SharePoint 2010 - Feature Comparison







Accessibility Use SharePoint more effectively with improved accessibility, including built-in support for keyboard navigation and support for industry-wide accessibility standards. Included Included Included
Claims-Based Authentication Use claims-based authentication to connect to corporate identity systems--including Active Directory, LDAPv3-based directories, and application-specific databases--and user-centric identity models--like LiveID, OpenID, and InfoCard systems. Included Included Included
Configuration Wizards Easily configure SharePoint 2010 using new wizards that guide you through each step. Included Included Included
Connections to Microsoft Office Clients Save time and effort by using the "Connect to Office" function in SharePoint 2010. The "Connect to Office" function lets Microsoft Office applications know which SharePoint libraries you frequently use. When you connect a library to Office, the library is available in the Office Back Stage for opening and saving files. When you want to create a new Office document, you can view the list of templates in connected libraries as well as local and online templates. Included Included Included
Cross-Browser Support Access SharePoint through Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. Included Included Included
High-Availability Architecture Simplify high-availability planning and solutions. From improved support for database mirroring to the new Service Application Architecture, new IT continuity management features help you meet your independent service-level agreements. Included Included Included
Improved Backup and Restore Enhance IT continuity management with improved backup and restore capabilities. These new capabilities include configuration-only backups and improved scale, performance, and resiliency. Included Included Included
Improved Setup and Configuration Easily prepare servers and server farms for install with the new Products Preparation Tool. Simplify the deployment process with new wizards and use Windows PowerShell to deploy and configure SharePoint 2010. Included Included Included
Large List Scalability and Management Control the impact of lists and libraries on server performance. Resource throttling helps users efficiently manage lists and libraries that can contain millions of items. Included Included Included
Managed Accounts Reduce administrative expenses by allowing SharePoint 2010 to take control of your accounts. SharePoint 2010 can automatically reset passwords based on domain policies and notify administrators when passwords are expiring. By storing account information in SharePoint 2010, you can keep your information secure and reduce the overhead required to manage it yourself. Included Included Included
Mobile Connectivity Access sites and content from mobile devices using a modern micro-browser and an access gateway. Included Included Included
Multilingual User Interface Take advantage of out-of-the-box support for multilingual experiences in SharePoint 2010. Give your people language options in site navigation, menus, the SharePoint Ribbon, and customized list fields. Included Included Included
Multi-Tenancy Delegate administration tasks and partition data across customers or business units by using new controls and capabilities. Included Included Included
Out-of-the-Box Web Parts Use more than 40 out-of-the-box Web Parts to add functionality anywhere in a site with point-and-click simplicity. Included Included Included
Patch Management Minimize downtime and predictably apply updates and service packs with patch management features, including backward compatibility, Central Administration reporting, and Windows PowerShell integration. Included Included Included
Permissions Management Create custom permission levels or use the six default permission levels, which are also customizable (except for the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels). Included Included Included
Quota Templates Control the amount of storage used by site collections and the resources consumed by user code solutions with improved Quota Templates. Included Included Included
Read-Only Database Support Minimize downtime during patching and upgrade operations and support a larger array of high-availability solutions with improved read-only database support. SharePoint 2010 adapts to a read-only state by limiting the write-based actions of the user in a clean and effective presentation. Included Included Included
Remote Blob Storage (SQL Feature) Move storage of large binary data (BLOBs) from SQL Server to external storage solutions or commodity hardware. Included Included Included
SharePoint Health Analyzer Quickly find and fix potential problems across all of the servers in your farm. The SharePoint Health Analyzer monitors farm health and can automatically fix many common configuration and performance problems. Included Included Included
SharePoint Lists Manage documents and data with SharePoint lists, a simple but powerful table made up of rows and columns.  Edit list entries with customizable forms, and access list data with customizable views. Included Included Included
SharePoint Ribbon Quickly and easily find and use relevant features with the new contextual SharePoint Ribbon. Included Included Included
SharePoint Workspace Take lists, libraries, line-of-business data, and entire sites offline with SharePoint Workspace 2010.  Work locally and SharePoint Workspace 2010 will synchronize any offline changes with the server when connected. Included Included Included
