Anyone in tech knows the drudgery of new updates. In fact, everyone who owns a computer probably knows the feeling. Sometimes we get comfortable with the old user interface, and then when a favorite feature is removed and replaced with one(s) that you don’t like or don’t make sense, that old version seems so much better.

That being said, you won’t find a lot of SharePointers who swear by the 2001 version, as users now have adopted SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013 systems–it’s these latter two versions that we want to focus on, as the majority of users are in 2010 and 2013. 

So for the 2010 user, the question is whether or not you want to upgrade to 2013. While that familiar “drudge” might be hovering around, consider a few advantages to upgrading.

  • Management: “Management” is the name given to SharePoint 2013’s content-aware switching, or load-balancing. This includes HTTP compression, priority queuing and so on. Essentially, this is an advanced way for SharePoint to manage a workstation or network’s resources.
  • Cache Service: “Cache Service” refers to database caching that provides more adaptability, flexibility and scalability to your system. The question here is whether content-aware switching and database caching are worth the compromises that come with upgrading.
  • Implementation: Theoretically, you could install 2013 and ignore these new features if you don’t need them, simply enjoying the streamlined performance.

Upgrading SharePoint isn’t an incredibly difficult process and can add considerable time savings and functionality once you’ve installed. 

To learn more on how to install Sharepoint 2013, click here.

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