Service descriptions for SharePoint Online and on-premises SharePoint 2013 solutions

  This blog post is contributed by SharePoint Technical Writer, Jennifer Bost.

What, exactly, do you get in SharePoint 2013?

Are you looking for a list of SharePoint 2013 features? Perhaps you’re trying to figure out which SharePoint offering is right for your organization. Do you need SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Standard, or SharePoint Enterprise Edition?

If this sounds like you, then the SharePoint Online Service Description might be what you’re looking for. Don’t let the name fool you. This article is actually a single source of truth for SharePoint Online feature capabilities, and also for on-premises SharePoint solutions. That way you can compare all of the options available to you.

The SharePoint Online Service Description has been recently updated to reflect the company’s release of SharePoint 2013.  The service description includes short, 1-2 sentence descriptions of the features, but if you want to dig deeper and learn more we’ve also included links to the Help content that explores a feature in-depth.

Feature availability tables for each service

Go ahead and dig into the service description. You’ll find three feature availability tables on the main article that compare Office 365 plans, standalone plans, and on-premises offerings. Click SharePoint feature availability across on-premises solutions to jump directly to that feature table.


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