Streamlined Central Administration Manage SharePoint 2010 more efficiently with a streamlined administration experience. Use the SharePoint Ribbon to configure and manage your server farm. Included Included Included
Support for Office Web Apps View, share, edit, and create Microsoft Office documents in SharePoint using Microsoft Office Web Applications. Included Included Included
Unattached Content Database Recovery Temporarily mount an unattached content database and browse content, back up a site collection, or export sites and lists without a recovery farm. Included Included Included
Usage Reporting and Logging Improve your insight into server usage and performance with the new unified logging database in SharePoint 2010. Log the usage and health data for your SharePoint farm. Write your own reports or use the provided reports, and log events and tracing data through a new logging Object Model in the database.  Included Included Included
Visual Upgrade Upgrade to SharePoint 2010 but keep the SharePoint 2007 look-and-feel until you are ready to switch. View a site with the SharePoint 2010 user interface before committing to it.  Included Included Included
Web Parts Use Web Parts to add new functionality to SharePoint sites. Add a Web Part to any page, and a the new functionality will appear when the page is displayed.  Included Included Included
Windows PowerShell Support Achieve greater control and productivity with Windows PowerShell, a command line shell and scripting language. SharePoint 2010 offers a snap-in so you can take advantage of PowerShell for your SharePoint deployments and manage your server farm and automate tasks with out-of-the-box cmdlets.  Included Included Included
Audience Targeting Target groups and inspaniduals with specific pages, Web Parts, and content.  N/A Included Included
Improved Governance Manage SharePoint deployments with new and improved governance features, including metadata creation and management, shared service applications, taxonomy management, multi-tenancy, Sandbox Solutions, content syndication, and policies.  N/A Included Included
Secure Store Service Store account names and passwords in the secure database of the new Secure Store Service. The SharePoint 2010 Secure Store Service replaces the single sign-on (SSO) feature in SharePoint 2007.  N/A Included Included
Web Analytics Better serve your audience by identifying the trends on your sites using Web Analytics. Improve the performance of server farms by planning server resources.  N/A Included Included


Blogs Use the new SharePoint Ribbon to format blog text and easily upload images.  Included Included Included
Connections to Office Communication Server and Exchange Easily connect SharePoint to Office Communication Server and Exchange. Synchronize user profile information across Exchange, Office Communication Server, SharePoint, and Active Directory.  Included Included Included
Discussions Create and respond to discussion topics, easily following the structure of the discussion threads as if reading the transcript of a conversation. Discussion lists have an improved rich text editor and use the SharePoint Ribbon for easier editing and rich formatting options.  Included Included Included
Photos and Presence Help people recognize each other with photos. Use presence to email, IM, or call someone with the click of a button.  Included Included Included
Wikis Create pages that combine the ease of wikis with the functionality of Web Parts.  Included Included Included
Ask Me About List your areas of expertise and invite colleagues to ask questions on the "Ask Me About" section of your profile.  N/A Included Included
Colleague Suggestions Keep your colleague network current with an automated service that suggests colleagues based on your reporting structure, communities membership, e-mail distribution lists, Office Communicator contact lists, and analysis of most common Office Outlook e-mail recipients.  N/A Included Included
Colleagues Network Create an extensive network of colleagues across your company and keep up-to-date on their activities. Easily add people to your company^s social network through the Add Colleagues feature.  N/A Included Included
Enterprise Wikis Consolidate company-wide information into a centralized, easy-to-manage repository with an Enterprise Wiki. Embed dynamic content—including rich media—and use the Managed Metadata service to categorize pages. Manage wiki pages as records to support company compliance and document retention policies.  N/A Included Included
Keyword Suggestions Add keywords to the "Ask Me About" and "Interests" section of your User Profile by using keyword suggestions. SharePoint 2010 will periodically suggest keywords or repeated topics based on e-mail communication patterns from Microsoft Outlook 2010.  N/A Included Included
Memberships Centrally manage your community memberships and email distribution lists from your SharePoint profile.  N/A Included Included
My Content Centrally store and manage your documents, favorite links, personal blog, and wiki pages on the My Content section of your My Site. Customize your pages and set access and permission levels for any content in the section.  N/A Included Included
My Newsfeed View real-time updates from people you follow and the interests you track. My Newsfeed is fully customizable - select what types of activities you want to display, and extend to display third-party activity feeds.  N/A Included Included
