SharePoint 2013 comes along with lots of new features especially in the social area. But it also comes up with lots of features which are deprecated – which have been available in SharePoint 2010 but won’t be available in SharePoint 2013.
Well, i don’t want to list every detail in this post, because someone was faster and wrote it down at this nice page. You really should have a look at it later, after you finished reading my post and maybe a second post…
What surprised me at first look was the announcement that the templates for a document workspace and all meeting workspaces won’t be available at SharePoint 2013. Existing sites using this template will operate in SharePoint 2013 but you cannot create new ones and in the version after SP2013 you can’t even use them anymore. So if you are using them for a longer period you should look for a new solution.
Meeting Workspace site templates
Description: When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, all five of the Meeting Workspace site templates are not available. This includes the Basic Meeting Workspace, Blank Meeting Workspace, Decision Meeting Workspace, Social Meeting Workspace, and Multipage Meeting Workspace.
Reason for change: SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 provide other features that support meetings and collaboration. For example, you can use Lync to conduct live meetings, OneNote to take notes during meetings, and a SharePoint team site or My Site to store shared meeting notes.
Migration path: Existing sites that were created by using the Meeting Workspace site templates will continue to operate in SharePoint 2013. The Meeting Workspace site templates will be removed completely from the next major release of SharePoint and sites that were created by using the Meeting Workspace site templates will not be supported.
Document Workspace site template
Description: When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Document Workspace site template is not available.
Reason for change: The scenario of collaborating on a document is now provided by the Team Site site template. The Document Workspace site template was removed from SharePoint 2013 to simplify the list of templates that are available when a user creates a new site collection.
Migration path: Existing sites that were created by using the Document Workspace site template will continue to operate in SharePoint 2013. The Document Workspace site template will be removed completely from the next major release of SharePoint and sites that were created by using the Document Workspace site template will not be supported.
Well, on the one hand it was great to use these workspaces. Especially the meeting workspace was useful for managing multiple meeting dates at one place. On the other hand it is quite complicated to run solutions on these templates cause of the meeting instance id. But that depends on what kind of solution.
So if you have another opinion to that i would like to hear. My next question: The existing meeting workspaces can be migrated in the version after SP2013 to what? How do you get all your data into a new template without changing the structure? And how do you organize such meetings now in SharePoint 2013? Are using lync combining SharePoint – It might getting interesting if you are running in such a project.
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He is Consultant for SharePoint Solutions for collaboration, communication and business processes. He provides his customers applications based on standard features as well as development or combining the power of several microsoft tools like Dynamics CRM. In his free time he tries to collect tipps and worthy experience in this blog.