You did it, you got to upgrade your old and crusty SharePoint 2007 or 2010 environment to super awesome SharePoint 2013.  You go to insert a Chart web part, and you can’t find it.  What?  Where did it go?  Well it’s not and won’t be in SharePoint 2013, along with some other features.  I know this scenario sounds foreign to everyone because as a good SharePoint administrator/analyst/consultant/guru/stakeholder/owner, you made sure there was proper planning and testing for the migration project and all this was known ahead of time.  Right?  Well, no one’s perfect …

The purpose of this article is to try and compile a list of features removed or discounted features, not list all of the changes or improvements in SharePoint 2013.  This list will vary somewhat depending if we’re talking SharePoint on-premise or SharePoint online, but I’ll try to call out the differences where applicable. 

Base Set to Discontinued Features

First let’s start with the main list of features discontinued from Microsoft Office.  This link describes the feature, the reason it was removed and recommended replacements:

  • Document Workspace
  • *Meeting Workspace
  • Organization Profiles
  • Inserting Barcodes
  • PowerPoint Broadcast from SharePoint
  • Slide Libraries
  • Web Analytics
  • Refreshing connected workbooks using Windows authentication through Office Web Apps Server
  • Search of RSS feeds
  • Custom Help
  • Group Work
  • Personalization Site Template
  • Visio Pivot Diagrams based on a SharePoint Task list
  • Visual Upgrade
  • *Chart Web Part

Most of features in this list were either never fully implemented, hardly used by most customers, or deprecated because they are being consolidated into other features (like web analytics is now part of Search).  But some of you may be using a lot of meeting workspaces, and that is important to know when upgrading to SharePoint 2013.  If you are doing the supported DB Attach method, the sites will migrate and function, but you can’t create any other Meeting Workspace sites.

Also, a lot of you might be using the Chart web part (available with the enterprise edition).  This web part is now gone in lieu of all of the new improvements that Microsoft has put into Excel 2013 with Power View and Excel services / Excel app.  If you don’t like this option, there are tons of great client-side technologies that can serve was replacements (apps in the store, jquery, google, 3rd-party, etc.). 

What Else is There?

You can review most of these in more technical detail here on TechNet:

Changes from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013

There are a few others that I wanted to call out:

  • SharePoint Designer Design View
    There is one huge difference with SharePoint Designer 2013 that everyone is widely known by now, but still should be included here.  In SPD 2010, you could look at a page and its code via a design view or the code view, or both combined.  The design view was very helpful when messing with data view web parts, formatting, etc.  Because SharePoint 2013 is now supporting more open web standards, the design view didn’t and therefore they say isn’t needed.  Others disagree, but its how it is from now on.  Basically you don’t HAVE to use Designer any more to edit web pages, so the design view is now obsolete. 

  • InfoPath Form Services
    First let me say InfoPath STILL exists in SharePoint 2013 on-premise and online, but will be removed in SharePoint Online over the next year in a phased replacement of Forms technology.  It will however still be supported in SharePoint 2013 on-premise until the end of the support lifecycle of SharePoint 2013 (10 years).  This is a very heated topic, and there is no 1 answer here so I just call it out in case you’ve been living under a rock.  Bottom line, don’t invest too heavily in InfoPath form development moving forward as sooner or later, it will be removed from the product.  There are many 3rd-party apps that fill the gap, and vary on features and price.  Here are some resources:

SharePoint Online

Well with SharePoint Online, you’re at the mercy of Microsoft and their vision for the production.  That may be fine, maybe not.  You don’t have the like it, just live with it.  There are a few important items to call out here for SharePoint Online. 


You can read more about the differences in features that will and won’t work in SharePoint Online by reviewing the Service Description page on TechNet.  Technically these aren’t mostly features that are removed per say, just ones that don’t work in Online.  I took all the tables from the pages, put them in Excel and filtered them to only show ones that weren’t supported.  Here they are:

  • Developer
    • BCS: profile pages
    • BCS: rich client integration
      • Using in Outlook, Excel
    • Custom site definitions
    • Custom site provisioning Page
    • Full trust solutions (farm solutions)
  • IT Pro
    • AAM mappings
    • Claims authentication
    • Configuration Wizards
    • Distributed Cache
    • Host Header Site Collections
    • Improved Self-Service Site Creation
    • Managed Accounts
    • Patch Management
    • Quota Templates
    • Read-Only Database Support
    • Remote BLOB Storage
    • Request Management
    • Request throttling
    • Resource throttling
    • SharePoint Health Analyzer
    • State Service
    • Streamlined Central Administration
    • System Status Notifications
    • Unattached Content Database Recovery
    • Usage Reporting and Logging
  • Content
    • Email enabled lists and libraries
    • IRM using Windows Server AD RMS
      • Can use IRM with Azure AD in O365
    • Office Web Apps v2010 integration
      • SP Online uses Office Web Apps Server, the new 2013 flavor
    • PowerPoint Automation Services
    • WCM: Faceted navigation
    • WCM: Multiple Domains
    • Word Automation Services
  • Insights
    • PerformancePoint
    • SSRS
  • Search
    • Custom entity extraction
    • Extensible content processing
    • On-premises search index
    • Search connector framework
  • Sites
    • Custom Managed Paths
      • Unable to create custom managed paths because this is a web application thing
      • Restricted to use existing /sites or /teams paths when creating site collections
  • Social
    • None
  • Addons
    • None

Other Features Not Supported

  • Tags & Notes feature
    The full description is here from MS Office.   This does NOT include metadata, the managed metadata features are still a core part of SharePoint and continue to be, but these are more about the social tags.  This is because the social platform in Sharepoint 2013 has completely changed, and will continue to evolve as Microsoft continues to incorporate Yammer into SharePoint. 

  • Tasks Link and Sync Tasks to Outlook
    These I just don’t understand.  The “details” are provided here in this Microsoft KB article

How Do I Stay Up to Date on SharePoint Online Changes?

There’s one more link I wanted to provide, even though its not about missing or removed features, but is more useful when looking at migrating to SharePoint Online – the Office 365 Success Center.  There are a lot of good document templates, communication templates, and guides to help you as you migrate to Online.  If I have missed anything please post in the comments.

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