It's been a busy year in the world of SharePoint. From the release of SharePoint 2013 to the SharePoint 2012 conference, we've covered a lot of news here on CMSWire. As a little holiday treat, here are the top 20 SharePoint articles of the year.

SharePoint Top 20

1) Our highest ranking article for 2012, Andrew Bishop's (@andrewbish) "SharePoint 2013: 7 Features Users are Going to Love"

Unlike the continual release model of its cloud based competitors, Microsoft releases a major version of SharePoint every three years. There are some downsides to this approach (see later in this article), but one definite upside is that when the releases do come around, those of us who work with SharePoint every day tend to get a bit excited. (As in, excited like first graders at a raspberry cordial party.)

2) Mike Ferrara's (@mikecferrara) "SharePoint 2013: 5 Reasons Why the New App Model Will Make Everyone Happy"

As I’m sure you’ve heard, on Monday Microsoft officially released the public preview for Office and SharePoint 2013. And although the NDA is still in place (super special people only), there’s a wealth of knowledge now in the public domain for consumption.

3) Mark Miller's "Why SharePoint 2013 Isn't for You"

There’s a lot of noise on the street since the announcement of SharePoint 2013. We’re headed towards the largest SharePoint conference of the year in Las Vegas this November and it’s only going to get louder. Where does that leave you, the end user of SharePoint? About where you were before the announcement came out, I would think. It should not affect you at all.

4) Steven Pogrebivsky's (@MetaVisTech) "5 Critical Steps to SharePoint Information Architecture Planning"

If you want to successfully implement SharePoint in your organization, then you need to clearly define and manage your information architecture (IA). There are a number of things you need to do to define your SharePoint IA and here are five critical steps to ensure you are on the right track.

5) Christ Wright's (@scribbleagency) "3 Things Windows 8 Can Teach SharePoint 2012"

Windows 8 was slowly revealed to the public during the course of 2011. A number of unofficial leaks were soon followed by an official "developer" preview in September at the Microsoft BUILD conference. The final product is due sometime in 2012 and is expected to be one of Microsoft's most important product launches ever.

 6) William Saville's (@SharePointUX) "Three Things to Know Before Using SharePoint to Build Your Website"

Starting any Microsoft SharePoint project can be a daunting task, especially when it’s the corporate website -- it is generally a very high profile project. If you are thinking about using SharePoint for Web Content Management (Web CMS) or Customer Experience Management (CXM).

7) Jennifer Mason's (@jennifermason) "SharePoint 2013: Not Quite What I Expected"

With each new release of SharePoint I become like a kid in a candy shop, ready to find all the new and exciting goodies that have been made available. SharePoint 2013 has been no exception.

8) Jennifer Mason's "The Death of SharePoint Designer?"

For many of us who eagerly await the release of the latest and greatest from Microsoft we were shocked and awed when we discovered that this release removed one of the primary tools for Business Users from the product. SharePoint Designer, as we had come to know it, had been drastically changed.

9) Chris Wright's "Using SharePoint to Communicate Organizational Structure Effectively"

The humble "org chart" might feel like an outmoded concept, but they can serve a very important purpose for many companies -- especially in a turbulent economy.

10) Brian Alderman's (@brianalderman)"35,000 Foot View of SharePoint 2013 for Administrators"

Are you ready for SharePoint 2013? Microsoft recently released the public beta of SharePoint 2013, and with so many changes it can be difficult to keep up. This is the first of a four-part series that provides a 35,000-foot overview of some expected updates and how they will affect various roles within your organization.

11) Steven Pogrebivsky's "SharePoint 2013: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things"

The public beta of SharePoint 2013 is now available for download. Like everyone, we found lots of interesting things in this new version. Here are a few of our favorite things.

12) Chris Wright's "Microsoft Doesn't Advise You Customize SharePoint 2013"