New SharePoint 2013 WCM features are Not available in SharePoint Online 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Standard

Update 11/15/2013 – As of Nov 2013, some of the information in this article are no longer valid. Microsoft has released many of these new WCM features including Cross-Site Publishing and Content By Search Web Part in SharePoint Online and Office 365. Please visit SharePoint Online Service Description for latest features supported in SharePoint Online. As of now, majority of SharePoint 2013 WCM features available in SharePoint 2013 Enterprise and SharePoint Online. These features are still NOT available in SharePoint 2013 Standard.

I have been researching all the key features of SharePoint 2013 WCM recently. One of my goals was to build integrated environment to demo all the new SP2013 investments of Search, Social, and WCM in SharePoint online environment.

As I was going through all the Ignite videos on TechNet and awesome SPC12 WCM videos & HOLs, some of the major investments in WCM are newer publishing model like Cross-Site Publishing, Catalogs, Topic Pages, Faceted Navigation, Image Renditions, Multiple domains, and Continuous Search web part.  These new features are great for Best Buy kind of search driven CMS/e-commerce applications including corporate new center applications.

Since Microsoft is pushing for cloud and SharePoint Online, it was interesting to see SP2013 WCM features are not available in Office 365.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx

Here is table I have derived based on Microsoft’s comparisons for major WCM/Search related features. Items in red are clear indicators where new WCM features available only in SharePoint 2013 On-Premises, Enterprise CAL.

Office 365 (Both Enterprise & Standalone Plans) SP2013Foundation SP2013 Standard SP2013 Enterprise
SP2010/MOSS 2007 Publishing Page Layout Model Yes (Available only for Intranet both in SP2010 Online and SP2013 Online) No Yes Yes
WCM Analytics No No Yes Yes
WCM Catalog No No No Yes
WCM Cross-Site Publishing No No No Yes
WCM Designer Tools Yes (New in SP2013 Online) No Yes Yes
WCM Facted Navigation No No No Yes
WCM Image Renditions No No No Yes
WCM Mobile and Device Rendering Yes (New in SP2013 Online) No Yes Yes
WCM Multiple Domains (.com, .fr, .mx) No No No Yes
WCM OOB Recommendation Web Parts Yes No Yes Yes
WCM SEO Yes No Yes Yes
WCM Topic Pages No No No Yes
Content Search Web Part No No No Yes
Continuous Crawl Yes (New in SP2013 Online) Yes Yes Yes
Graphical Refiners Yes (New in SP2013 Online) No Yes Yes
Managed Navigation (Term Store Driven) Yes (New in SP2013 Online) No Yes Yes
Variations Yes (Available only for Intranet both in SP2010 Online and SP2013 Online) No Yes Yes
Machine Translation Service Yes (New in SP2013 Online) Yes Yes Yes

I had a conversation with Andrew Connell on this topic yesterday on twitter and he has also same opinion.

SP2013 Online and WCM 1

SP2013 Online and WCM 2

Basically, we have two different model for WCM implementations in SharePoint 2013. First one is SP2010/MOSS 2007 based classic publishing page layouts model. This is still valid in Office 365 SP2013 Online. It was valid in Office 365 SP2010 Online as well. Unfortunately newer & second model with cross-site publishing is not available in SharePoint Online for both intranet and public facing site. In fact, just like SharePoint 2010 on-premises, majority of the new features are not available in SP2013 standard licenses either.

My opinion on this, either you stick with classic SP2010/MOSS 2007 Publishing Model for SharePoint Online 2013 Intranet or use SP2013 Enterprises Editions in On-Premises for Cross-Site Publishing feature for SP2013 Intranet or public facing sites.

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8 Responses to New SharePoint 2013 WCM features are Not available in SharePoint Online 2013 and SharePoint 2013 Standard

  1. Are you sure the variations are not available on standard “on premise” environment ? I’m waiting for a corporate standard license key to deploy on standard only environment (we all only have enterprise as trial / msdn key right ?) but I’m thinking this is a mistake. There a couple of these charts on the web (and it wouldn’t be the first time technet has some mistakes…)

    For the content catalog, CBS, Image rendition, etc. it’s a shame they force Enterprise edition but it’s understandable.

    • Nik Patel says:

      Thanks for catch. I have looked at Microsoft link and found out that there is no reference for variations in on-premises CALs. I must have overlooked. I have updated my article and will update as soon as I have more info. I am going to ask my rep as well.

    • Nik Patel says:

      Both publishing page layouts and variations features available in SP2010 and SP2013 standard CAL..

  2. Thanks for your fast reply and update (and sorry for all the mistakes and typos in the inital post). Nice day Nik.

  3. I have updated your spreadsheet with other items that I have discovered. If you want me to post or send the spreadsheet I can do so or if you have any updates.

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