What's New in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0

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Microsoft 2.0 makes it easier to create sites to share information with others with new types of sites, lists, and libraries. Managing your sites is also much easier with an enhanced security model and tools for monitoring and controlling your sites.

What's new for site users?

The following features are just some of the additions and improvements for users of .

  • Alerts Alerts improve on the subscription notifications in SharePoint Team Services 1.0 from Microsoft. uses alerts to tell you through e-mail about additions, deletions, and changes to lists, list items, libraries, and other parts of sites. You can receive alert results immediately, or request daily, or weekly alert results summaries.

  • Lists Issue lists, calendar views, group-by views, personal views, and rich text expand the possibilities of lists. You can use formulas and functions in lists to create calculated columns and views. Creating a list is even easier from the one-stop Create page.Lists can be set up to require the list owner's approval before new items appear.

  • Document libraries Document libraries now support versions or creating a backup copy of a file whenever you save a file to the library as well as check in and check out, and subfolders. includes viewers for files that enable you to view documents from programs such as Microsoft even if you don't have the program installed.

  • Picture libraries You can store photos and graphics in new picture libraries. View pictures as thumbnails, filmstrips, or in a standard files list.

  • Meeting Workspace sites New Meeting Workspace sites deliver a place for managing meetings and their attendees, agendas, documents, decisions, and action items. Users can contribute to a Meeting Workspace site using a browser. You can create a Meeting Workspace site from an e-mail program compatible with , such as or by using the browser from an events list.

  • Document Workspace sites New Document Workspace sites deliver sites that are centered around one or more documents. You can can easily work together with coworkers on a document either by working directly on the copy located on the Document Workspace site or by working on your own copy, which you can update periodically with changes that are saved to the copy located on the Document Workspace site.You can create a Document Workspace site from a word processing program compatible with . For example, you can create a Document Workspace from Microsoft , , , as a Shared Attachment in , or by using the browser from a document library.

  • Integration with other programs You can open files from, save files to, and upload multiple files to document libraries from productivity programs that are compatible with , such as . You can link events and contacts information between and compatible calendar and contacts programs. Document Workspace sites integrate with -compatible e-mail, spreadsheet, presentation, and word processing programs to enable you to send documents in a Document Workspace site as attachments.-compatible datasheet programs such as enhance SharePoint lists in Datasheet views.

  • Online presence integration User presence is indicated everywhere a member name appears in a site. The presence menu integrates with Microsoft Active Directory directory service, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft Windows Messenger to offer information such as free/busy status, office location, and manager.

What's new for site administrators?

The following are just some of the new and improved features for people who manage a site or sites.

What's new for server administrators?

The following are some of the new and improved features for administrators of servers running .

  • Site collection management Top-level Web sites and subsites can divide site content into distinct and separately manageable sites. These site collections support customized management tools and simplified management from a single list of all sites.Each site in a server farm can be individually backed up and restored. You can set quotas for site storage size and generate automatic notifications for the site owner when a site reaches its size limit. You can use the SharePoint Central Administration pages to manage users on all sites and create cross-site groups that can be used within all sites in a site collection.

  • Server topology You can install and configure to allow your server farm to host several sites with the same Internet Protocol (IP) address, with multiple site names and separate content.You can add multiple servers running Microsoft SQL Server to the server farm to support server clusters. You can load balance your front-end Web servers by using a single back-end SQL Server computer.

  • Site migration You can use the Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool (Smigrate.exe) to move existing Windows SharePoint Services sites to another server. SharePoint Team Services v1.0 sites can be moved to SharePoint sites as well.

  • Extensibility Sites are built on Microsoft ASP.NET technology and are extensible by using the Microsoft .NET Framework.You can use the object model to create custom solutions for . You can use events in document libraries to build custom actions and send documents to a document library by using e-mail.

  • SQL Server integration When using with Microsoft SQL Server, full-text indexing provides site-wide search.To take advantage of SQL Server backup and restore capabilities, SQL Server is used to store all site data including documents.

  • International settings languages supports more languages than .Multiple language sites can be hosted on a single server or server farm running . Site language is independent from server language.