Speculation is running rampant, and Microsoft has yet to confirm anything, but expect the next version of SharePoint (SP) – dubbed SharePoint 15 – to be released by Spring 2013. We do know for certain, however, that MS has put significant money into redesigning the user interface – the look-and-feel –by a factor of four. Count on a major redesign of the My Sites / My Profiles.
Additionally, we also know that SP15 will have better cloud support and functionality, when compared to the current SharePoint Online offering, better mobile support, and web development support.
Here’s a summary of the suggested, forthcoming improvements to SharePoint:
Improved design interface for social networking
Better suited for cloud environment
A new SharePoint app marketplace
Improved mobile support
Simplified development and integration
Overhauled Client Object Model (COM)
Enable workflow looping in SharePoint Designer, eliminating the need for the Visual Studio