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SharePoint 2013 feature comparison chart all editions

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Did you ever see such a pretty table before..? Which one to pick?? This has to be one of the harder choices in Life…

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Last Updated 2013-10-08, ‘search connector framework’, ‘on-premises search index’ and ‘tunable relevancy’ – source: Search (thanks to Mattias Brunnert)

The feature list of SharePoint gets longer and longer, richer and richer, this is the (as far as I know) complete list of features in the three different versions of SharePoint 2013 on-premise (not SharePoint online): SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013 Standard Edition | SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Edition. To save you all a few ‘swipes’ or ‘rolls’ on the old mouse wheel, I have also added a menu here at the top, click on any of the focus areas to jump right in.

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Note: If you are only looking to find whats only available in the Enterprise edition, you can get that list alone here with extended information: Enterprise edition of SharePoint Server 2013 – What’s in it?.
Developer features
IT Professional features
Content features
Insights features (BI)
Search features
Sites features
Social features
Credit and references

Note: Purple YES equals an Enterprise only feature.

Developer features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Access Services No No Yes
App Catalog (SharePoint) No Yes Yes
App Deployment: Autohosted Apps No No No
App Deployment: Cloud-Hosted Apps No Yes Yes
App Deployment: SharePoint-Hosted Apps No Yes Yes
App Management Services No Yes Yes
BCS: Alerts for External Lists No Yes Yes
BCS: App Scoped External Content Types (ECTs) No Yes Yes
BCS: Business Data Webparts No Yes Yes
BCS: External List Yes Yes Yes
BCS: OData connector No Yes Yes
BCS: Profile Pages No Yes Yes
BCS: Rich Client Integration No No Yes
BCS: Secure Store Service Yes Yes Yes
BCS: Tenant-level external data log No No Yes
Browser-based customizations Yes Yes Yes
Client Object Model (OM) Yes Yes Yes
Client-side rendering (CSR) Yes Yes Yes
Custom Site Definitions No Yes Yes
Custom Site Provisioning No No Yes
Developer Site No No No
Forms Based Applications No Yes Yes
Forms on Spreadsheets No Yes Yes
Full-Trust Solutions Yes Yes Yes
InfoPath Forms Services No No Yes
JavaScript Object Model Yes Yes Yes
List and Library APIs Yes Yes Yes
Remote Event Receiver Yes Yes Yes
REST API Yes Yes Yes
Sandboxed Solutions Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Design Manager No Yes Yes
SharePoint Designer Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Store Yes Yes Yes
Workflow 2010 (.NET 3.5) Yes Yes Yes
Workflow 2010 (out of the box) No Yes Yes
Workflow 2013 No Yes Yes
Workload API: ECM APIs No Yes Yes
Workload API: Search APIs Yes Yes Yes
Workload API: Social APIs No Yes Yes
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IT Professional features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Active Directory Synchronization Yes Yes Yes
Alternate Access Mapping (AAM) Yes Yes Yes
Analytics Platform No No Yes
Claims-Based Authentication Support Yes Yes Yes
Configuration Wizards No Yes Yes
Deferred Site Collection upgrade Yes Yes Yes
Distributed Cache Yes Yes Yes
Host Header Site Collections Yes Yes Yes
Improved Permissions Management Yes Yes Yes
Improved Self-Service Site Creation No No Yes
Managed Accounts Yes Yes Yes
Minimal Download Strategy (MDS) Yes Yes Yes
OAuth No Yes Yes
Patch Management Yes Yes Yes
Quota Templates Yes Yes Yes
Read-Only Database Support Yes Yes Yes