My Profile Learn more about your colleagues with Profile pages. The My Profile page contains information about employees, including biographies, job titles, location, contact information, interests and skills, and previous projects.  N/A Included Included
Note Board Easily connect with others, reduce e-mail overload, and start discussions with the Note Board. Post comments, ask questions, and engage the community.  N/A Included Included
Organization Browser Navigate your organizational structure to see managers, peers, and direct reports.  N/A Included Included
Ratings Rate SharePoint pages, lists, libraries, and inspanidual documents with a five-star rating system.  N/A Included Included
Recent Activities Let people know what you^re up to with the Recent Activities feed on your profile page.  N/A Included Included
Status Updates Let your colleagues know what you^re up to by sharing Status Updates. People receive your Status Updates through their network news feeds.  N/A Included Included
Tag Clouds Navigate the tag taxonomy with the visual Tag Cloud Web Part.  N/A Included Included
Tag Profiles Find information and discussions on specific keywords or topics using Tag Profile pages. View a list of items that have been tagged with a term as well as a list of the community members following the topic.  N/A Included Included
Tags Classify and organize large amounts of information in your company by applying tags. Use standardized taxonomy tags defined by the organization and informal social tags defined by employees.  N/A Included Included
Tags and Notes Tool  Manage and share your favorite internal and external Web sites with the Tags and Notes tool. Increase resource sharing across your company by tagging a page with an "I like it" social bookmark.  N/A Included Included


Compliance Everywhere Manage versions, apply retention schedules, declare records, and place legal holds, whether you^re dealing with traditional content, Web content, or social content.  N/A Included Included
Content Organizer Classify content more accurately by using the Content Organizer to automatically route content to appropriate document libraries.  N/A Included Included
Document Sets Create a Document Set to manage related content as a single entity, speeding up common processes like RFP responses.  N/A Included Included
Managed Metadata Service Centrally define and manage metadata, making it available for use across farms and site collections.  N/A Included Included
Metadata-driven Navigation Use metadata-driven navigation to easily find information in large document libraries. Browse and discover content using tags and attributes.  N/A Included Included
Multistage Disposition Build sophisticated policies for managing the entire content life cycle with multistage disposition.  N/A Included Included
Rich Media Management Easily store, manage, find, and use digital content.  N/A Included Included
Shared Content Types Centrally define and manage content types, making them available for use across farms and site collections.  N/A Included Included
Unique Document IDs Find content, even if it has been moved from its original location, with a unique, human-readable Document ID assigned by SharePoint 2010.  N/A Included Included
Word Automation Services Save, export, and print Word documents with Word Automation Services, which also helps you create, manipulate, and render documents.  N/A Included Included


Site Search Find information in your current site or list.  Included Included Included
Basic Sorting Sort results based on modified date or the default view.  N/A Included Included
Best Bets Provide the best results for a keyword using the Best Bets feature.  N/A Included Included
Click Through Relevancy Find results that others liked. Each time people click on a search result, its ranking for related queries increases.  N/A Included Included
Duplicate Detection Reduce clutter from multiple versions of the same document in search results with the Duplicate Detection feature.  N/A Included Included
Enterprise Scale Search Search up to 100 million documents to meet the needs of your entire company or the specialized needs of inspanidual departments.  N/A Included Included
Federated Search Use federated sources in core results, in a small preview of results, or in an instant answer format. Federated Results incorporate information from other sources, Related Searches, and People Results in the search experience.  N/A Included Included
Metadata-driven Refinement Use the new refinement panel in SharePoint 2010 to narrow the results of your search and find the right content faster.  N/A Included Included
Mobile Search Experience Search documents, people, and sites from almost anywhere.  N/A Included Included
People and Expertise Search Search for people by name or by associated terms.  N/A Included Included
Phonetic and Nickname Search Search for a person^s name as it sounds, without knowing the exact spelling.  N/A Included Included
Query Suggestions, "Did You Mean?", and Related Queries Quickly find the right answer with type-as-you-go query suggestions. Use the "Did You Mean?" feature to get spelling corrections. View related queries as a part of your search results.  N/A Included Included
Recently Authored Content Identify the right people and expertise faster with recently authored content.  N/A Included Included
Relevancy Tuning Create customized relevance models to meet specific business needs.  N/A Included Included
