As you probably already now, SharePoint 2013 comes in different flavors with:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • SharePoint Server 2013 Standard
  • SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise
  • There are also multiple SharePoint 2013 offers in the cloud with Office 365.

Each versions of SharePoint 2013 comes with different features and different pricing. This article will only focus on the search features.

In this article you will learn:

  • The common search features offered by the three on-premise editions of SharePoint 2013
  • The difference in search feature offering between SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2013 standard
  • The difference in search feature offering between SharePoint Server 2013 standard and Enterprise.

Microsoft has completely revamped the search engine that comes with SharePoint 2013. They are now offering a single search engine for all SharePoint 2013 editions. Windows Services Search and Fast Search server do not exist anymore. Multiple features that were part of Fast Search are now available with the new Search Engine. But using the same search engine does not mean the same search feature sets are available for all editions of SharePoint 2013.

The common search features offered by the three on-premise editions of SharePoint 2013

While searching for difference in features between the editions of SharePoint 2013, I have found this document from the Office 365 documentation http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx. Most of the information in this article is coming from this document, but I have re-arranged it to make it easier to understand the differences.

From this document I have extracted the common search features offered by the three on-premise editions of SharePoint 2013.

  

SharePoint Foundation

Standard Edition

Enterprise Edition

Advanced Content Processing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Continuous crawl

Yes

Yes

Yes

Expertise Search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hybrid search

Yes

Yes

Yes

Phonetic name matching

Yes

Yes

Yes

Query spelling correction

Yes

Yes

Yes

Quick preview

Yes

Yes

Yes

Refiners

Yes

Yes

Yes

RESTful Query API/Query OM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Result sources

Yes

Yes

Yes

Search results sorting

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

As you can see everything that comes with SharePoint Foundation is available with SharePoint Server Standard and Enterprise. Likewise everything that comes with SharePoint Server Standard is also available with SharePoint Server Enterprise.

Since the goal of the article is to explain the difference, we will not discuss the details of these features.

The difference in search feature offering between SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2013 standard

The following table displays the difference in search feature offering between SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2013 Standard.

  

SharePoint Foundation

Standard Edition

Enterprise Edition

Deep links

No

Yes

Yes

Event-based relevancy

No

Yes

Yes

Graphical refiners

No

Yes

Yes

Managed navigation

No

Yes

Yes

Query rules—Add promoted results

No

Yes

Yes

Query suggestions

No

Yes

Yes

Query throttling

No

Yes

Yes

Recommendations

No

Yes

Yes

Search vertical: “Conversations”

No

Yes

Yes

Search vertical: “People”

No

Yes

Yes

 

Deep links

The search system automatically creates links directly to sub-sections of a main page that is frequently visited. These links are called “deep links”. The preview shows rich metadata and has deep links to the main sections of the document or site.

Event-based relevancy

The search system determines the relevance of search results in part by how content is connected, how often an item appears in search results, and which search results people click. The analytics component tracks and analyzes this information and uses it to continuously improve relevance. Learn more about analytics processing.

Graphical refiners

The new graphical refiners provide a more visual way of filtering search results. Learn more about configuring the Refinement Web Part.

Managed Navigation

Managed navigation lets organizations define and maintain the navigation on a site by using term sets. Managed navigation supplements the existing SharePoint navigation that is based on site structure. The managed navigation structure is created by adding terms to term sets in the Term Store Management tool. Learn more about managed navigation.

Query Rules- Add promoted results

In a query rule, specify conditions and correlated actions. When a query meets the conditions in a query rule, the search system performs the actions specified in the rule. The “Add promoted results” action lets you promote individual results so that they appear at the top of search results.

Query Suggestions

Query suggestions are suggested phrases that users have already searched for. The suggestions appear in a list below the Search Box as a user types a query. Query suggestions are generated automatically, and phrases can be added to the system as “always” or “never” suggest.

Query Throttling

If query resources become limited, you can decide how queries should be prioritized based on the client type the queries are coming from.

Recommandations

The search system looks for patterns in how users interact with content items, sites and people, and can use the information to display recommendations on a site, for example, “People who viewed this also viewed”. Learn more about configuring recommendations and usage event types in SharePoint Server 2013.

Search verticals: “Conversations”

A targeted search experience that displays results that are custom filtered and formatted for conversations content. Learn more about configuring the Search Navigation Web Part.

Search verticals: “People”

A targeted search experience that displays results that are custom filtered and formatted for people content. The search results are based on metadata about the people in an organization and on the content those people have produced. Learn more about configuring the Search Navigation Web Part.

 

The difference in search feature offering between SharePoint Server 2013 standard and Enterprise.

In the following table you will find a list of features only available with SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise.

  

SharePoint Foundation

Standard Edition

Enterprise Edition

Content Search Web Part

No

No

Yes

Custom entity extraction

No

No

Yes

Extensible content processing

No

No

Yes

Query rules—advanced actions

No

No

Yes

Search vertical: “Video”

No

No

Yes

Search connector framework

No

No

No

Tunable Relevancy

No

No

No

 

Content Search Web Part

Not available to SharePoint Online customers. The Content Search Web Part is a SharePoint Server 2013 feature that displays content that was crawled and added to an organization’s search index. It is a very powerful and versatile Web Part, especially when it is used in combination with managed navigation and category pages. The Content Search Web Part allows you to select a result source. This makes it very easy to specify which content should be searched. You can also use Keyword Query Language to add more filters and search terms to the query in this Web Part. Learn more about Content Search Web Part.

Custom Entity Extraction

Not available to SharePoint Online customers. SharePoint Server 2013 administrators can create and deploy custom entity extraction dictionaries to configure the search system to look for specific words or phrases (entities) in unstructured content. The extracted entities are stored in separate managed properties, and you can use them to improve your organization’s search experience, for example by creating refiners. Learn more about creating and deploying custom entity extractors.

Extensible Content Processing

Not available to SharePoint Online customers. Developers can call out to an external content enrichment web service to change the managed properties of crawled items before they are indexed. The ability to change managed properties for items during content processing is helpful for tasks such as data cleansing, entity extraction, classification, and tagging. Learn more about custom content processing.

Query rules-advanced actions

In this query rule, specify conditions and correlated actions. When a query meets the conditions in a query rule, the search system performs the actions specified in the rule.

Search vertical: “Video”

A targeted search experience that displays results that are custom filtered and formatted for video content. Learn more about configuring the Search Navigation Web Part.

Search connector Framework

SharePoint Server 2013 provides default connectors (protocol handlers) for the most popular protocols, which can be used to crawl and index content. To crawl content that requires a non-default connector, your organization can purchase and install third-party connectors or build your own custom connectors. Learn more about default connectors in SharePoint Server 2013.

Tunable relevancy

The search system has strong built-in relevant that will automatically improve over time. In addition, many tools can be used to manually tune the relevancy to match content and to create specific search experiences for an organization. Learn more about managing search relevance in SharePoint Server 2013.

Conclusion

Microsoft has made a big investment in improving search for the user, for the administrator and for the developer. Even if it’s now the same engine for all versions of SharePoint you now understand the difference in features between SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Server Standard and SharePoint Server Enterprise.

 

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

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