SharePoint 2013 – How it is different from SharePoint 2010?

Posted by Sophina Dillard on Thursday, 14 March 2013 0

There are many questions that arises whenever a new version is launched in the market. The first and the foremost question is “How it’s going to be beneficial for our business?”

Whenever you spend your hard earned money on anything, whether on development or even on an object it should justify that expenditure. So, let’s compare both of them that how its going to affect our enterprise platforms.

Main Highpoints

• If we look from a document collaboration point of view, the structures of both versions are the same.
• The most noteworthy improvements in document management are in the user experience like drag and drop to upload any document and the facility to edit the managed metadata in a datasheet view.
• The primary differences are in the social experiences, especially with discussion boards. The 2013 discussion board, it’s more and less like Facebook activity stream.
• Other significant change is in searching capabilities.


1. Document collaboration: In 2010, it supports for enterprise content types and shared metadata so that attributes and structures can be maintained in one place and shared across the enterprise. Whereas in 2013, there is no difference as such in organizing the content but it have the drag and drop feature extra in it.

2. Searching: In 2013, it provides significant improvements in user experience. Visual display of contents as you hover in search results. It remember the searches that you have searched and show the documents that are already searched. Whereas in 2010, there is comprehensive enterprise search with the Boolean operators to create search queries.

3. Social computing: Where 2010 has limited capabilities, 2013 provides a wide range of Facebook like activity stream that allows you to post, reply and communicate easily with your colleagues and office mates.

4. Communities of Practice: In 2010, it must configure “out of the box” template to align with community objectives. And it have simplistic discussion list. Whereas, 2013 gives ability to categorize the conversations by topic and an image aligned to it. New “Community” site template is completely focused on conversations.

5. Workflow: In 2010, it has several “built in” workflows with additional options available in SharePoint Designer. Whereas in 2013, it has significant enhancements, including new ways to create and visualize workflows.

6. Collaborating with others outside the workgroup on individual documents: In 2010, it is difficult to do if a person (not on the team) doesn’t have the access to the team site. Only owner can grant permissions. Whereas in 2013, you have a share option which let you able to pass a piece of information to the other teams easily without interrupting the content or data. In this, users who request access to a site have an opportunity to explain why they need access so that site owners can make better decisions about whether or not to grant access.

7. Mobile Access: In 2010, there was mobile sites available but it was not accessible for different mobile devices. In 2013, they solved this problem and optimized it for different mobiles by having mobile application development in this version .

Additionally, SharePoint 2013 also provides cloud services to the user.

At the end, I would like to conclude, there are many software, applications and services available in the market, it’s you who have to look at the advantages in using these services if it gives you positive results and chances of progression upgrading is not a bad idea! Many of the companies have already switched over this version, and there are many companies who are not in this favor. So better seek a consult with experts and make one decision!

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