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History of WSS and Sharepoint.

The first version, called SharePoint Team Services (usually abbreviated to STS), was released at the same time as Office XP and was available as part of Microsoft FrontPage. STS could run on Windows 2000 Server or Windows XP.
Windows SharePoint Services 2.0(freeware software) was marketed as an upgrade to SharePoint Team Services, but was in fact a completely redesigned application. SharePoint Team Services stored documents in ordinary file storage, keeping document metadata in a database. Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 on the other hand, stores both the document and the metadata in a database, and supports basic document versioning for items in Document Libraries. Service Pack 2 for WSS added support for SQL Server 2005 and the use of the .NET Framework 2.0.

What is WSS(Windows Sharepoint Services)?

WSS - Windows Sharepoint Services.
Versions - SharePoint Team Services 1.0,WSS 2.0, WSS 3.0
It is a freeware software or technology released by microsoft to build the collaboration site which runs in Microsoft Server 2003.

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services helps users work together. SharePoint sites provide a central repository for documents, information, and ideas, and allow users to work interactively.

What is WSS 3.0?

Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is a versatile technology that organizations and business units of all sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. With tools for collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to information they need.

Built on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services also provides a foundation platform for building Web-based business applications that can flex and scale easily to meet the changing and growing needs of your business. Robust administrative controls for managing storage and Web infrastructure give IT departments a cost-effective way to implement and manage a high-performance collaboration environment. With a familiar, Web-based interface and close integration with everyday tools including the Microsoft Office system, Windows SharePoint Services is easy to use and can be deployed rapidly.

What is MOSS(Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2007)?

MOSS is built upon Windows sharepoint services 3.0 which gives extensive features and capabilities .With Moss we can use MSOffice 2007 widely in our sharepoint webpage environment.
❑ Search
❑ Document and content management
❑ Workflow integration


WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 are both powerful collaboration tools made available by Microsoft. Built on the .net platform, many businesses today rely heavily on either one or both products to communicate, collaborate, and share critical business information to contribute information and make decisions based on the most up to date information.   The most basic difference between the two solutions is the upfront investment. In short, WSS is free to most companies whereas MOSS requires a minimum of software purchases and sometimes requires a hardware purchase.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) ships bundled with the purchase of Windows Server 2003 or Microsoft Small Business Server 2003. This allows organizations to quickly implement WSS and setup an internal company web. The creation of sites and spaces is easy and once the underlying foundation is set up, requires little if no assistance from an organization’s IT team.   Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) takes the collaborative foundation of WSS to another level. With an additional software investment, MOSS 2007 allows organizations to take the foundation laid by WSS v3.0 and expand on it. Additional features sit on top of WSS, use the core WSS framework, and extend it in such a way that is beneficial to larger companies, enterprise deployments, and portal scenarios. Below is a short list of key differentiating features and functions inherent to MOSS 2007.
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