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Introducing SharePoint 2007

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  1. Getting Familiar with the SharePoint 2007 Products
  2. Brief History of the SharePoint Products
  3. Summary
  4. Q&A
  5. Workshop
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Mike Walsh introduces the main SharePoint products and provides a brief history of the product.
This chapter is from the book

What You’ll Learn in This Hour

  • Main SharePoint 2007 products
  • A brief history of the product range

Getting Familiar with the SharePoint 2007 Products

If you look at the latest list of SharePoint 2007 products (at the time of writing), you’ll see that the first three products in that list are what I call the “main” products:

  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007—Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007—Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet Sites
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Standard
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search Enterprise

These main products are Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0). The two different versions—Standard and Enterprise editions—of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 are a mouthful, so much so that even Microsoft often calls it just SharePoint Server 2007. In this book, I refer to these products as MOSS 2007.

The three products at the end of this list all derive from the MOSS 2007 product: MOSS 2007 for Internet Sites is actually MOSS 2007—Enterprise Edition licensed for Internet usage (and not much else). The two search products are really only Microsoft packaging to sell the search aspects (only) of the MOSS 2007 products.

Given the cover of the book—which clearly says Windows SharePoint Services 3.0—you might ask yourself why I am even mentioning the two MOSS 2007 products.

The answer is simple. This book deals mainly with WSS 3.0, but almost all the knowledge you acquire by working through this book is equally valid for you even if you have a MOSS 2007 installation to use.

Knowledge of WSS 3.0 will also enable you to use Office 2003 and Office 2007 better. You’ll see, too, that you get more functionality when using Office 2007 products with WSS 3.0 than with using Office 2003 products with WSS 3.0.

There is added functionality in both these Office product sets that is available only if the users of them have a SharePoint server they can access.

The good news is that the SharePoint server can be one running WSS 3.0, even if sometimes you might get the impression from (especially) Microsoft presentations that the more expensive MOSS 2007 is needed.

This book includes chapters to help you work through and see this additional functionality. Hours 15, 16, and 17 cover both combinations, because not everyone is working with Office 2007.

While teaching you how to use WSS 3.0, this book also gives you at least an idea about what more MOSS 2007 could offer you in certain areas. All the working sections and diagrams are WSS 3.0 only, but there is the occasional mention of relevant MOSS 2007 additions/differences.

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