Search Scopes Search against a specific subset of the index using criteria like URLs or property values.  N/A Included Included
SharePoint 2010 Search Connector Framework Crawl content outside of SharePoint easily and securely. The Search Connector Framework is built on Business Connectivity Services and allows you to easily create your own connectors.  N/A Included Included
Windows 7 Search Search SharePoint from the Windows 7 desktop.  N/A Included Included
Advanced Content Processing Extract and create metadata from documents to improve search results, sorting capabilities, and refinement.  N/A N/A Included
Advanced Sorting Sort results based on Managed Properties or Rank Profiles  N/A N/A Included
Contextual Search Tailor different results and refinement options based on the profile of the user or audience.  N/A N/A Included
Deep Refinement See the exact number of documents that match each refinement option in a result set.  N/A N/A Included
Extensible Search Platform Meet your company^s complex search needs with an extensible search platform. Build search-driven applications, including 360° Customer Insight applications, Research and Development portals, and Product Support dashboards.  N/A N/A Included
Extreme Scale Search Search billions of documents while maintaining sub-second query times.  N/A N/A Included
Rich Web Indexing Index dynamic Web content and JavaScript with a highly customizable indexing connector.  N/A N/A Included
Similar Results Find results that are similar to your search query.  N/A N/A Included
Thumbnails and Previews Recognize the right content quickly with thumbnail and preview images in your search results.  N/A N/A Included
Tunable Relevance with Multiple Rank Profiles Build rank profiles to define customized ranking algorithms. Blend multiple rank ingredients--including content freshness, authority, and quality--to return the right results.  N/A N/A Included
Visual Best Bets Return rich, editorialized results for specific search keywords using Visual Best Bets. Target content to specific groups of users by associating Visual Best Bets with User Context.  N/A N/A Included


Business Intelligence Center Use the examples in this dedicated SharePoint site template to help you get started with your Business Intelligence projects.  N/A N/A Included
Calculated KPIs Create powerful key performance indicators (KPIs) derived from multiple data sources. Sample templates enable the creation of KPIs quickly and easily using a powerful new expression editor.  N/A N/A Included
Chart Web Parts Choose from a wide range of chart types to create advanced visualizations using the data in SharePoint, including SharePoint Lists, Business Connectivity Services, or Excel Services. A simple wizard guides you through the creation of charts empowering you to create your own dashboards quickly and easily.  N/A N/A Included
Dashboards Create rich dashboards that convey the right information the first time, aggregating content from multiple sources and displaying it in a Web browser in an understandable and collaborate environment. Rich interactivity lets you to analyze up-to-the-minute information and work with the data quickly and easily to identify key opportunities and trends.  N/A N/A Included
Data Connection Library Easily share, manage, and discover data connections by centralizing Office Data Connections (ODCs) in Data Connection Libraries. Access data you need while IT centrally manages the connections and underlying data sources.  N/A N/A Included
Decomposition Tree Perform root cause analyses using powerful analytics to examine core data. View only the most pertinent information using the new Decomposition Tree.  N/A N/A Included
Excel Services Publish Excel workbooks as interactive reports or dashboards. Create rich business experiences with the new JavaScript Object Model, and use the new REST API to easily embed workbooks in other applications. Reuse content in SharePoint dashboards with the new features of Excel 2010 (including Sparklines and Visual Slicers).  N/A N/A Included
Excel Services and PowerPivot for SharePoint Publish Excel workbooks with PowerPivot as interactive reports and dashboards within SharePoint. Schedule and refresh your PowerPivot-enabled Excel workbooks and use a rich management dashboard to monitor and manage the workbooks across your SharePoint farm.  N/A N/A Included
PerformancePoint Services Access the information you need when you need it with interactive dashboards and scorecards. Easily analyze root causes and make effective decisions by using new features like the Decomposition Tree, visualizations, and improved filtering.  N/A N/A Included
Visio Services Publish Visio 2010 diagrams to SharePoint 2010 to let your people view and refresh diagrams in a browser without opening Visio. Integrate diagrams into other SharePoint applications and develop rich mash-ups.  N/A N/A Included


Browser-based Customizations Customize pages and Web Parts to create Web sites that meet your specific business needs.  Included Included Included
Business Connectivity Services Work with external data, whether online or offline, in SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 applications using Business Connectivity Services (BCS, formerly named the Business Data Catalog).  Included Included Included
