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What Is Included in Business Connectivity Services?

SharePoint 2010

Microsoft Business Connectivity Services (BCS) is included in Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, and Microsoft Office 2010 applications. However, the feature set and the capabilities differ in each application.

Last modified: April 19, 2011

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Figure 1 shows the differences in the feature sets of Business Connectivity Services, SharePoint Server 2010, and Office 2010.

Figure 1. Feature sets of Business Connectivity Services, SharePoint 2010, and Office 2010

Feature sets of BCS, SharePoint, and Office

Table 1 compares the Business Connectivity Services features that are present in the different editions of SharePoint 2010.

Table 1. Comparison of Business Connectivity Services features in SharePoint 2010 editions

Business Connectivity Services Feature

SharePoint Foundation 2010

SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition

SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition

External List

External Data column

Business Data Connectivity (BDC) service

Connector Framework

Secure Store Service

External Data Search

Profile Pages

Business Data Web Parts

Rich Client Integration

Rich-client integration is available only in Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010.

For more information about the Business Connectivity Services features in each application, see the following topics:

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