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This page explains what are the new features available in Coveo for Sitecore 4.0. This version is now in maintenance mode with a new version coming out quarterly.

To get the latest features, consider upgrading to Coveo for Sitecore 4.1 (see What's New In Coveo for Sitecore 4.1).

Coveo for Sitecore Comparisonv4.01v3.0
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JavaScript Search Framework1.0+0.9
Release cycle~3 months

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Usage Analytics and Coveo Machine Learning

If you are familiar with Coveo for Sitecore 3.0, you know that Usage Analytics were introduced in this version, but you still had to configure it and contact the Professional Services to initialize your organization. With version 4.0 and Cloud indexing,  the Usage Analytics feature is enabled by default right out of the box (see Coveo Usage Analytics). Furthermore, Coveo for Sitecore 4.0 enables you to leverage the precious analytics and feed them to Coveo Machine Learning (Coveo ML), Coveo's artificial intelligence powered service that analyzes search behavior patterns to increase the relevancy of the  Coveo search results (see Getting Started with Coveo Machine Learning).

Cloud Indexing

Coveo for Sitecore 4.0 offers the possibility to have your indexes hosted in the Coveo Cloud platform (see Understanding the Architecture of Coveo for Sitecore - Cloud). Migrating to a cloud-based index brings many advantages:

(tick) Less software: you do not need to install Coveo Enterprise Search (CES) nor the Coveo Search API. No need to deal with the Admin Service and RabbitMQ anymore.

(tick) Less hardware: you do not need to maintain servers for your index as those servers are provided through your Coveo for the Sitecore solution. 

(tick) Fewer endpoints: the architecture has been greatly simplified, so there is way less port configuration and firewall openings to make.

(tick) Less configuration: no more complicated configuration steps like copying certificates from CES to your CM and CD instances.

(tick)  Less license management: the license is handled by the Coveo Cloud platform.

JavaScript Search Framework V1

Coveo for Sitecore now uses the JavaScript Search Framework V1 instead of version 0.9:

Technical Changes

Coveo for Sitecore 4.0 brings some changes to its methods:

Upgrading from Coveo for Sitecore 3.0

To help you transition from 3.0, you can review the documentation about configuration file differences and the steps you need to undertake to adapt search pages, search components and layouts to JavaScript Search Framework V1  (see Upgrading from Coveo for Sitecore 3.0 to Coveo for Sitecore 4.0). Take a look at the Supported Versions and Dependencies to make sure your setup is fully compatible with Coveo for Sitecore 4.0.

 

 

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