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May 24
Differences between SharePoint 2010 vs. SharePoint 2013

We are often asked to upgrade SharePoint and we have developed a cool method to do this with near zero business downtime. The question always arises of what differences the end users actually see? Between 2010 and 2013 the differences are "not much". Here are the differences between SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 from the perspective of management and what a user would notice.

  • From a document collaboration perspective, the structures of both versions are the same – so if you create a metadata architecture for documents in 2010 it should be fully upgradable to 2013.
  • The most significant upgrades in document management are in the user experience – including drag and drop to upload documents and the ability to edit managed metadata in a datasheet view.
  • The primary differences are in the social experiences, especially with discussion boards. The 2013 discussion board (with Community features enabled) creates and engaging
  • "Facebook-like" activity stream, which is far more user-friendly than the same feature in SharePoint 2010. The added visual appeal is important because getting people to use the discussion board instead of commonly used "who you know" networks will take some planning and effort. If the software is engaging and familiar, it will help with "stickiness."
  • The other significant improvement is search

Business Scenario

SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2013

Document Collaboration

  • Support for enterprise content types and shared metadata so that attributes and structures can be maintained in one place and shared across the enterprise, vastly improving search results.
  • No difference in approach for organizing content so investment in defining content types and metadata is fully leveraged in 2013.
  • Several helpful user experience improvements in the application of metadata, including the ability to edit managed metadata in a datasheet (spreadsheet) view.
  • "Drag and drop" ability to upload documents to SharePoint libraries (without having to open library in "explorer view').


  • Comprehensive enterprise search with the ability to use Boolean operators to create search queries. For example: search for: cats AND dogs.
  • Wildcard search available. For example, as search for ho* would find homes, horses, houses, etc.
  • Faceted search refiners to easily narrow results based on metadata.
  • Define search scopes to target to specific collections of content.
  • "Best bets" can be defined to force certain results to the top of search results.
  • Significant improvements in user experience.
  • Visual display of contents as you hover in search results.
  • Best bets now called Promoted Results.
  • Search remembers what you have previously searched and clicked and displays these values as query suggestions at the top of the results page.
  • Results show number of times a document has been viewed.
  • Results pages allows you to page through PowerPoint presentations without leaving the search results page.
  • One click to "view in library."


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