Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 finally reached RTM!

The time we’ve been waiting for has come. The Microsoft Office team just announced that SharePoint 2013 (and Office 2013 of course) has been signed off and is now RTM. It wont be long until we can get the final builds of these awesome products!

Words from the team


[blockquote]Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers. [/blockquote]

From the SharePoint team:


We will begin rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service updates, starting in November through general availability.

Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance (SA) will be able to download SharePoint 2013 on-premise through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. For business customers without SA, it will also be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.[/blockquote]

A fantastic preview/beta

If you’ve been around a while, you know that with the release of 2010 the documentation was "Okay" and code samples were not very elaborate and not many. With the release of SharePoint 2007 it was even worse, lack of proper documentation and samples alltogether when it first came out in it’s beta period.

With the release of the public preview/beta2 version of SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013, Microsoft has done a GREAT job in publishing articles and code samples. Kudos to the product groups for pushing so much great content out in a beta-stage. I can’t wait to get started with upgrading customers and have clients evaluate the new features in 2013.


With that announced, we’ll just have to wait a few weeks before we can get our hands on the final RTM builds.

Well done, SharePoint and Office PG’s.

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  • Régis

    And do you let your clients evaluate WordPress, too, or do you keep the best Web Content Management for yourself?

    • Tobias Zimmergren

      Hi Regis, that’s indeed a fair question.
      I work a lot with collaboration portals and intranets and with those requirements WordPress just doesn’t cut it. However, for a Web Content Management system WordPress, EpiServer and a few others are pretty hot – as well as SharePoint.
      When it comes to having clients evaluate different platforms, it always comes down to what suits their needs the best – not what tool, technique or platform I/we prefer ourselves as consultants.

      • Régis

        Thanks for your reply, and apologes for the original comment that was a little agressive.

        I’m honestly curious to know what feature is in SharePoint that is not in WordPress when it comes to WCM.

        Inversly, I can quote many that are in WordPress but not in Sharepoint: tags with autocompletion, trackbacks in the blog (isn’t that a core blogging feature?), nice url, integration with other systems (like disqus which definitely encourages comments), easy html editor (in particular, inserting an image is a drag and drop in WordPress ; when it’s is a painful operation in Sharepoint: the image needs to be uploaded first in an image library, the link is hard to find, and this link needs to be pasted in the article ; there is no help to get different sizes of the image).

        I can also mention things in SharePoint that can be considered as bugs: You can read a comment with no possibility to know what article it is attached to.

        • Tobias Zimmergren

          Hi Regis,

          No worries.

          I did say that WordPress IS a good WCM system if you read my previous comment, no doubt about it.

          Then you are talking about the blog functionality – and honestly, like I’ve written in my own blog a few times – WordPress kicks SharePoints butt when it comes to blogging and SEO. No question about it.

          For a collaboration/portal solution however, where the collaborative efforts are most important, SharePoint is really hot. But that’s a story for an entirely other thread :-)
          Opinions vary. But to me the most important thing is evaluating all available tools and platforms and take it from there. And yes, I’ve impemented WordPress to a few of my clients as well.
          Cheers :)