Monday, August 20, 2007


What is Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS)?

Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2007 (MOSS) represents a large set of components and services built on top of WSS to provide functionality in areas such as portal and search, Web content management, line-of-business system integration, business intelligence, business process management and records management.
MOSS represents the next generation of several pre-existing Microsoft products including SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS) and Content Management Server 2002 (CMS). One aspect of MOSS that will be particularly appealing to developers is how smoothly it has been integrated with the underling layers of ASP.NET 2.0 and WSS 3.0. Extending the out-of-the-box appearance and functionality of MOSS will be far easier than it has been with SPS and CMS. The Portal Features of MOSS include familiar SPS features such as user profiles, audience targeting, personal sites (aka MySites), enterprise-level search and the single sign-on service (SSO) as well as a new innovation called the Business Data Catalog (BDC). The Web Content Management (WCM) features include professional Web publishing functionality and powerful caching mechanisms to optimize response times and system throughput. The business intelligence features include Excel Services and Report Center. Another valuable aspect of MOSS is its introduction of Records Management support to assist companies who have strict policies with respect to security and privacy and who need to meet compliance levels required by government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley.

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