SharePoint 2010 vs SharePoint 2013

The most up to date comparison (especially with Office 365 information which changes frequently) can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sharepoint-online-service-description.aspx

This is meant to be a temporary resource until better resources are available for comparing SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. As you can imagine there are many sources for comparing SharePoint 2013 to previous versions available, but there isn’t much standardization in these resources.

If you are looking for a collection of SharePoint 2007 vs SharePoint 2010 resources please visit this page. If you are looking for the Top Business Benefits and Reasons for SharePoint 2013 Upgrades visit this page.

What follows is a high level summary of many ‘new’ features or highlighted features/functionality available in SharePoint. Each is broken up by workload and audience type.

Authors Note: Please note that I removed edition breakdowns on this comparison (it was too complex to keep track of), so if it lists a “yes” that means it supports that feature in at least in the enterprise version of SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2007.

Workload Audience Feature SharePoint 2013 SharePoint 2010 (No FAST) SharePoint 2007 Office 365
Development Developer Access Services YES YES NO YES
Development Developer App Catalog (SharePoint) YES NO NO YES
Development Developer App Deployment: Autohosted Apps NO NO NO YES
Development Developer App Deployment: Cloud-Hosted Apps YES NO NO YES
Development Developer App Deployment: SharePoint-Hosted Apps YES NO NO YES
Development Developer App Management Services YES NO NO YES
Development Developer BCS: Alerts for External Lists YES NO NO YES
Development Developer BCS: App Scoped External Content Types (ECTs) YES NO NO YES
Development Developer BCS: Business Data Webparts YES YES YES YES
Development Developer BCS: External List YES YES NO YES
Development Developer BCS: OData connector YES NO NO YES
Development Developer BCS: Profile Pages YES YES YES NO
Development Developer BCS: Rich Client Integration YES YES NO NO
Development Developer BCS: Secure Store Service YES YES NO YES
Development Developer BCS: Tenant-level external data log YES NO NO YES
Development Developer Browser-based customizations YES YES YES YES
Development Developer Client Object Model (OM) YES YES NO YES
Development Developer Client-side rendering (CSR) YES NO NO YES
Development Developer Custom Site Definitions YES YES YES NO
Development Developer Custom Site Provisioning YES NO? NO? NO
Development Developer Developer Site NO NO NO YES
Development Developer Forms Based Applications YES YES YES YES
Development Developer Forms on Spreadsheets YES NO NO YES
Development Developer Full-Trust Solutions YES YES YES NO
Development Developer InfoPath Forms Services YES YES YES YES
Development Developer JavaScript Object Model YES YES NO YES
Development Developer List and Library APIs YES YES YES (No CSOM/REST) YES
Development Developer Remote Event Receiver YES NO NO YES
Development Developer REST API YES YES NO YES
Development Developer Sandboxed Solutions YES YES NO YES
Development Developer SharePoint Design Manager YES NO NO YES
Development Developer SharePoint Designer (SPD) YES YES YES YES
Development Developer SharePoint Store YES NO NO YES
Development Developer Workflow 2010 (.NET 3.5) YES YES - YES
Development Developer Workflow 2010 (out of the box) YES YES - YES
Development Developer Workflow 2013 YES NO NO YES
Development Developer Workload API: ECM APIs YES YES YES (Not JS/REST) YES
Development Developer Workload API: Search APIs YES YES YES (Not JS/REST) YES
Development Developer Workload API: Social APIs YES YES YES (Not JS/REST) YES
Administration IT Pro Active Directory Synchronization YES YES YES YES
Administration IT Pro Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) YES YES YES -
Administration IT Pro Analytics Platform YES NO (Web Analytics) NO NO
Administration IT Pro Claims-Based Authentication Support YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro Configuration Wizards YES YES YES -
Administration IT Pro Deferred Site Collection upgrade YES NO NO YES
Administration IT Pro Distributed Cache YES NO NO -
Administration IT Pro Host Header Site Collections YES YES YES -
Administration IT Pro Permissions Management YES YES YES YES
Administration IT Pro Improved Self-Service Site Creation YES YES (No Form/Path/Policy) YES (No Form/Path/Policy) NO
Administration IT Pro Managed Accounts YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) YES NO NO YES
