SharePoint Version Comparison.

SharePoint features give the platform its edge in the market. No other ECM (Enterprise Content Management) platform can compete with the number of features SharePoint has or the road map for future improvements. I think that a number of these features are overlooked and under utilized.

Developers have been known to recreate solutions due to lack of knowledge of the out of the box capabilities. This SharePoint Features list was created in hopes to avoid that type of scenario in future. Think of this SharePoint Features list as a constant work in progress. Releases in SharePoint Online and Service Packs to SharePoint 2013 and 2016 are rolled out we will update them here.

SharePoint Features

2010 2013 2016 SharePoint Online

Look and Feel

Document Workspace site template yes No No No
Blank site template yes No No No
Personalization Site site template yes No No No
Meeting Workspace site templates yes No No No
Group Work site template and Group Work solution yes No No No
Visio Process Repository site template yes No No No
Unghosting and customizing CSS files yes yes No No
Imaging Web service yes Yes No No
Image and video previews No No yes yes
Mobile Browser Experience No Limited Yes Yes
Sites page pinning No No Yes Yes
Tags and Notes Yes Yes No No
Design Manager No Yes Yes Yes
Device Channels No Yes Yes No
Cross-site Publishing No Yes Yes Yes


SharePoint Foundation Yes Yes No N/A
Standalone Install mode Yes Yes No N/A
ForeFront Identity Manager client (FIM) Yes Yes No N/A
Large file support No No Yes Yes
MinRole farm topology No No Yes N/A
New controls for working with OneDrive for Business No No Yes Yes
Open Document Format (ODF) available for document libraries No No Yes Yes
Simplified SSL configuration for Central Administration No No Yes N/A
SMTP connection encryption No No Yes N/A
Stsadm.exe Yes Yes No N/A


Work Management Service Application Yes Yes No N/A
Excel Services Yes Limited No No
Web Analytics Yes No No No
Managed code assemblies in sandboxed solutions Yes No No No
Office Web Apps No Yes Yes Yes


Organization Profiles Yes no no No
Interactive feed No Yes Yes Yes
Community Site No Yes Yes Yes
Follow people No Yes Yes Yes
Follow Sites No Yes Yes Yes


Consolidated Search Results No Yes Yes Yes
Rich Results Framework No Yes Yes Yes
keyword query language (KQL) enhancements No Yes Yes Yes
Managed Navigation No Yes Yes Yes
E-Discovery No Yes Yes Yes


SharePoint Workflow Platform No Yes Yes Yes


Hybrid sites No No Yes Yes
Hybrid OneDrive for Business No No Yes Yes
Cloud hybrid search No Limited Yes Yes
Identify and search for sensitive content in both SharePoint Server 2016 and OneDrive documents No No Yes Yes
Hybrid Taxonomy No No Yes Yes