What’s new in SharePoint,


in Sesame Street Markup Language :-)S is for Search with AND, OR, +/-, Siebel and SAP.H is for How Happy I am to Have Master
Pages
to control style. A is for any Authentication with Anything, Accessibility, and Audiences and Column Templates.R is for Report
Center
Sites, Recycle Bin, RSS, Rollups of your docs across sites, Records Management, Relevence and Ranking in Search.E is for Enterprise Content Management and Extensibility and Programmability with ASP.NET 2.0P is for finding People (Knowledge Network), Policies and Auditing and Processes like Workflow. O is for Offline, with Outlook and Groove.I is for Interactive Business Intelligence and InfoPath forms in your browser.N is for Navigation and Networking people via Wikis and Blogs.T is for Telephones, now SharePoint works on Mobile devices.As SharePoint grows, and it has sold 75 million CALS to 10,000 customers, it still have the same problem it always had. No-one seems to be able to grasp what it is! The term "Office Server" says it all to me, but the danger is it will become so fragmented and obscure it will try to do too many small things and forget to do the big things well, which are Search, Online/Offline publishing, Collaboration, and now BI and Workflow. Time will tell!

Regards,

Jerry

SharePoint Products and Technologies Frequently Asked Questions


What is SharePoint Portal Server 2003?

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SharePoint Portal Server 2003 is the scalable portal server that connects people, teams, and knowledge across business processes.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 integrates information from various systems into one secure solution through single sign-on and enterprise application integration capabilities. It provides flexible deployment and management tools, and facilitates end-to-end collaboration through data aggregation, organization, and searching. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 also enables users to quickly find relevant information through customization and personalization of portal content and layout as well as through audience targeting. Audience targeting aims information and updates to individuals based on their organizational role, team membership, interest, security group, or any other membership criteria that can be defined using notifications or Web Parts.

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What is Windows SharePoint Services? Is it part of SharePoint Portal Server 2003?

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Windows SharePoint Services is the engine that allows you to create Web sites for information sharing and document collaboration. A key piece of the information worker infrastructure delivered in Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services provides additional functionality to the Microsoft Office System and other desktop applications, as well as serving as a platform for application development.

SharePoint sites provide communities for team collaboration, enabling users to work together on documents, tasks, and projects. The environment is designed for easy and flexible deployment, administration, and application development. For more information, read the Windows SharePoint Services Integration with Microsoft Office white paper.

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What is the relationship between SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services?

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Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies (including SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services) deliver highly scalable collaboration solutions with flexible deployment and management tools. Windows SharePoint Services provides sites for team collaboration, while SharePoint Portal Server 2003 connects these sites, people, and business processes—facilitating knowledge sharing and smart organizations.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 also extends the capabilities of Windows SharePoint Services by providing organizational and management tools for SharePoint sites, and by enabling teams to publish information to the entire organization. For more information about the relationship between SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services, visit the Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 page.

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Some More Articles on SharePoint


Introduction to SharePoint Products and Technologies – Cont.


If you are new to SharePoint you are required to read some stuff about SharePoint. I have listed Below is a list of articles that will help you get the best information out of SharePoint products and technologies

This series of articles on SharePoint is intended to help you understand the capabilities of the product, as well as provide tips and tricks, development ideas, information from Microsoft, information from the community, and perhaps some samples.

It will include how-to articles that can help you with your deployments; ways to customize a page; deployment scenarios; and content management.

An Introduction to Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server Paul Schaeflein begins his series with a look at the history, features, and applications of Microsoft’s SharePoint portal server.

Getting Started with Windows SharePoint Services Take a look at the basic installation of a SharePoint corporate intranet and some basic customization options.

Building a Searchable Phone Directory with Windows SharePoint Services How to build a searchable telephone directory for your SharePoint intranet, complete with partial name search.

Integrating a Legacy Web Application in SharePoint Learn how to integrate a legacy Web application inside a SharePoint site.

Enabling Users to Maintain SharePoint Content An introduction to managing SharePoint content with the Content Editor Web Part.

Customizing the Quick Launch in a WSS Team Site Paul provides a solution to automate the linking of documents in a Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) document library to the Quick Launch navigation feature.

Using a Custom Web Page Template for Easy Content Entry Paul continues to showcase content entry solutions that help end-users post content to a SharePoint site with minimal technical assistance.

Harnessing Properties in SharePoint Search Robert teaches you how SharePoint uses document library fields to create properties that are searchable and how to enable searching on those properties.

Reading and Writing RSS with SharePoint Takes a look at some easy to install and use solutions for including RSS content in SharePoint sites.

Developing a Custom Web Part, Part 1 Paul walks readers through the process of developing a custom Web Part for Sharepoint.

A Sensible Framework for SharePoint Intranet Navigation Although the fundamental concepts behind a sensible navigation framework are simple, they are not well understood by developers or designers.

Developing a Custom Web Part, Part 2 Continue exploring the process of developing a custom Web Part for Sharepoint.

Developing a Custom Web Part, Part 3 How to save the data entered on the user input form and then how to render the output of the Web Part.

Choosing Between a User Control or Web Part for SharePoint Most people believe that you have to write Web Parts if you want to do work with SharePoint. This is only partially true. But in trying to decide whether to employ user controls or Web Parts, you must first understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

How SharePoint and SOA Fit Together Like peanut butter and jelly, Robert Bogue says the combination of Microsoft SharePoint and Service Oriented Architecture is one that’s bound to stick around because SharePoint puts a face on your infrastructure.

SharePoint Gets Search Analytics The next version of SharePoint Search will include reports that allow you to see the effectiveness of the searches users are executing.

Jerry