Features deprecated in SharePoint 2013
The following features and functionality have been deprecated or changed in SharePoint 2013.
Description: The visual upgrade feature in SharePoint Server 2010 is not available in SharePoint 2013. For the upgrade from Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010, you could choose to use the visual upgrade feature to give site collection owners and site owners the opportunity to preserve the previous user interface temporarily while still upgrading the infrastructure and databases, site collections, and features to the latest version. This allowed site collection owners and site owners to update customizations to work in the new user interface. Once the database and site collection upgrade was complete, the user had the option to upgrade the user interface on a more granular level of the website (SPWeb object).
Reason for change: The visual upgrade feature is replaced with deferred site collection upgrade. The site collection upgrade process is not reversible. The deferred site collection upgrade is a more comprehensive upgrade process than visual upgrade.
Document Workspace site template
Description: When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Document Workspace site template is not available.
Reason for change: The scenario of collaborating on a document is now provided by the Team Site site template. The Document Workspace site template was removed from SharePoint 2013 to simplify the list of templates that are available when a user creates a new site collection.
Meeting Workspace site templates
Description: When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, all five of the Meeting Workspace site templates are not available. This includes the Basic Meeting Workspace, Blank Meeting Workspace, Decision Meeting Workspace, Social Meeting Workspace, and Multipage Meeting Workspace. In addition, the integration with Meeting Workspaces has been removed from Outlook 2013, and the commands to create a Meeting Workspace in Outlook 2013 have been removed from the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon.
Reason for change: SharePoint 2013 and Office 2013 provide other features that support meetings and collaboration. For example, you can use Lync to conduct live meetings, OneNote to take notes during meetings, and a SharePoint team site or My Site to store shared meeting notes.
Visio Process Repository site template
Description: When you create a site in SharePoint 2013, the Visio Process Repository site template will continue to be available. However, the Visio Process Repository site template will be removed in the next major release of SharePoint.
Reason for change: The Visio Process Repository site template is not a widely used site template. The Visio Process Repository site template was removed from SharePoint 2013 to simplify the list of templates that are available when a user creates a new site collection.
Imaging Web service
Description: The Imaging Web service provides functionality for creating and managing picture libraries. The Imaging Web service will be removed from the next major release of SharePoint. The Imaging Web service is included and supported in SharePoint 2013.
Reason for change: The Imaging Web service is not widely used. The only client application for the Imaging Web service, Office Picture Manager, is no longer included with SharePoint 2013. The Imaging Web service is being removed to reduce security vulnerabilities and to simplify the number of ways to connect to SharePoint 2013.
Excel Services — Can’t edit workbooks in the browser that have external data connections
Description: Workbooks with external data connections that use Windows authentication cannot be refreshed in the browser. Instead, you are prompted to open the workbook in the Excel client program. Workbooks that have database or Windows credentials stored either in the Secure Store Service or in the connection string can still be edited in the browser. This change applies only when Excel Web App in Office Web Apps Server is used to view workbooks, not when Excel Services in SharePoint Server 2013 is used.
Reason for change: This is a design limitation in SharePoint 2013.
Web Analytics in SharePoint Server 2010
Description: Web Analytics in SharePoint Server 2010 has been discontinued and is not available in SharePoint 2013. Analytics processing for SharePoint 2013 is now a component of the Search service.
Reason for change: A new analytics system was required for SharePoint 2013 that included improvements in scalability and performance, and that had an infrastructure that encompasses SharePoint Online. The Analytics Processing Component in SharePoint 2013 runs analytics jobs to analyze content in the search index and user actions that are performed on SharePoint sites.
SharePoint 2013 still logs every click in SharePoint sites and still provides a count of hits for every document. User data is made anonymous early in the logging process and the Analytics Processing Component is scalable to the service.
This analytics data is used in SharePoint 2013 to provide new item-to-item recommendation features, to show view counts that are embedded in SharePoint 2013 and Search Server user interface, to provide a report of the top items in a site and list, and to influence the relevancy algorithm of search.
Description: The Organization Profiles feature is deprecated in SharePoint Server 2013. Organization Profiles contain detailed information about an organization such as teams, divisions, and other information that describes the organization’s hierarchy.
Reason for change: SharePoint features related to identities continue to evolve around the core concepts of users and groups, and SharePoint will not be investing further in OrgID.
SharePoint Foundation 2010 deprecated search features
The following functionality has changed in SharePoint Foundation search.
Description: The search capabilities of SharePoint Foundation 2013 have changed, and are now based on the same search implementation as SharePoint Server. This provides many improvements, but also means that the search configuration is very different.
Reason for change: Alignment of basic capabilities between SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation.
Migration path: No migration of search settings is supported.
SharePoint Server 2010 deprecated search features
The following section provides details about the deprecated search features in SharePoint Server.
Modifying the search topology using a web-based interface
Description: SharePoint 2013 uses the web-based interface to show the current status of the topology. You change the topology by using Windows PowerShell. SharePoint Server 2010 also included a web-based option for changing the topology.
Reason for change: The core search architecture of SharePoint 2013 has a more complex and flexible topology that can be changed more efficiently by using Windows PowerShell.
SharePoint Search SQL syntax
Description: In SharePoint Server 2010, you could construct complex search queries by using SQL syntax.
Search in SharePoint 2013 supports FAST Query Language (FQL) syntax and Keyword Query Language (KQL) syntax for custom search solutions. You cannot use SQL syntax in custom search solutions.
Custom search solutions that use SQL syntax with the Query object model and the Query web service that were created in earlier versions of SharePoint Serverdo not work when you upgrade them to SharePoint 2013. If you submit queries by using these applications, you will receive an error.
Reason for change: The core search architecture has changed in SharePoint 2013, and the SQL syntax is no longer supported.
FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint deprecated features
The following section provides details about the deprecated features in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.
FAST Search database connector
Description: The FAST Search database connector is not supported in SharePoint 2013.
Reason for change: The connector framework for SharePoint 2013 is combined with the BCS framework and the Business Data Catalog connectors.
Migration path: Replace the FAST Search database connector with the Business Data Catalog-based indexing connectors in the BCS framework.
Person names and location extractions
Description: In SharePoint 2013, you cannot extract person names and locations from documents by using predefined extractors.
In SharePoint 2013, you can create custom extractors to extract person names and locations. The difference between the predefined extractors in FAST Search Server2010 for SharePoint, and custom extractors in SharePoint 2013, is that custom extractors are only based on dictionary entries, whereas the predefined extractors also use extraction rules.
Reason for change: This feature has limited usage and usually requires extensive customization. In most cases, we recommend that you use customer-specific dictionaries.