Remote Blob Storage Yes Yes Yes
Request Management Yes Yes Yes
Request throttling Yes Yes Yes
Resource throttling Yes Yes Yes
Service Application Platform Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Health Analyzer Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Online Admin Center N/A (SharePoint Online only) N/A (SharePoint Online only) N/A (SharePoint Online only)
Shredded Storage Yes Yes Yes
Site Collection Compliance Policies No Yes Yes
Site Collection Health Checks Yes Yes Yes
State Service Yes Yes Yes
Streamlined Central Administration Yes Yes Yes
System Status Notifications Yes Yes Yes
Unattached Content Database Recovery Yes Yes Yes
Upgrade evaluation site collections Yes Yes Yes
Usage Reporting and Logging Yes Yes Yes
Windows PowerShell Support Yes Yes Yes
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Content features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Accessibility Standards Support Yes Yes Yes
Asset Library Enhancements/Video Support Yes Yes Yes
Auditing No Yes Yes
Auditing & Reporting (e.g. doc edits, policy edits, deletes) No Yes Yes
Auditing of View Events No Yes Yes
Content Organizer No Yes Yes
Design Manager Yes Yes Yes
Document Sets No Yes Yes
Document Translation in Word Web App Yes1 Yes1 Yes1
eDiscovery No No Yes
External Sharing: External Access No No No
External Sharing: Guest Link No No No
Folder Sync No Yes Yes
Information Rights Management (IRM) No Yes Yes
In-Place Hold Yes Yes Yes
Managed Metadata Service No Yes Yes
Metadata-driven Navigation No Yes Yes
Multi-stage Disposition No Yes Yes
Office ProPlus (Osub) No No No
Office Web Apps (edit) Yes1 Yes1 Yes1
Office Web Apps (view) Yes1 Yes1 Yes1
Office Web Apps Server integration Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint Automation Services No Yes Yes
Preservation hold library No No Yes
Quick Edit Yes Yes Yes
Related Items Yes Yes Yes
Rich Media Management No Yes Yes
Shared Content Types No Yes Yes
SharePoint Translation Services No3 Yes Yes
Site mailbox No Yes2 Yes2
Unique Document IDs No Yes Yes
Video Search No No Yes
WCM: Analytics No Yes Yes
WCM: Catalog No No Yes
WCM: Cross-site publishing No No Yes
WCM: Designer Tools No Yes Yes
WCM: Faceted navigation No No Yes
WCM: Image Renditions No No Yes
WCM: Mobile and Device Rendering No Yes Yes
WCM: Multiple Domains No No Yes
WCM: OOTB Recommendations Webparts No Yes Yes
WCM: Search Engine Optimizations (SEO) No Yes Yes
WCM: Topic Pages No No Yes
Word Automation Services No Yes Yes
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Insights features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Business Intelligence Center No No Yes
Calculated Measures and Members No No Yes
Data Connection Library No No Yes
Decoupled PivotTables and PivotCharts No No Yes
Excel Services No No Yes
Field list and Field Support No No Yes
Filter Enhancements No No Yes
Filter Search No No Yes
PerformancePoint Services No No Yes
PerformancePoint Services (PPS) Dashboard Migration No No Yes
Power View No No Yes
PowerPivot No No Yes
Quick Explore No No Yes
Scorecards & Dashboards No No Yes
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Integrated Mode Yes Yes Yes
SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) Web Part Yes Yes Yes
Timeline Slicer No No Yes
Visio Services No No Yes
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Search features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Advanced Content Processing Yes Yes Yes
Content Search Web Part No No Yes
Continuous crawl Yes Yes Yes
Custom entity extraction No No Yes
Deep links No Yes Yes
Event-based relevancy No Yes Yes
Expertise Search Yes Yes Yes
Extensible content processing No No Yes
Graphical refiners No Yes Yes