Business Data Connectivity Service Declaratively model external systems to expose external data in SharePoint 2010. The BDC provides connectivity to various types of external systems, and it has built-in support for connecting to databases, WCF and Web services, Microsoft .NET Framework assemblies, and custom data sources.  Included Included Included
Client Object Model (OM) Use the Client Object Model (OM) to access SharePoint application programming interface (APIs) from remote machines, Silverlight, ECMAScript, and .NET applications.  Included Included Included
Developer Dashboard Monitor and debug SharePoint solutions with the Developer Dashboard. The Developer Dashboard provides diagnostic information, including page request details, memory used, authenticated user, and the number of SPRequest objects.  Included Included Included
Event Receivers Add functionality to actions—including Web and list creation events and site-scoped events—using Events Project Templates in Visual Studio 2010.  Included Included Included
External Data Column Access data from external data sources in existing SharePoint Lists.  Included Included Included
External Lists Read and write data from external systems just as you would SharePoint list data.  Included Included Included
Language Integrated Query (LINQ) for SharePoint Use Language Integrated Query directly in C# or VB.NET code. Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is a new, popular, and strongly-typed data query syntax that provides compile time validation to the SharePoint list schema and a simpler alternative to CAML queries.  Included Included Included
REST and ATOM Data Feeds Easily work with list and Excel data in SharePoint 2010 using ADO.NET Data Services to access REST/ATOM data in a Visual Studio 2010 application.  Included Included Included
Ribbon and Dialog Framework Customize the SharePoint Ribbon with additional context-sensitive ribbons, groups, and items. Create custom dialogs to open on top of Web pages, keeping user context and giving the look of a pop-up window in a non-Web application.  Included Included Included
Sandboxed Solutions Maintain security and manage system performance with Sandbox Solutions. Sandbox Solutions separate code from other processes, improving the security and helping you control resources and prevent performance problems.  Included Included Included
SharePoint Designer Deliver no-code customizations with the new tools in SharePoint Designer, including List and Content Type editors, reusable workflows, XSLT templates, and external content types.  Included Included Included
SharePoint Service Architecture Provision and manage SharePoint services with the new SharePoint Service Architecture, an upgrade from the Shared Service Provider Architecture in SharePoint 2007.  Included Included Included
SharePoint Timer Jobs Run SharePoint timer jobs on a farm and manage and monitor jobs through the farm administration interface.  Included Included Included
Silverlight Web Part Upload Silverlight XAP applications to a document library and use them immediately with the built-in Silverlight Web Part.  Included Included Included
Solution Packages Deploy solutions and features on a SharePoint farm with a WSS Solution Package (WSP).  Included Included Included
Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Developer Tools Create, package, and debug SharePoint solutions with new tools in Visual Studio 2010. Build Web parts, Business Connectivity Services Entities (formerly BDC Entities), and SharePoint solutions with new designers in Visual Studio 2010. Take advantage of integrated support for Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, including source code control and team build capabilities.  Included Included Included
Windows 7 Support Install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008 and make SharePoint development more convenient.  Included Included Included
Workflow Automate collaborative processes using tasks and forms. Take advantage of improved workflow runtime features in SharePoint 2010, including management, site workflows, custom local services, event receivers, and reliability.  Included Included Included
Workflow Models  Create workflow models in SharePoint Designer 2010 or Visual Studio 2010 and deploy them to SharePoint 2010. Associate workflow models with an item in a SharePoint list, a document in a document library, or directly on a SharePoint site. Workflow actions execute in response to user events, and workflow instances can run long.  Included Included Included
Business Connectivity Services Profile Page View detailed information about an external data item on a Business Connectivity Services Profile Page. This page appears when users drill down into external data in search results, External Lists, and External Data Web Parts.  N/A Included Included
Workflow Templates Use out-of-the-box workflow templates for common tasks like approvals and reviews.  N/A Included Included
Access Services Publish Access databases in SharePoint.  N/A N/A Included
Business Data Integration with the Office Client Interact with external business data directly within the familiar user environment of Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SharePoint Workspace.  N/A N/A Included
Business Data Web Parts Create unique business applications and display information from line-of-business systems using Business Data Web Parts.  N/A N/A Included
InfoPath Forms Services Create rich electronic forms to quickly gather information. Use Microsoft InfoPath to build form-based SharePoint applications and advanced forms that connect to line-of-business systems.  N/A N/A Included