What’s coming and what’s going in SharePoint 2010 & 2013?
Now is the time to take an overall look at the deprecated features in SharePoint. For those that haven’t considered migrating yet, this is first step in educating yourself and your “users” on what they won’t have in the future and the ability to start coming up with a game plan of how to get around some of these impending deprecated features. On one hand, it’s sad to see some of these features go away, but there are many alternatives in what SharePoint 2013 is bringing to the table to offset this. So far one of the biggest issues I’m hearing is the removal of the Document & Meeting workspace site templates. According to Microsoft, here’s what they have to say about it:
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.
It will be interesting to see how companies will handle this moving forward to say the least. It seems that of late I am thriving in OneNote and have started using this as part of the whole concept of collaborating as intended by the SharePoint platform. Why? For starters you can put OneNote in a SharePoint document library and then share it with those you intend to work with. Once it’s in OneNote you can access this by way of the OneNote installed on your computer (assuming you have this), otherwise you can use the Office Web App feature to access.
I find this all intriguing as I discuss this whole topic with friends operating small businesses and more so with artists that are looking at ways to collaborate with their web designers and photographers. This might fall more in the realm of Office 365.
For a quick summary of all the features, see my recent page; Deprecated Features
Here is the complete documentation article from Technet.