Hybrid search Yes Yes Yes
Managed navigation No Yes Yes
On-premises search index Yes Yes Yes
Phonetic name matching Yes Yes Yes
Query rules—Add promoted results No Yes Yes
Query rules—advanced actions No No Yes
Query spelling correction Yes Yes Yes
Query suggestions No Yes Yes
Query throttling No Yes Yes
Quick preview Yes Yes Yes
Recommendations No Yes Yes
Refiners Yes Yes Yes
RESTful Query API/Query OM Yes Yes Yes
Result sources Yes Yes Yes
Search connector framework No Yes Yes
Search results sorting Yes Yes Yes
Search vertical: “Conversations” No Yes Yes
Search vertical: “People” No Yes Yes
Search vertical: “Video” No No Yes
Tunable Relevancy No No Yes
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Sites features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Change the look Yes Yes Yes
Connections to Microsoft Office Clients Yes Yes Yes
Cross Browser Support Yes Yes Yes
Custom Managed Paths Yes Yes Yes
Governance Yes Yes Yes
Large List Scalability and Management Yes Yes Yes
Mobile Connectivity Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Lingual User Interface Yes Yes Yes
My Tasks Yes Yes Yes
OOTB Web Parts Yes Yes Yes
Permissions Management Yes Yes Yes
Project functionality for team sites Yes Yes Yes
Project site template Yes Yes Yes
Project Summary web part Yes Yes Yes
Project workspace Yes Yes Yes
Public Website (SPO) N/A (SharePoint Online only) N/A (SharePoint Online only) N/A (SharePoint Online only)
SharePoint Lists Yes Yes Yes
SharePoint Ribbon Yes Yes Yes
Task list Yes Yes Yes
Team Site: Drag & Drop Yes Yes Yes
Team Site: Notebook Yes Yes Yes
Team Site: Simplified Access Yes Yes Yes
Templates Yes Yes Yes
Themes Yes Yes Yes
Work Management Service Yes Yes Yes
Usage Analytics Yes Yes Yes
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Social features SharePoint Foundation 2013 SharePoint Server 2013—Standard Edition SharePoint Server 2013—Enterprise Edition
Ask Me About No Yes Yes
Blogs Yes Yes Yes
Communities Reputation, Badging, and Moderation No Yes Yes
Community Yes Yes Yes
Company Feed Yes Yes Yes
Follow No Yes Yes
Microblogging No Yes Yes
Newsfeed No Yes Yes
One Click Sharing No Yes Yes
People, Sites, Document Recommendations No Yes Yes
Personal Site No Yes Yes
Photos and Presence Yes Yes Yes
Profile No Yes Yes
Ratings No Yes Yes
Site Feed Yes Yes Yes
Skydrive Pro Yes Yes Yes
Tag profiles No Yes Yes
Tasks integrated with Outlook No Yes Yes
Trending Tags No Yes Yes
Wikis Yes Yes Yes
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1 Requires connection to Office Web Apps Server 2013 and an Office desktop suite license, such as Office Professional Plus or Office Standard. 2 Requires connection to Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft Exchange Online to enable integrated features 3 Requires SharePoint Server 2013, Standard or Enterprise edition. This feature is not available to Foundation as stated in some TechNet articles. Resources and Recognitions Thanks to: Mattias Gutke for all the support, help, ideas and for Always beeing my second opinion. A link sent from him gave me the idea for this post. References: SharePoint Online http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx Discontinued features and modified functionality in Microsoft SharePoint 2013 http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=275764 Changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff607742(v=office.15).aspx Create and configure Machine Translation services in SharePoint Server 2013 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj553772.aspx Back to main menu (…and yes, I would personally go with Ben & Jerrys…) ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Enjoy!


