Nathaniel Granor is a Program Manager on the SharePoint engineering team, focused on user experience.
(If you are experienced with SharePoint, you might be a little confused by this term “app”. In SharePoint 2013, “App” refers to a piece of functionality that you can add to a site. Lists and libraries are apps, but there are other new kinds of apps as well (for example, the Site Mailbox app isn’t a list or a library).
As you add new apps to your site, they’ll be available from the “Site Contents” page. The five most recently installed apps will also show up on the Quick Launch under the heading “Recent.” You can edit the Quick Launch to keep it organized and ensure that the most important items in your site are available. For example, after I install the Tasks app, I’ll edit the navigation and drag Tasks a bit higher, because it’s important.
As the project continues, the site can adapt to suit your needs. In the case of my kitchen remodel, eventually I’ll share the site with my contractor so he has access to all of the project information and can add his updates. Later, we’ll share certain documents on the site with sub-contractors (but we won’t give them access to the whole thing). We’ve drastically simplified the experience around sharing sites and documents. Keep an eye out for a post focusing on this topic.
When construction of my kitchen gets underway, I’ll add a Picture Library and upload photos showing progress. Perhaps I’ll share this with friends and family.
There’s so much more to show about sites and the rest of the new SharePoint Experience! Check out the Office 365 Preview to see for yourself how a SharePoint team site is now a living and breathing place for getting things done.