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What's New with SharePoint Services Hosting
Some key new improvements with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 include:
Improvements to collaboration workspaces.SharePoint sites now offer e-mail and directory integration, alerts, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) publishing, templates for building blogs (also known as weblogs) and wikis (Web sites that can be quickly edited by team members—no special technical knowledge required), event and task tracking, improved usability, enhanced site navigation, and more.
Enhancements to content storage. SharePoint lists and libraries now provide per-item security for better data control and integrity, a recycle bin, and enhanced flexibility for storing more types of content. Row and column capacity has also been increased, as has retrieval speed. Windows SharePoint Services V3 can be easily integrated with smart client tools. In particular, close integration with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 provides offline access to events, contacts, discussions, tasks, and documents.
Easier provisioning of workspaces. Windows SharePoint Services V3 provides more sophisticated and flexible security, as well as greater control over security settings and permissions.
Robust foundation for Web applications. Windows SharePoint Services V3 provides greater flexibility for customization and development of Web-based services and applications built on the Windows SharePoint Services platform.
Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Application Templates are out-of-box custom scenarios for the Windows SharePoint Services platform, tailored to address the needs and requirements of specific business processes or sets of tasks in organizations of any size.
With 40 new application templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, some of the previous scenarios, such as Help Desk, Project Site, Knowledge Base and the Employee/HR templates have been improved to incorporate and highlight new capabilities in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. New scenarios will also be added to address specific customer needs and business requirements.
While Application Templates can be used to solve particular business needs, they can also provide a starting point for partners and developers looking to build deeper Windows SharePoint Services solutions. The new templates will make use of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 capabilities and be compatible with Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to help make customization easier.
What is SharePoint Designer 2007?
Office SharePoint Designer 2007 is independent SharePoint Site Development software that provides you with tools to automate your business processes, build efficient applications on top of the Microsoft SharePoint platform, and tailor your SharePoint site to your needs, all in an IT-managed environment.
You can use Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to create and deploy interactive solutions on the SharePoint platform, without having to write code. Key features include:
Additional Information and SharePoint 2007 Product Highlights
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