Features included in Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: June 12, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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This article contains information about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 features and the level at which you can activate them.

Features are modular groups that provide a collection of functionality. Features are available depending on the license type of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 installation, and are activated at various levels of the logical structure of Office SharePoint Server 2007: farm level, Web application, site collection, and site level.

The features shown in the following table are available by default with the Standard license type.

 

Feature

Description

Collaboration

By using the Collaboration feature in Office SharePoint Server 2007, you can work more efficiently and effectively with other people in your organization. For example, you can:

  • Use site templates to collaborate or manage meetings

  • Share documents, contacts, tasks, and calendars

  • Brainstorm easily with wiki sites

  • Share ideas with blogs

  • Receive updates to lists and libraries with RSS

  • Manage projects

  • Access content on mobile

  • Manage documents and some types of lists offline

Enterprise Content Management

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides the foundation for document management tasks, such as versioning, auditing, and workflow. Office SharePoint Server 2007 extends these capabilities to deliver enhanced document authoring, business document processing, Web content management and publishing, records management, policy management, and support for multilingual publishing.

In Office SharePoint Server 2007, content management is divided into three categories: Document management, Records management, and Web content management.

Workflow

Business processes, which depend on the flow of information or documents, require the active participation of information workers to complete tasks that contribute to their workgroup's decisions or deliverables. In Office SharePoint Server 2007, workflows implement and manage these types of business processes.

My Sites

In Office SharePoint Server 2007, My Sites are special sites that are personalized for each user. My Sites are enabled by default, and every user in an organization has a unique My Site.

A My Site is composed of the following types of My Site pages:

  • Public profile page

  • Personal site

  • Personalization site

These My Site pages have their own template.

Profiles and personalization

The personalization service in Office SharePoint Server 2007 uses information stored in directory services about users in your organization. You can supplement this information with data about users from line-of-business applications. You can display personalization information in user profiles and use the properties in user profiles to target content.

User profiles are significantly enhanced with the following updated features: Profile Store, Profile Synchronization, and Profile Directory Import.

User profile information is used by different services, such as Notification Service to target alerts, Social Networking to deduce common interests and other properties, and Memberships Web Part to display distribution list and group membership information.

Enterprise search

The enhanced search component provides a consistent and familiar search experience, increased relevance of search results, and improved manageability and extensibility.

The following table identifies the scope and logical structure levels of Office SharePoint Server 2007 at which the standard features can be activated.

 

Feature

Farm level

Web level

Site level

Collaboration

Yes

Enterprise Content Management

Yes

Workflow

Yes

Yes

Yes

My Sites

Yes

Yes

Yes

Profiles and personalization

Yes

Enterprise search

Yes

Yes

Yes

You can use the features available with the Enterprise license type in any Web application, site collection, and site in a server farm. The features are available at the farm level and throughout the logical structure.

In addition to the features available with the Standard license type, the features shown in the following table are available with the Enterprise license type.

 

Feature

Description

Business Data Catalog

The Business Data Catalog (BDC) tightly integrates external data into the Office SharePoint Server 2007 user experience, providing access to external data residing within back-end line-of-business applications, and enabling the display of and interaction with external data through a set of Business Data Web Parts.

Excel Services

Excel Services enables you to store an Excel workbook on a server and then publish any part of that workbook on a Web page. Users need only a browser to view and interact with the live data. The workbook is published on the Web page by using the Excel Web Access Web Part. An advantage of publishing workbooks in a Web Part is that all the calculation occurs on the server.

Report Center

The Report Center site provides a central location for storing reports that are common to a group, whether the group is a small team or a large organization. Special document libraries on the Report Center site store reports, lists, and connections to external data sources. The site also provides access to page templates and Web Parts to help you create pages and lists that contain business information. Within the Report Center site, users can search for items by using categories, view a calendar of upcoming reports, and subscribe to the relevant reports.

InfoPath Forms Services

InfoPath Forms Services lets you deploy your organization's forms to Office SharePoint Server 2007 and enables users to fill out these forms by using a Web browser.

