What Is Microsoft Office SharePoint Server?
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improve organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight.
You can quickly create SharePoint sites that support specific content publishing, content management, records management, or Business Intelligence needs. You can also conduct effective searches for people, documents, and data; participate in forms-driven business processes; and access and analyze large amounts of business data.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Capabilities
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides a single, integrated location where employees can efficiently collaborate with team members, find organizational resources, search for experts and corporate information, manage content and workflow, and leverage business insight to make better-informed decisions.
Allow teams to work together effectively, collaborate on and publish documents, maintain task lists, implement workflows, and share information through the use of wikis and blogs.
Create a personal MySite portal to share information with others and personalize the user experience and content of an enterprise Web site based on the user's profile.
Quickly and easily find people, expertise, and content in business applications.
Business Process and Forms
Create workflows and electronic forms to automate and streamline your business processes.
Allow information workers to easily access critical business information, analyze and view data, and publish reports to make better-informed decisions.
Integration with 2007 Microsoft Office System
Office SharePoint Server 2007 is designed to work effectively with other programs, servers, and technologies in Microsoft Office 2007. For example, with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can create a slide library on an Office SharePoint Server 2007 site that allows other users to choose specific slides for their own presentations and receive notifications and updated versions when the slides have been modified. Click here for more examples of how specific Office 2007 programs work with Office SharePoint Server 2007.
How Are Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Related?
If you've heard about Windows SharePoint Services, you may wonder how it relates to Office SharePoint Server 2007. Windows SharePoint Services is an enabling technology that is included in Microsoft Windows Server 2003. It helps teams stay connected and productive by providing easy access to the people, documents, and information that they need to make well-informed decisions and get work done. Office SharePoint Server 2007 relies on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 technology to provide a consistent, familiar framework for lists and libraries, site administration, and site customization. Any features that are available in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are also available in Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Office SharePoint Server 2007 also offers enhanced and additional features that are not available on a Windows SharePoint Services site. For example, both Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services include site templates for collaborating with colleagues and setting up meetings. However, Office SharePoint Server 2007 includes additional site templates that are related to enterprise and publishing scenarios.
The following table shows an overview of capabilities that are available in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard edition, and Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise edition. For a complete breakdown of the features of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, please download the product comparison chart (168 KB .xls worksheet). Visit the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 TechNet site for more information about this versatile technology.