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  1. Anatoly Mironov
    January 15, 2013 at 11:29

    Reblogged this on Share… What? and commented:
    The best comparison of SharePoint 2013 Foundation, SharePoint 2013 Standard and SharePoint 2013 Enterprise.

  2. February 20, 2013 at 08:57

    Very nice, couldn’t find Foundation specific features listed anywhere. Thank you!

  3. February 20, 2013 at 12:19

    I’d say OAuth and Configuration Wizards are both in Foundation.

    • February 20, 2013 at 14:15

      Any feedback is apreciated and considered, do you have anything substancial to back that?
      Microsoft says no on both according to this:
      At: SharePoint Server 2013 feature availability across on-premise solutions

      • February 21, 2013 at 09:18

        Regarding Configuration Wizards, I can see at least the Farm Configuration Wizard on my Foundation (if that’s what you mean by this).

        Regarding OAuth, I’d say it exists as you can have Apps in Foundation, and you can define server-to-server authentication, or at least you have New-SPTrustedIdentityTokenIssuer PowerShell commands available (haven’t tested that in practice, though).

  4. February 20, 2013 at 12:24

    And Translation Services are not in Foundation.

  5. Phil Cole
    April 30, 2013 at 15:19

    Do you know how this compares to SharePoint Online (as part of Office365) ?

  6. May 28, 2013 at 10:22

    Great comparison!

    I think that “Custom Site Definitions” and “Custom Site Provisioning” are available on Standard version and probably also on Foundation.

  7. May 29, 2013 at 03:51

    This is a great resource. There is still some confusion surrounding the release of SharePoint 2013 and which version is the best fit, so this is very helpful.

  8. August 7, 2013 at 21:59

    I’m pretty sure you can deploy apps to foundation http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161236.aspx

  9. Manikandan
    August 16, 2013 at 09:05

    Hi, do you have comparison table for SharePoint 2010 editions?,

  10. Erin Browning
    September 4, 2013 at 23:15

    This is fantastic – thank you!

  11. EdB
    September 9, 2013 at 14:16

    Great list, thank you! One question however, is the ‘No’ for “Tasks integrated with Outlook” for Enterprise a typo?

    • EdB
      September 9, 2013 at 14:19

      I should clarify – not SharePoint Online but for on-premise. Thanks again

      • September 9, 2013 at 14:39

        Of course onprem, is there any other? 😉
        // Thomas

    • September 9, 2013 at 14:38

      Yes, it is 🙂
      Nicely spotted! Thanks
      // Thomas

  12. September 13, 2013 at 16:47

    Wrong table!!!
    “Custom Site Definitions” available in Standard edition. Custom Site Provisioning available only in Enterprise edition.
    See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx section “SharePoint feature availability across on-premises solutions”

    • September 13, 2013 at 17:13

      You are right and I have updated the table. Be aware that I posted the table in jjanuary, the technet list was updated september 9th.
      It was wrong before as well.
      But thanks for spotting it! I really appreciate it.

      /. Thomas

  13. October 8, 2013 at 00:12

    Hi, I am not sure if you are still updating this one, but a few. errors in the search table: On-premises search index should be YES/YES/YES, Search connector framework should be NO/YES/YES, Tunable Relevancy should be NO/NO/YES. Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819291.aspx . Cheers, Mattias

    • October 8, 2013 at 05:56

      Thanks Mattias, I’ll make the updates after verifying.
      // Thomas

    • October 8, 2013 at 08:18

      Hi Again. Post updated with the new info. Thanks a lot for pointing it out. (You got cred 🙂 )

      // Thomas

  14. November 20, 2013 at 06:14

    Good table indeed! also, SSRS should be YES for all three. Always has been supported on Foundation and always will be 🙂 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx#bkmk_FeaturesOnPremise backs this up.

    • November 20, 2013 at 13:59

      Hi Alex.
      You are absolutely right, they updated the list since I made the table. Thanks for the headsup, I have made the changes now.
      // Thomas

  15. David Petree
    January 10, 2014 at 17:01

    Great Chart

    This helps with Office 365 a lot as the P & M plans offer SharePoint Standard and the E is SharePoint Enterprise.

    But, I have an issue, You have “Design Manger” as “yes” for Foundation and I do not believe that is correct. You have to enable “SharePoint Publishing Feature” to turn on Design Manager and that is not available in Foundation.

    Unless I’m missing something.