To enable Enterprise features, see Enable Enterprise features and features on existing sites (Office SharePoint Server). You can turn some enterprise features on and off. The granularity of control of enterprise features varies by feature. The following table shows which features can be turned on or off at what level.

 

Feature

Farm level

Web application level

Site collection level1

Site level

Business Data Catalog

Yes

Excel Services

Yes3

Yes

Report Center

Yes

InfoPath Forms Services

Yes3

Yes

Form libraries

Data connection libraries

Yes

Yes2

1  "Site collection level" here means site column, site content type, and Web Parts gallery that are available only for that site collection.

2  Can be deactivated for an individual site.

3  Represents the feature that allows documents to open in a Web browser.

These features are scoped at the farm level and are available throughout the logical structure, such as Web application and site level.

To view the available farm-level features, on the SharePoint Central Administration Web site, click Operations. On the Operations page, in the Global Configuration section, click Manage Farm Features. A list of farm-level features appears, as shown in the following table.

 

Feature

Description

Data Connection Library

A data connection library in Office SharePoint Server 2007 is a library that can contain two different types of data connections: an Office data connection (ODC) file or a universal data connection (UDC) file.

Uploading data connection files to a data connection library allows InfoPath form templates to use the data sources described by these files to retrieve and submit information.

Excel Services farm features

The Excel Services farm has features that you can add to the Windows SharePoint Services framework. Excel Services lets you to store an Excel workbook on a server. You can also publish any part of the Excel workbook on a Web page.

Global Web Parts

The Global Web Parts feature installs additional Web Parts that are common to all kinds of sites.

Spell Checking

The spell checking feature lets you check spellings in Windows SharePoint Services list-item edit forms.

The following table provides a comparison about the farm-level features present in Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

 

Feature

Office SharePoint Server 2007

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Data Connection Library

Active (by default)

Feature is not available

Excel Services farm features

Active (by default)

Feature is not available

Global Web Parts

Active (by default)

Feature is not available

Spell Checking

Active (by default)

Feature is not available

These features are scoped at the site level and are available only on a site on which the feature is enabled. The features shown in the following table are available in Office SharePoint Server 2007 at the site level.

 

Feature

Description

Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Site features

Office SharePoint Server Enterprise License contains features such as the business data catalog, forms services, and Excel Services.

Office SharePoint Server Publishing

With the Office SharePoint Server Publishing feature, you can create a Web page library and support libraries to create and publish pages based on page layouts.

Office SharePoint Server Standard Site features

Office SharePoint Server Standard License contains features such as search and user profiles.

Team Collaboration Lists

Team Collaboration Lists makes standard lists available, such as document libraries and issues to provide team collaboration capabilities for a site.

Translation Management Library

Translation management libraries include a workflow to manage the translation process and provide subfolders, check-in and check-out capabilities, and file versioning.

To create documents in multiple languages and manage translation tasks, you can create a translation management library.

The following table lists the default status of the site level features for Office SharePoint Server 2007 in a stand-alone or farm server environment.

 

Templates

Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Site features

Office SharePoint Server Publishing

Office SharePoint Server Standard Site features

Team Collaboration Lists

Translation Management Library

Collaboration

Status

Status

Status

Status

Status

Team Site

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Active

Blank Site

Inactive

Inactive

Inactive

Active

Active

Document Workspace

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Wiki Site

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Blog

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Meeting

Status

Status

Status

Status

Status

Basic Meeting Workspace

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Blank Meeting Workspace

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Decision Meeting Workspace

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Social Meeting Workspace

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Multipage Meeting Workspace

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Enterprise

Status

Status

Status

Status

Status

Document Center

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Active

Record Center

Active

Inactive

Active

Active

Inactive

Site Directory

Active

Active

Active

Active

Inactive

Report Center

Active

Active

Active

Active

Inactive

Search Center with Tabs

Active

Active

Active

Active

Inactive

My Site Host

Inactive

Inactive

Inactive

Active

Inactive

Search Center

Inactive

Inactive

Inactive

Active

Inactive

Publishing

Status

Status

Status

Status

Status

Publishing Portal

Inactive

Active

Inactive

Inactive

Inactive

Collaboration Portal

Active

Active

Active

Active

Active

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