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Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2007 Bible by Simeon Cathey, Wayne Tynes, Wynne Leon

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Choosing between MOSS and WSS

Windows SharePoint Services 2007 (WSS 2007) is a collection of services for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that can be used to share information, collaborate with other users via document libraries, blogs, wikis, and discussions, as well as provide the ability to create lists and Web part pages. In addition to off-the-shelf functionality, WSS 2007 is used as a development platform for creating collaboration and information-sharing applications. WSS is very popular and often virulently adopted at the department level in organizations because it is included at no additional charge with the purchase of Windows Server 2003 user licenses.

Comparing MOSS and WSS

MOSS 2007 is built on top of WSS 2007 and therefore all WSS features are available in a MOSS deployment. Table 1.2 compares the two products from a feature perspective.

Table 1.2. MOSS 2007 and WSS 2007 Feature Matrix
FeatureWindows SharePoint Services 2007Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
PORTAL  
Social networking X
Sites and documents roll-up Web part X
Colleagues and memberships Web parts X
Web partsXX
Web part pagesXX
Enterprise search X
Content targeting X
Site directory X
Automatic categorization X
News X
Shared services X
Business intelligence X
Single sign-on X
Site and list templatesXX
Infopath server X
Excel server X
Collaboration  
Personal sites X
Team sitesXX
WikisXX
BlogsXX
AlertsXX
Configurable alerts to users and groupsXX
Discussion boardsXX
ListsXX
SurveysXX
Workflow X
Content review and approvalXX
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