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What's New for Developers in Office SharePoint Server 2007

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 builds upon the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 infrastructure to provide a true enterprise portal platform. This article describes the technologies that Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides.

Office SharePoint Server 2007 delivers on the six major enterprise-focused themes for the 2007 Microsoft Office system: Individual Impact, Enterprise Content Lifecycle, Collaboration, Knowledge Discovery and Insight, Information Worker Solutions, and Fundamentals.

The Office SharePoint Server 2007 feature enhancements and new additions provide the components needed to build a fully integrated enterprise portal.

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Office SharePoint Server 2007 introduces new technologies, including the following:

  • Business Data Catalog**   **Enables integration between enterprise portal and line-of-business (LOB) applications.

  • Document Management**   **Provides control, organization, publishing, offline capabilities, draft item security, rights management, and records management.

  • Web Content Management**   **Enables site branding, creation of custom converters, building of multilingual sites, and building of content deployment solutions.

  • Office SharePoint Server 2007 Excel Services**   **Enables interaction with your spreadsheets (view, calculate, create snapshots, extract values) through a Web browser or programmatically through a Web service.

  • InfoPath Forms Services**   **Enables interaction with form templates designed with Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 through a Web browser.

Office SharePoint Server 2007 also brings enhancements to existing technologies, including the following:

  • Search   Provides enhanced capabilities in portal sites, team sites, content management sites, and custom headless search applications.

  • User Profiles and Audience Targeting**  **Provides improvements for property management, imports, privacy and security, and My Page, plus the addition of memberships, shared context, and colleagues quick links.

  • Single Sign-on**   **Provides enhancements to include a pluggable mechanism to allow alternate single sign-on providers.