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SharePoint 2010 is released and available in 3 Editions.

They are

  1. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  2. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition
  3. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition

Before start implementing Sharepoint, its must to select the right edition for given requirement.
When we recommend SharePoint to customers, they first ask what's the cost? Well, it's based on what for SharePoint is going to be used.

1. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
MSF 2010 is the least feature edition is Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 which is successor of Windows SharePoint services 3.0. It's not actualy least feature! It has features which satisfies all most all requirements for small to medium business units/concerns. The real fruit is MSF 2010 available at free of cost. All it requires is Windows Server 2003 R2 as Operating System. MSF 2010 bundled with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Compact Edition so no need to buy SQL Server seperately just for SharePoint. However if SQL Server license already presents then can use it without any limitations.

MSF 2010 features can't be explained in few paragraphs. It's a big List and require couple of pages. The features which mainly used in Intranet are Tasks, Announcements, Blogs, Discussion Boards, Wikis, Office Web Apps, Silverlight and etc. Here you may ask "What's Office Web Apps?" It's web version of Microsoft Office with most of Office application's funcationalities. Without installing MS Office on client PC, users can view, edit documents/presentatiosn/spreadsheets. Pretty impressive! Isn't it?

Some organizations were using WSS 3.0 for their intranet and now they can move to MSF 2010 and get Business Connectivity Services (successor of BDC/Business Data Catalog) as OOTB(Out If The Box).

2. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition
MSS 2010 Standard Edition is actualy MSF 2010 + Additional Features (ie. MSF 2010 is basement and over it additional features enabled). Even though it is successor of SharePoint 2007, it re-built in more efficient way and it can't be called as Next version of MOSS 2007. Microsoft has been asked to fine tune the existing features effectively than providing new features. Microsoft SharePoint team did that very well.

Now Microsoft re-building the architecture to make use of existing products. This helps users to use same applications rather learn and use new tools. One of such implmentation is Powershell which going to replace stsadm command(stsadm - SharePoint Command Line Admin Tool). It's because Windows Administrators also play role of SharePoint Administrators. stsadmn is new for them to learn and use whereas Powershell is familiar with to manage Windows Servers. Now Administrators can use Powershell to manage SharePoint sites as well. However stsadm command still work in SharePoint 2010.

MSS 2010 Standard Edition has features like Enterprise Wikis, My Content, My Profile, Audience targeting, Search Scopes. Apart from these new features added are Document Sets, Tags, Tag clouds, Rich Media Management and more.

3. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition
MSS 2010 Enterprise Edition is MSS 2010 Standard Edition + Additional Features. It is recommended for large scale organizations who consider Business Intelligence, Enterprise Search as key features of colloboration. MSS 2010 Enterprise Edition has Business Intelligence feature, Excel Services, Enterprise Search, Infopath forms service. New features provided in this edition are Access Services, Visio Services, PerformancePoint Services(for Business Intelligence).

For full list of features in these SharePoint editions please visit http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/Pages/Editions-Comparison.aspx


posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 12:55 PM

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