Microsoft® SharePoint 2007 Technologies
Kevin Laahs, Emer McKenna, Veli-Matti Vanamo
Introducing the 2007 Microsoft Office System And so to our third book that has the word “SharePoint” in its title. Our first dealt solely with the product called Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2001 (SPS 2001). In the introduction to the second book, we explained how we were not going to be discussing merely Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS 2003) but also the wider focus of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies—the umbrella name for those offerings from Microsoft that facilitate collaboration. That book essentially focused on two products—Windows SharePoint Services (WSS 2.0) and SPS 2003, with WSS V2.0 being the foundation upon which SPS 2003 was built. So where are we now? You will still hear the phrase “Microsoft Share- Point Products and Technologies,” and there are still multiple products that fit under this name, but more and more the industry just refers to the whole gamut as “SharePoint,” clarifying individual products as and when required. This book, however, will primarily focus on Windows SharePoint Services V3.0, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and complementary offerings such as SharePoint Designer 2007. I guess you’d think that this time we are merely talking about an update to the products we covered in our second book? But take a closer look at the product names…notice anything missing? Hopefully you’ve noted that the word “Portal” no longer appears! Why not? The focus of SharePoint has expanded significantly in the interim years to meet the many different ways in which people communicate and collaborate, and much more than a portal is required to meet ever-changing business requirements. Today, SharePoint targets much more than just collaboration between groups of people. Rather, SharePoint targets connecting people, process, and information across organizational boundaries—a theme that not only permeates the 2007 Microsoft Office System but other Wave 12 products, such as Exchange Server 2007 and the recently released Office Communications Server 2007. The term “Wave 12” was used during development of these products, as their internal development version was 12 and they were all due to hit the market around the same time.