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Optimized Mobile Browsing with SharePoint 2013


With the recent public availability of the SharePoint 2013 preview, there has been a lot of excitement around the new features of SharePoint 2013, especially the features relating to the enhancement of the mobile experience.

Today, as more and more people work remotely or on the road, a seamless mobile experience to content stored on a SharePoint site becomes vital to enhancing productivity. SharePoint 2013 makes the transition from the office to the road smooth with its introduction of new capabilities for mobile. Some of the new capabilities for mobile with SharePoint 2013 include:

  1. Optimized mobile browser experience
  2. Device channels
  3. Push notifications
  4. Location
  5. Business intelligence content
  6. Office Web Apps

The optimized mobile browser addition is an exciting and necessary feature of SharePoint 2013, and will be the area of  focus on for this entry.  If you have ever used a mobile device to connect to a SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2007 site, and have opened the mobile version of the web page, then you know very well how the content and URLs look on a mobile device- not exactly the best rendering.


With SharePoint 2013, this layout is now called the “Classic View,” because there are two new viewing modes that are introduced in SharePoint 2013 – Contemporary View and Full-Screen UI.


Contemporary View

While the Classic View is intended for backwards compatibility with older mobile devices, the new Contemporary view renders content in HTML5. You’ll need at least Internet Explorer 9.0 (WP 7.5), Safari 4.0 (iPhone 4), or Android browser for Android 4.0 to experience the contemporary view.


Full-Screen UI

The Full-Screen UI shows the expanded desktop view on the mobile device. The full-screen capability is a really cool feature that has been added to the 2013 platform applications, like Office 2013. With the shift to metro styled, full screen applications; the user experience has been taken to a whole new level of interactivity with applications so that the focus is on the content, rather than having to worry about the underlying platform.


For more details on the mobile features of SharePoint 2013 are available at this Microsoft TechNet link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161352(v=office.15).

For more details on the mobile device experience in SharePoint 2013 can be found at this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161351(v=office.15)#MBE


Stay tuned for my posts in the next few weeks, which will continue to focus on the new features of SharePoint 2013. Next week, I will explore the new features relating to eDiscovery with SharePoint 2013.


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