Microsoft readies SharePoint 2.0 collaboration platform

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Microsoft readies SharePoint 2.0 collaboration platform

Microsoft's upcoming release of its SharePoint Web collaboration platform Version 2.0 will focus on customisation and be part of the Windows .net Server 2003 operating system.

SharePoint Team Services 2.0 - To be built on top of the Microsoft .net Framework programming model and shipping mid-2003 - will first be released as a separate add-on and then be included with the operating system itself. A technical beta release is due this autumn while a broader marketing beta is planned for next winter.

One element, Web parts, allows developers to insert components on Web pages for functions such as showing or listing enterprise data, said Michael Morton, Microsoft lead program manager for SharePoint.

SharePoint 2.0 relies on Microsoft's ASP .net for page extensions. ASP .net is a set of technologies for building Web applications and XML Web Services, according to Microsoft. With ASP .net, pages execute on the server and generate markup such as XML or HTML that is sent to a desktop or mobile browser.

Other highlights of Version 2.0 include an object model for accessing SharePoint information and an XML Soap layer.

Another SharePoint product, SharePoint Portal Server, will remain separate from the operating system.
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