Administration IT Pro OAuth YES NO NO YES
Administration IT Pro Patch Management YES YES YES -
Administration IT Pro Quota Templates YES YES YES -
Administration IT Pro Read-Only Database Support YES YES YES -
Administration IT Pro Remote Blob Storage YES YES YES (or EBS) -
Administration IT Pro Request Management YES NO NO -
Administration IT Pro Request Throttling YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro Resource Throttling YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro Service Application Platform YES YES NO YES
Administration IT Pro SharePoint Health Analyzer YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro SharePoint Online Admin Center - - - YES
Administration IT Pro Shredded Storage YES NO NO -
Administration IT Pro Site Collection Compliance Policies YES NO NO YES
Administration IT Pro Site Collection Health Checks YES NO NO YES
Administration IT Pro State Service YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro Streamlined Central Administration YES YES YES (and SSP) -
Administration IT Pro System Status Notifications YES NO NO -
Administration IT Pro Unattached Content Database Recovery YES YES NO -
Administration IT Pro Upgrade evaluation site collections YES NO NO NO
Administration IT Pro Usage Reporting and Logging YES YES YES NO
Administration IT Pro Windows PowerShell Support YES YES YES (But no CMDs) YES
Content User Accessibility Standards Support YES (Better) YES NO (Had Some) YES
Content User Asset Library Enhancements/Video Support YES YES NO YES
Content User Auditing YES YES YES YES
Content User Auditing & Reporting (e.g. doc edits, policy edits, deletes) YES YES YES YES
Content User Auditing of View Events YES YES YES NO
Content User Content Organizer YES YES NO YES
Content User Design Manager YES NO NO YES
Content User Document Sets YES YES NO YES
Content User Document Translation in Word Web App YES NO NO YES
Content User eDiscovery YES NO NO YES
Content User External Sharing: External Access NO NO NO YES
Content User External Sharing: Guest Link NO NO NO YES
Content User Folder Sync YES (Better) YES YES YES
Content User Information Rights Management (IRM) YES (Better) YES YES YES
Content User In-Place Hold YES YES NO YES
Content User Managed Metadata Service YES YES NO YES
Content User Metadata-driven Navigation YES NO NO YES
Content User Multi-stage Disposition YES YES NO YES
Content User Office ProPlus (Osub) NO NO NO YES
Content User Office Web Apps (edit) YES YES NO YES
Content User Office Web Apps (view) YES YES NO YES
Content User Office Web Apps Server integration YES NO (Part of SP) NO -
Content User PowerPoint Automation Services YES NO NO NO
Content User Preservation hold library YES NO (Records Cnter/In Place) NO (Records Center) YES
Content User Quick Edit YES YES YES YES
Content User Related Items YES NO NO YES
Content User Rich Media Management YES YES NO YES
Content User Shared Content Types YES YES NO YES
Content User SharePoint Translation Services YES NO NO YES
Content User Site mailbox YES (Exch 2013) NO NO YES
Content User Unique Document IDs YES YES NO YES
Content User Video Search YES YES NO YES
Content User WCM: Analytics YES YES (Usage Analytics) YES (Usage Analytics) NO
Content User WCM: Catalog YES NO NO NO
Content User WCM: Cross-site publishing YES NO NO NO
Content User WCM: Designer Tools YES (SPD + Design Manager) YES (SPD) YES (SPD) YES
Content User WCM: Faceted navigation YES NO NO NO
Content User WCM: Image Renditions YES NO NO NO
Content User WCM: Mobile and Device Rendering YES YES (No channels) YES (No channels) YES
Content User WCM: Multiple Domains YES YES YES NO
Content User WCM: OOTB Recommendations Webparts YES NO NO YES
Content User WCM: Search Engine Optimizations (SEO) YES NO NO YES
Content User WCM: Topic Pages YES NO NO NO
Content User Word Automation Services YES YES YES NO
BI User Business Intelligence Center YES YES NO (Report Center) YES
BI User Calculated Measures and Members YES YES? YES? YES
BI User Data Connection Library YES YES YES YES
BI User Decoupled PivotTables and PivotCharts YES (Excel 2013) NO NO YES
BI User Excel Services YES YES YES YES
BI User Field List and Field Support YES NO NO YES
BI User Filter Enhancements YES NO (Not Enhanced) NO YES
BI User Filter Search YES NO NO YES
BI User PerformancePoint Services YES YES NO NO
BI User PerformancePoint Services (PPS) Dashboard Migration YES NO NO NO
BI User Power View YES YES NO YES
BI User PowerPivot YES YES NO YES
BI User Quick Explore YES NO NO YES
BI User Scorecards & Dashboards YES YES NO NO
BI User SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Integrated Mode YES YES YES NO
