Manage Permissions for SharePoint Designer on a Sub Site

SharePoint Designer 2013 is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. ​Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs.

When wanting to grant permission to users for using SharePoint Designer on a sub site please remember that it will require at least design permissions on the site collection.In SharePoint, only the Designers group and above (on the site collection) can open SharePoint sites in SharePoint Designer.

Overall, an user needs to be a member of one of the following groups at the site collection level to be able to use SharePoint Designer and modify SharePoint content:

  • Site Collection Administrators
  • Designers
  • Owners

SharePoint Online – The workflow could not update the item error

While using OOTB workflows with SharePoint Online you might face the below error.

The workflow could not update the item, possibly because one or more columns for the item require a different type of information.

This might occur because of the default workflow template being corrupt. The real reason is unknown though and the following steps will enable you to fix the above error.

  • Browse to the affected SharePoint site.
  • Click Site Actions, and then click Site Settings.
  • If the affected site is a sub-site instead of a top-level site, in the Site Collection Administration section, click Go to Top Level Site Settings.
  • Click Site Collection Features.
  • Deactivate the Workflow feature.
  • In SharePoint Designer, open the root of the site collection.
  • Go to Workflows.
  • Remove the Workflow in question (for example, Approval – SharePoint 2010).
  • In SharePoint, in Site Collection Features, reactivate the Workflow feature.
  • Confirm that the workflows are functioning as expected.

SharePoint online improvements

The rapid growth of Office 365 among enterprises has been influential in having Microsoft improve the platform. SharePoint Online is seen as a subset of it’s on-premise counterpart, but with the improvements pouring in thick and fast are working towards filling the gap between the two. Couple of weeks back Microsoft announced improvements to the SkyDrive Pro as described here. Now, few more improvements have been announced to the SharePoint on-line platform which are been listed below

File Upload – Single file upload has been increased from 250MB to 2GB (same as on premise)
  – Applies to SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint Team site document libraries
  – Drag and Drop files or use the standard upload file dialog box
  *.exe and *.dll are now acceptable file types by default (not blocked)
Site Collection – No of site collections to be increased from 3000 to 10000
  – Office 365 Enterprise Plans – 10000 site collections
– Office 365 Small Business Plans – 1 site collection
– Office 365 Midsize Business Plans – 20 site collections
List Lookup Threshold Relationship threshold of list lookups from 8 to 12 relations
Recycle Bin – File Retention period increased from 30 days to 90 days
  – Applies to site, site collection and SkyDrive Pro
  – Applies to documents, lists, list items, sites and site collections

Office 365 – SkyDrive Pro Improvements

skydriveproSkyDrive Pro allows you to store your files and share them easily with co-workers and access them from your mobile devices. Your files are safely kept in the cloud with SharePoint Online or on your company’s SharePoint Server 2013 servers, depending on what your company has set up.

SkyDrive Pro lets you:

  • Store and organize your private documents and other files in a secure location in the cloud or on your company’s SharePoint servers.
  • Share files and folders with other people in your organization and give them permission to review or edit the content.
  • Synchronize files and folders in your SkyDrive Pro and other SharePoint libraries with your computer or mobile devices, so you can access your content offline.

SkyDrive Pro Improvements

  • Now each user gets 25 GB of SkyDrive Pro storage space (earlier it was 7 GB).
  • SkyDrive Pro storage can now be increased beyond the default 25 GB-up to 50 GB & 100 GB.
  • New Shared with Me view allows you to find documents others have shared with you.

SharePoint Online Improvements

  • File upload limit in SharePoint Online to 2 GB/file
  • Default recycle bin retention to 90 days (earlier it was 30 days)

UPDATED 09/09/2013  –  SharePoint Online improvements have been documented here

Deprecated Features in SharePoint 2013

In the world of software development, "deprecated" refers to functions or elements that are in the process of being replaced by newer ones.While a deprecated software feature remains in the software its use may raise warning messages recommending alternative practices; deprecated status may also indicate that feature will be removed in the future. Features are deprecated rather than immediately removed to provide backward compatibility and give programmers time to bring affected code into compliance with the new standard. The following features in SharePoint 2010 Products that have been deprecated or removed from SharePoint 2013. Deprecated features are included in SharePoint 2013 for compatibility with previous product versions. These features will be removed in the next major release of SharePoint Products.

Feature Description Reason
Visual Upgrade The visual upgrade feature in SharePoint Server 2010 is not available in SharePoint 2013. The visual upgrade feature is replaced with deferred site collection upgrade. The site collection upgrade process is not reversible. The deferred site collection upgrade is a more comprehensive upgrade process than visual upgrade.
Document Workspace site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Document Workspace site template is not available. The scenario of collaborating on a document is now provided by the Team Site site template.
Personalization Site site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Personalization Site site template is not available. The Personalization Site site template was not a widely used site template.
Meeting Workspace site templates When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, all five of the Meeting Workspace site templates are not available. This includes the
Basic Meeting Workspace Blank Meeting Workspace Decision Meeting Workspace Social Meeting Workspace Multipage Meeting Workspace.
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.
Group Work site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Group Work site template is not available. The Group Work site template was not a widely used site template.
Visio Process Repository site template When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Visio Process Repository site template is not available. The Visio Process Repository site template was not a widely used site template.
Unghosting and customizing CSS files The following methods will be removed from the next major release of SharePoint
The methods are outdated and are no longer needed
Imaging Web service The Imaging Web service provides functionality for creating and managing picture libraries. The Imaging Web service will be removed from the next major release of SharePoint. The Imaging Web service is included and supported in SharePoint 2013. The Imaging Web service is not widely used. The only client application for the Imaging Web service, Office Picture Manager, is no longer included with SharePoint 2013.
Excel Services — Can’t edit workbooks in the browser that have external data connections Workbooks with external data connections that use Windows authentication cannot be refreshed in the browser. Instead, you are prompted to open the workbook in the Excel client program. This is a design limitation in SharePoint 2013.
Web Analytics Web Analytics in SharePoint Server 2010 has been discontinued and is not available in SharePoint 2013. Analytics processing for SharePoint 2013 is now a component of the Search service. A new analytics system was required for SharePoint 2013 that included improvements in scalability and performance, and that had an infrastructure that encompasses SharePoint Online.
Organization Profiles The Organization Profiles feature is deprecated in SharePoint Server 2013. Organization Profiles contain detailed information about an organization such as teams, divisions, and other information that describes the organization’s hierarchy. SharePoint features related to identities continue to evolve around the core concepts of users and groups, and SharePoint will not be investing further in OrgID.
Search capabilities The search capabilities of SharePoint Foundation 2013 have changed, and are now based on the same search implementation as SharePoint Server. This provides many improvements, but also means that the search configuration is very different. Alignment of basic capabilities between SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation.

For a complete list please visit the following links Changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 Discontinued features and modified functionality in Microsoft SharePoint 2013