Top 10 MOSS 2007 Features that WSS doesn’t have

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1.  Audience Targeting

Content owners can display content (like libraries, links, web parts or lists) only to people who are members of a particular group or audience.  For example, members of the Accounting department would see content that only the Accounting department would care about, or members of different geographical sites would only get site-specific information, like upcoming events.  Here’s how to set up audience targeting.

2.  Social Networking Web Parts

It’s no Facebook, but MOSS includes Social Networking functionality. The idea of it is cool, but whether or not it would be adopted in your organization would have a lot to do with the business culture.  More about social networking features here.

3.  My Site Personal Sites

A part of the social networking features, My Sites are personal sites that provide a central location to manage and store documents, content, links, and contacts for individual users.  Again, whether or not this feature should be used depends on the business culture.  Do you really want your users to be able to customize a My Site?

4.  Portals (site templates, use of RSS feeds)

In Microsoft’s own words:  “Portal sites connect your people to business-critical information, expertise, and applications. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is a world-class enterprise portal platform that makes it easy to build and maintain portal sites for every aspect of your business.”   More on portal site features here.

5.  Enterprise Search

Search for SharePoint content, Web content, File share content, