easier integration with Exchange 2013 in its release of SharePoint 2013. The eDiscovery Center makes it easier to perform e-discovery, which is a must in today's legal climate that calls for simple data location and retrieval.

Another feature that eases integration with Exchange 2013 is the site mailbox. Site mailboxes let users have access to SharePoint documents and Exchange email with Outlook 2013.

The other major change that comes with SharePoint 2013 is in licensing. Although Microsoft left the basic licensing model alone, the company did away with license requirements for external users, as well as the FAST search feature. In turn, Microsoft created a new search feature and new requirements that can save organizations money.

We've compiled the best information from our Windows IT, Exchange and content management experts to bring you a complete introduction to SharePoint 2013. Included are expert looks at site mailbox capabilities, the SharePoint 2013 integration with Exchange, what licensing changes mean for organizations and a glossary of terms related to SharePoint 2013.

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Using site mailboxes with SharePoint 2013

After the SharePoint 2013 and Exchange 2013 release, a new feature started to get major attention. Site mailboxes, which facilitate collaboration between SharePoint and Exchange, combine shared mailbox messaging features with SharePoint 2013 document storage capabilities. These five tips give admins the best information on how to make the most of what site mailboxes offer.


Using SharePoint 2013 to create Exchange 2013 site mailboxes

There are five things admins should keep in mind when they create site mailboxes. These include certificate requirements, changes with apps and synchronized connections. Continue Reading


Configure site mailboxes in SharePoint 2013

This tip includes step-by-step instructions for configuring site mailboxes in a lab environment. Continue Reading


Site mailboxes just one of the new Exchange 2013 features

If you think site mailboxes sound like a great new feature of the Exchange 2013 release, wait until you read what else is new and how to put these other features into action. Continue Reading


Site mailboxes can help organizations solve on-premises vs. cloud dilemma

Users can have more effective collaboration when they use site mailboxes, but that's not all that Exchange 2013 offers when it comes to hybrid deployments. Continue Reading


SharePoint 2013 features further cloud conversation

Site mailboxes are just one of the features that can help organizations move toward the cloud. But with the increased flexibility these features offer, potential upgrade issues move into the spotlight. Continue Reading


Licensing changes in SharePoint 2013

Microsoft made some changes to its licensing for the release of SharePoint 2013. The company left its basic licensing model alone, but the new requirements can save customers a lot of money if they make the right choice for their organization. These tips take a closer look at these licensing changes and the effects that saving money can have in other aspects of using SharePoint.


SharePoint 2013 licensing changes admins should know

The good news is that SharePoint 2013 licensing is getting simpler and less expensive. Here's a look at the options admins have. Continue Reading


Licensing differences with on-premises SharePoint vs. online SharePoint

There are a number of issues companies face when they look at using SharePoint on-premises versus in the cloud, and it's important to make sure all SharePoint servers are properly licensed. Continue Reading


What new apps mean for SharePoint 2013 licensing

SharePoint 2013 lets admins track license usage with the help of different tools, including the Central Administration console, which helps admins manage internal apps licensing. Continue Reading


Less expensiveSharePoint 2013 licensing can inspire further savings with maintenance

If you need to cut costs beyond licensing, admins can take a look at their maintenance programs for further savings and refining management. Continue Reading


Licensing figured out? Now put together a good training program for users

Once you've determined which licensing option is best for your organization, you can decide the best ways to train your users for SharePoint. Continue Reading

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SharePoint 2013 integration with Exchange

One of the best changes in SharePoint 2013 is that it allows for better integration with Exchange. Features such as Exchange 2013 site mailboxes and the eDiscovery Center help with SharePoint 2013 integration. These tips go into detail about the best ways to use these features, and offer detailed instructions for getting the most out of integrating with Exchange.


How SharePoint 2013 tightens integration with Exchange 2013

Two new features in SharePoint 2013 -- site mailboxes and in-place eDiscovery -- have been revamped so they can help with closer integration with Exchange. Continue Reading


Synchronize Outlook 2013 with SharePoint 2013 lists

Outlook 2013 now offers built-in support for SharePoint 2013 lists so users can access SharePoint data directly through an Outlook client. Don't forget one of the most important steps, however: user training. Continue Reading


E-discovery in SharePoint 2013 eases Exchange data mining

SharePoint 2013 has a new feature, the eDiscovery Center, which eases mailbox queries and reduces the time it takes to mine data in Exchange. This feature now allows e-discovery in Exchange and Lync. Continue Reading


The SharePoint 2013 features that encourage Exchange integration

With features like the eDiscovery Center, SharePoint 2013 adds support for Exchange while making other SharePoint features less disruptive. Continue Reading


What every Exchange organization should consider for SharePoint integration

Exchange organizations should think about the specifics of integrating with SharePoint, including when to consider hosted versions, common issues and inefficient ways to use tools. Continue Reading

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Key terms in SharePoint 2013

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