BI User SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Web Part YES YES YES YES
BI User Timeline Slicer YES NO NO YES
BI User Visio Services YES YES NO YES
Search User Advanced Content Processing YES NO NO NO
Search User Content Search Web Part YES NO NO NO
Search User Continuous Crawl YES NO NO YES
Search User Custom entity extraction YES NO NO NO
Search User Deep links YES NO NO YES
Search User Event-based relevancy YES NO? NO? YES
Search User Expertise Search YES YES YES YES
Search User Extensible content processing YES NO NO NO
Search User Graphical refiners YES NO NO YES
Search User Hybrid search YES NO NO YES
Search User Managed navigation YES NO NO YES
Search User On-premises search index - - - NO
Search User Phonetic name matching YES YES NO YES
Search User Query Rules—Add Promoted Results YES NO (Best Bets) NO (Best Bets) YES
Search User Query rules—advanced actions YES NO NO YES
Search User Query spelling correction YES NO NO YES
Search User Query suggestions YES YES NO YES
Search User Query throttling YES YES NO YES
Search User Quick preview YES NO NO YES
Search User Recommendations YES NO NO YES
Search User Refiners YES YES NO YES
Search User RESTful Query API/Query OM YES YES NO YES
Search User Result sources YES YES YES NO
Search User Search connector framework YES YES YES NO
Search User Search results sorting YES NO NO YES
Search User Search vertical: “Conversations” YES NO NO YES
Search User Search vertical: “People” YES YES YES YES
Search User Search vertical: “Video” YES NO (Can Scope) NO (Can Scope) YES
Search User Tunable Relevancy YES YES YES NO
Sites User Change the look YES (Best) YES (Better?) YES (Basic) YES
Sites User Connections to Microsoft Office Clients YES YES YES YES
Sites User Cross Browser Support YES YES (Limited) NO YES
Sites User Custom Managed Paths YES YES YES NO
Sites User Governance YES YES YES YES
Sites User Large List Scalability and Management YES YES NO (Index) YES
Sites User Mobile Connectivity YES (Best) YES (Better?) YES (Basic) YES
Sites User Multi-Lingual User Interface YES YES NO (On Provision) YES
Sites User My Tasks (Aggregate) YES NO NO YES
Sites User OOTB Web Parts YES YES YES YES
Sites User Permissions Management YES YES YES YES
Sites User Project functionality for team sites YES (Visual Timeline) YES YES YES
Sites User Project site template YES NO NO YES
Sites User Project Summary web part YES NO NO YES
Sites User Project workspace YES NO NO YES
Sites User Public Website (SPO) - - - YES
Sites User SharePoint Lists YES YES YES YES
Sites User SharePoint Ribbon YES YES NO YES
Sites User Task list YES YES YES YES
Sites User Team Site: Drag & Drop YES NO NO YES
Sites User Team Site: Notebook YES NO (Supports OneNote) NO (Supports OneNote) YES
Sites User Team Site: Simplified Access YES NO NO YES
Sites User Templates YES YES YES YES
Sites User Themes YES (Best) YES (Better?) YES (Basic) YES
Sites User Work Management Service YES NO NO YES
Sites User Variations YES YES YES YES
Sites User Usage Analytics YES YES YES (w/ SPD) NO
Social User Ask Me About YES YES YES YES
Social User Blogs YES YES YES YES
Social User Communities Reputation, Badging, and Moderation YES NO NO YES
Social User Community YES NO NO YES
Social User Company Feed YES NO (Simple News Feed) NO YES
Social User Follow YES NO NO YES
Social User Microblogging YES NO (Status Updates) NO YES
Social User Newsfeed YES NO (Simple News Feed) NO YES
Social User One Click Sharing YES NO NO YES
Social User People, Sites, Document Recommendations YES NO NO YES
Social User Personal Site YES YES YES YES
Social User Photos and Presence YES YES YES YES
Social User Profile YES YES YES YES
Social User Ratings YES YES NO YES
Social User SiteFeed YES NO NO YES
Social User SkydrivePro YES NO NO YES
Social User Tag profiles YES YES NO YES
Social User Tasks integrated with Outlook YES YES YES YES
Social User Trending Tags YES NO NO YES
Social User Wikis YES YES YES YES
Add-Ons IT Pro Additional Storage - - - YES
Add-Ons IT Pro App Hosting: Base - - - YES
Add-Ons IT Pro App Hosting: Per User - - - YES
Add-Ons IT Pro Azure Provisioned Apps: Access Services - - - YES
Add-Ons IT Pro Azure Provisioned Apps: Custom Code in Azure LWR - - - YES
Add-Ons IT Pro Duet Online - - - YES

Be sure to review the additional references and resources – especially the SharePoint Online one – as they will be updated periodically and this chart may not reflect those changes.

References and additional resources:

Hope this helped someone (please feel free to comment and let me know if I missed key points/content),
Richard Harbridge

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