Compare Lightning Experience and Salesforce Classic

Understanding what you get—and don’t get—in the new interface is a big part of the decision to switch to Lightning Experience. Here are some highlights of how Lightning Experience compares to what you’re used to in Salesforce Classic.
Note

Note

These lists aren’t a complete view of what’s not available in Lightning Experience. Also read Lightning Experience Considerations to help make your decision.

Salesforce Data

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Sales objects: Accounts, Campaigns, Contacts, Leads, Opportunities, Person Accounts, Price Books, Products Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Calendar, Events, Tasks Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Service objects: Assets, basic Cases, Work Orders Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Custom objects Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Chatter feeds, groups, and people Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Salesforce Files Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Other Sales and Service objects Checkmark icon indicating true

Home

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Performance chart Checkmark icon indicating true
Assistant Checkmark icon indicating true
Account Insights Checkmark icon indicating true
Top deals Checkmark icon indicating true
Tasks Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Events* Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Calendar* Checkmark icon indicating true
Feed and publisher Checkmark icon indicating true
Items to approve Checkmark icon indicating true
Customizable dashboards Checkmark icon indicating true
Customizable home page components Checkmark icon indicating true

* In Lightning Experience, Home displays only events remaining on a user's calendar today. Users can access all their events from the calendar link on Home or from the default navigation menu.

Accounts and Contacts

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Account Insights Checkmark icon indicating true
Activity Timeline Checkmark icon indicating true
Enhanced Notes Checkmark icon indicating true
“Reference” page layout Checkmark icon indicating true
Related lists Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Integrated email and templates Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Twitter highlights Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Person Accounts Checkmark icon indicating true

(Beta Support)

Checkmark icon indicating true
Account teams Checkmark icon indicating true
Account and contact hierarchy Checkmark icon indicating true

Campaigns (Beta)

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Campaign member status charts Checkmark icon indicating true
Import campaign members Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Add individual campaign members Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Campaign member status updates via import Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Clone campaign members Checkmark icon indicating true
Add and manage campaign members from a list view Checkmark icon indicating true

Leads

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Workspace page layout Checkmark icon indicating true
Activity Timeline Checkmark icon indicating true
Sales Path Checkmark icon indicating true
Enhanced Notes Checkmark icon indicating true
Change lead owner to a queue Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Integrated email and templates Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Lead conversion customization via the API Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Find and merge duplicate leads Checkmark icon indicating true

Opportunities

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Workspace page layout Checkmark icon indicating true
Activity Timeline Checkmark icon indicating true
Sales Path Checkmark icon indicating true
Enhanced Notes Checkmark icon indicating true
Visual view of opportunities (Kanban) Checkmark icon indicating true
Integrated email and templates Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Opportunity teams Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Opportunity splits Checkmark icon indicating true
Similar opportunities Checkmark icon indicating true
Big deal alerts Checkmark icon indicating true

Data.com

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Prospect for contacts and companies Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Clean status of clean rules Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
See how clean rules are working Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Add Data.com contacts as leads Checkmark icon indicating true

Reports

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Enhanced report charts Checkmark icon indicating true
Hide totals and subgroups from report view Checkmark icon indicating true
Create interactive filters when viewing reports Checkmark icon indicating true
Report Builder Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Bucket fields Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Custom summary formulas Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Matrix, Summary, Tabular report formats Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Table, Funnel chart types Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Report folder sharing* Checkmark icon indicating true
Create report folders Checkmark icon indicating true
Joined reports Checkmark icon indicating true
Cumulative Line, Multimetric, Pie, Scatter chart types Checkmark icon indicating true
Schedule report refreshes Checkmark icon indicating true
Follow reports Checkmark icon indicating true
Report notifications Checkmark icon indicating true
Export reports Checkmark icon indicating true

* You can’t set up folder sharing in Lightning Experience; however, folders that were created in Salesforce Classic inherit all assigned permissions when viewed in Lightning Experience.

Dashboards

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Display more than 3 columns Checkmark icon indicating true
Dashboard Builder Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
View filtered dashboards Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
View dynamic dashboards Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Schedule dashboard refreshes* Checkmark icon indicating true
Post dashboard components to feeds Checkmark icon indicating true
Follow dashboards Checkmark icon indicating true
Visualforce components Checkmark icon indicating true

* Users can’t schedule dashboards in Lightning Experience, but dashboards scheduled in Salesforce Classic run as expected in Lightning Experience.

List Views

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Charts Checkmark icon indicating true
Create filters on the fly Checkmark icon indicating true
Create and edit lists Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Sortable columns Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Resizable columns Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Sharing Settings* Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Advanced filter logic Checkmark icon indicating true

* In Lightning Experience, sharing list views marked as “Visible only to me” or “Visible to all users” is supported. Sharing with certain groups of users isn’t supported.

Other Features and Products

Feature Lightning Experience Salesforce Classic
Activities-related composer windows Checkmark icon indicating true
Create and edit records Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Inline editing record detail fields Checkmark icon indicating true Checkmark icon indicating true
Inline editing in lists Checkmark icon indicating true
Forecasting Checkmark icon indicating true
Territory Management Checkmark icon indicating true
Salesforce Communities* Checkmark icon indicating true
Partner Portals Checkmark icon indicating true
Service Cloud Checkmark icon indicating true
Work.com Checkmark icon indicating true

* Setup for Salesforce Communities is available in Lightning Experience but creating, managing, and working in your communities is only available in Salesforce Classic.