Thursday, February 24, 2011

SharePoint: History

Microsoft started working for SharePoint from late 1990's. Before SharePoint, Microsoft released several different products like Site Server, Digital Dashboard etc, and finally by the mid 2000 Microsoft released STS and SPS. this was the first major release in this series.


SPS 2001
SharePoint team services
Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server
Used for collaboration                  
Document management
No enterprise search
Enterprise search
No strict document management

Used for collaboration

The name was only SharePoint but they don’t share any thing between them. They were built on different data storage technologies.

2003 (Microsoft combine these two products)

WSS 2.0
Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003
WSS became the platform product
SPS 2003 was built on the top of WSS
WSS was built on the top of .NET

Framework 1.0

WSS became the platform product

Inconsistencies were in the product because of consolidating two separate products. Like WSS was providing some functionality which SPS 2003 was not providing, however; SPS 2003 was built on the top of WSS 2.0 so it must provide base line functionality provided by WSS 2.0.

WSS 3.0
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
WSS was still the platform product
MOSS 2007 was built on the top of WSS 3.0
WSS was built on the top of .NET
Web content management
Framework 2.0
Enterprise search
User profiles
Document management
BDC (Business Data Catalog)
InfoPath form services
BI (Business Intelligence)

Excel Services

Microsoft renamed the product from SPS to MOSS because new features were added in that release and they were not only related to the portal functionality.
Now it's the 2011 and SharePoint 2010 has been released with lots of changes, enhansments and improvements. I am not gonna talk about it in this post.

Hope you guys like this information.


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