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What is SharePoint?

It is the business collaboration platform for the enterprise and the web, allows individuals in an organization to easily create and manage their own collaborative Web sites, Simplifies how people find and share information across boundaries, and enabling better informed decisions. It seamlessly integrates with Windows and MS Office and It does not refer to a specific product or technology.

SharePoint History


We are waiting for next version SharePoint 2016 this year.

Year 1997

Before SharePoint arrived, there was a product called Site Server that contained features including: web content management and replication, site analytics, personalisation, indexing/search, document management and eCommerce.

Year 2001

Early in 2001, SPS 2001 was released. Having started life as a document management and indexing application, its new focus was on targeting the growing portal market. Whilst its features were basically good, it was saddled with two major problems – the web store and the digital dashboard.

Year 2003

In October 2003, Microsoft released a new version SharePoint. STS was renamed Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), and became part of Windows Server 2003. It provided a collaboration store and a web part user interface built using ASP.NET. SPS v2 was built on top of WSS and named Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS 2003). SPS contained indexing/search, personalisation and enhanced management/taxonomy.

Year 2006

October 2006, Microsoft released a new version SharePoint Portal called MOSS 2007, it will finally include the full set of capabilities first introduced in Site Server 10 years earlier, in a far more grown up and usable format. It will also include quite a few additional features that have merged. i.e. blogs, wikis and RSS, Excel services, Forms server or the new social networking capabilities provided by the Knowledge Network component, or the mash-up features that will enable composite applications, or related products such as Project Server. There is one area that does still contain duplication of features from the original Site Server. SharePoint has its own personalisation store and site analytics.

MOSS 2007 is integrated portal, BI – business intelligence, MCMS – content management and SharePoint 2003.

Fixes many shortcomings of the 2003 product, introduces new features such as Business Data Catalog and InfoPath Form Services

  • Windows SharePoint Services – WSS
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – MOSS

Also Microsoft Introduced SharePoint Online site, that is BPOS – Business productivity Online Standard Suite

Year 2010

Microsoft released a new version SharePoint Portal called SharePoint 2010.

  • SharePoint Foundation
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (Standard/Enterprise)

Huge improvements to form management using InfoPath, workflows, business data sevices, excel services, management metadata, themes, master pages and many other features.

Also Microsoft Introduced a new SharePoint Online portal called Office 365.

Year 2012

October 2012, Microsoft released a new version SharePoint Portal called SharePoint 2013 with lot of new features. This is an big integration portal.

Microsoft offers two primary versions of SharePoint 2013:

  1. SharePoint Foundation 2013. This is the free/unlicensed version of SharePoint. SharePoint Foundation is built upon Windows Server 2008/2012, SQL Server 2008, IIS and .NET 4.5. All you need is a licensed copy of Windows Server 2008 or 2012.
  2. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. This is the licensed version of SharePoint, offering a business collaboration platform for the enterprise. It replaces Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Office 365 SharePoint Online was out at the end of February 2013.

Year 2015

So the next version of SharePoint that we’re shipping in later 2015 will in fact not be the last version of SharePoint server that we ever ship.

Microsoft investing so much in their Cloud products whether that’s Office 365 or Microsoft Azure, many have thought that time had been called for the On-Premises version of SharePoint. Well that time is not in sight – not yet anyway!

In late 2015 we are going to launch another version of SharePoint server to our on-premises audience

refer more on SharePoint 2016

Finding out which edition of share you have

To determine whether you have SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server installed, go to Windows Start -> Control Panel -> Programs -> Programs and Features.

  • If you see ‘Microsoft SharePoint Server…’ in the list, then SharePoint Server has been installed.
  • If you see only ‘Microsoft SharePoint Foundation…’ (and not ‘Microsoft SharePoint Server…’) then you only have SharePoint Foundation  installed.