Comparing SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 logoSharePoint 2013 has legs. It’s out there and even gets you to the latest version of SharePoint for free!

Microsoft has made some major investments in the platform to help you forget it’s been three years since the last major upgrade. Now, armed with customer feedback and experiences aplenty, Microsoft has rolled out SharePoint 2013 – new, improved and armed to the teeth with scalability and reliability enhancements.

Also, as you’ve heard, SharePoint 2013 is a social animal. Already known as a collaboration workhorse, SharePoint looks to identify with an increasingly social network-infused world by introducing familiar features like personal newsfeeds, follows, likes and more that can be used to link with anything or anyone in SharePoint. The impressive social upgrades concede a world where mobile devices are the future and looks to support any tablet or device as well as wrap their arms around cloud collaboration.

So, are you ready to take your business to SharePoint 2013? It’s never that easy is it? Planning, investing, training, etc. all have to be taken into consideration. Sure, we’d all love to be on the latest version of a product, but it’s not like someone will just get us there for free… or is it? SPOILER ALERT: Yes, it is. is offering free SharePoint migrations to any SharePoint version you like this January. It’s a deal you can’t pass up.

Here are two immediate benefits:
1.) The cost savings of upgrading SharePoint for free.
2.) Being under the protective wing of the SharePoint Cloud (which means managed SharePoint, expert support, and a reliable network).

Compare SharePoint 2010 vs. SharePoint 2013

Many of us have only just moved our infrastructure to 2010 so we’ll need a bit more of a push to get to the latest version of SharePoint 2013. Well, has committed to making it easy… and FREE. We know that updates don’t guarantee improvements, so we wanted to show you the differences between SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. Changes to development, social, search and management make a big difference in SharePoint 2013 and coupled with the new scalability of the architecture, deserve your consideration. Here’s a handy comparison chart to identify the differences between the SharePoint versions:



SharePoint Feature Matrix


 (*Please note that while SharePoint 2013 supports Sandbox solutions, the new app model is highly recommended as Sandboxed solutions are deprecated in SharePoint 2013. The general recommendation is to upgrade your Sandboxed solutions to Apps since they will be completely removed in the next version of SharePoint.)

SharePoint 2010 vs. SharePoint 2013 Scalability Boundaries and Limits

So it’s clear that SharePoint 2013 brings a vast amount of changes from the SharePoint 2010 platform but what do we know specifically about the performance and scalability optimizations in the latest version? Thanks to the SharePoint Online’s influence on the new architecture of SharePoint 2013, enhanced scalability and reliability is accomplished with shredded storage, request management, the new Cloud App Model, SQL optimization and a new search architecture. Here we compare SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013’s scalability limits:



SharePoint Scalability Boundaries and Limits



Compare SharePoint Server 2013 Standard and SharePoint 2013 Server Enterprise Editions

Finally, we wanted to give you an idea of the different functionality and capabilities between SharePoint 2013 Server Standard and SharePoint 2013 Server Enterprise. Obviously, both editions build on top of SharePoint Foundation, but Server Standard adds social, WCM, workflow and search features, while Server Enterprise adds to Standard with Access Services and Visio Services as well as BI, Records Management and E Discovery. You can see all of the differences in our final comparison chart:



Compare SharePoint Server 2013 Standard vs Enterprise


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8 Responses to Comparing SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013

  1. Ashok Raja says:

    Hi Peter Cartier,
    Its really a very good comparison.
    Regarding the first chart,although Sand boxed solutions are deprecated in SharePoint 2013 it still supports it. If you can add a foot note kind of thing it would be informative.

  2. Thank you Ashok, you are correct in noting that Sandboxed solutions are supported though deprecated in SharePoint 2013. I’ve amended the blog to say so. Obviously the app model is pushed as it allows you to utilize the improved client object model and run your app outside the context of SharePoint (on its own server or even on Azure). There’s a good article on TechNet about it here:

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