  16. David Petree
    January 10, 2014 at 17:21

    Also, Company Feed – You have as Yes for Foundation, it should be No

    • January 10, 2014 at 17:30

      Hi David.
      Apreciate the verifications, are you sure about company feed?
      MS says yes on all three…on everything but the K1 plan really.
      Look under the section: Social feature availability across on-premises solutions (a bit scrolling down)
      On http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/sharepoint-online-social-service-description.aspx
      // Thomas

      • David Petree
        January 10, 2014 at 17:36

        I am not 100% sure, i can only tell you that we sell foundation, and we are the largest syndicated partner for MS for O365. I know that the company feed is not part of our Foundation. I do know its available in Office 365. When i click the link to go to the Company Feed,if you look at the last two “Applies to”, you will see the 2013 Ent, and 2013 sever, but you do not see Foundation…That is why i can only assume its not in Foundation.. but i could be wrong

      • David Petree
        January 10, 2014 at 17:39

        And from what i read, you need to have your “Personal” site to post to the newsfeed, and there are no personal sites in Foundation. You cannot follow people in Foundation as there is no User profile service running…I would say there is no way for the company feed to work.. I know you can post to the company feed of a page, but you still have to have a personal page, and you don’t in Foundation…

        Just my .02

      • January 10, 2014 at 17:42

        Thanks for the quality feedback.
        I’ll get the matrix updated asap.

        // Thomas

  17. January 17, 2014 at 12:09

    Hi Thomas, it is mentioned that Design Manager is available for Foundation. To my knowledge the Design Manager only works on Publishing Sites (http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/jj163942(v=office.15).aspx), which are not part of Foundation license (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262410.aspx).

    • January 20, 2014 at 12:18

      Hi, you are absolutely right.
      The Yes was based on Microsofts own list which has now been updated, the Yes was unfortunately never verified by myself.
      List updated, thanks for the heads-up.
      // Thomas

  18. Wesley
    February 19, 2014 at 11:28

    Thanks for your hard work in creating this list.

    • February 20, 2014 at 09:14

      Thanks for the feedback.
      Glad i can help, I needed the list myself and this was the best way to make it permanent and always available 🙂

      // Thomas

  19. Alexander Lilov
    February 22, 2014 at 14:23

    Thank you Thomas a very nice summary (overview) and reference

  20. Peter
    April 17, 2014 at 10:15

    This is really an helpful comparison chart. Thanks. SharePoint Foundation 2013 itself has lot to offer. And some companies like cloudappsportal.com are offering SharePoint hosting services free of cost which is yet another great news. Anyway thanks for the features chart.

  21. Kay Freeman
    April 18, 2014 at 00:42

    Thanks for this great list! BTW, I believe RBS stands for “Remote BLOB Storage,” not “Remote BLOG Storage.”

  22. May 5, 2014 at 19:58

    Reblogged this on Sharepoint 4 BR and commented:
    Bom post comparando funcionalidades das diferentes versões do SharePoint 2013

  23. May 20, 2014 at 06:15

    The most practical blog post ever! I use it a lot. One comment, though: the Feature “Developer Site” is actually available in all Editions. An O365 Developer Site is only a “faster way of getting started”.

  24. June 3, 2014 at 21:21

    Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. This sort of clever work and
    reporting! Keep up the good works guys I’ve incorporated
    you guys to blogroll.

  25. Jarek
    August 26, 2014 at 11:05

    Great ang very helpfull thanks.

  26. March 31, 2015 at 14:01

    Reblogged this on westerdale.biz and commented:
    This is so detailed it is worth having on everyone’s blog.

  27. March 21, 2017 at 15:17

    Thanks Thomas. It was helpful.

    Just a little confusion, as per the chart on below link, Secure Store Service in NOT available in SharePoint 2013 foundation On-Premises but in above chart its available. Can you please reconfirm? Please comment if i missed something while verifying it.


    Best Regards.

    • April 27, 2017 at 14:00

      Can’t confirm unfortunately. This is an old post and things could have changed since then, or there was a mistake in the post. It is all based on TechNet/MSDN and research though.

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