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Windows SharePoint Services Coming to Windows Server 2003

Microsoft will make collaboration services available for Windows Server 2003 customers sometime this year after the April ship of the base operating system.

Called Windows SharePoint Services, the technology is the next generation of the SharePoint Team Services that Microsoft introduced a few years ago.

Microsoft defines Windows SharePoint Services as a Web-based team collaboration environment that represents an evolution of Windows NT's traditional file-serving role.

"In today's world, basic file sharing isn't enough. Windows SharePoint Services is the next-generation platform for file sharing and team collaboration," said Bill Veghte, vice president of the Windows Server Group at Microsoft, in a statement.

When the service is enabled on a server, any user with a Web browser and access rights should be able to create and access virtual workspaces for managing documents, discussions and lists. In the workspaces, team members can also check other team members' status and presence.

The services will provide a platform for enhancements coming in the next version of SharePoint Portal Server, Office 11 and Office 11 family products including InfoPath, OneNote and FrontPage.

As an add-on service to be delivered sometime after Windows Server 2003 ships, Windows SharePoint Services joins real-time communications services, or Greenwich, and Rights Management Services, which was announced last week.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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