October 30, 2012

What's New in Search in SharePoint 2013

On October 30th I delivered a Webinar on What's new in Search in SharePoint 2013.

Microsoft has made and continues to make massive investments in Search in SharePoint.  Following the acquisition of FAST in 2008, portions of the FAST search technology made its way into SharePoint Search, but FAST remained as a separate product.  For SharePoint 2013, there is only SharePoint Search, combining the power of FAST and the work that Microsoft has been doing to go beyond that.

Some of the key features highlighted are:

  • Architecture and scalability
  • 2013 Search user experience
    • Live Office Preview using with integration of Office Web Applications
    • Customization of the search presentation, using HTML display templates rather than XSLT
    • Concept of Search Verticals
    • Managed Metadata driven refinement
  • The new Content Search web part - killer replacement for the Content Query web part
  • Topic pages - leveraging managed Metadata Navigation, Content By Search web part and Improved Keyword Query Language
  • Cross-site publishing to share content between sites or even farms, by leveraging search
  • SEO enhancements - end user and search engine friendly URLs, on page SEO properties, auto-generated XML site map
  • Usage Analytics - feeding right back into Search, usage based ranking, no. of views information in search results
  • Top Viewed Pages - pre-configured Content Search web part

You can view the presentation and video at the links below:

Presentation - What's New in Search 2013
Video - What's New in Search 2013