What is the difference between a service (for example the search service - something like SharepointSearch 15) and a Service Application (for example the Search Service Application in Central Administration)?

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This question is NOT a duplicate as it asks about the difference between a service and a SERVICE application, NOT between a service and a WEB Application.

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  • @AtishDipongkor nope, it's not a duplicate, this question refers to a SERVICE Application, not to a Web Application like in the one you linked Nov 21, 2015 at 17:56
  • I can see your answer is there. Please read the other answers with comments. SharePoint facilitates several services such like user profile, secure token, business connectivity and etc.. which are supported at farm level. An application is a web application where it also lies in the same level as services Nov 21, 2015 at 18:05

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Interesting question, you can find the better explanation in technet

"*In SharePoint 2013, individual services can be configured independently and third-party companies can add services. The services infrastructure gives you control over which services are deployed and how services are shared.

Services that are deployed are named service applications. A service application provides a resource that can be shared across sites throughout a farm, and can be accessed by users through a hosting web application. Service applications are associated to web applications by service application connections. Some services can be shared across farms.* "

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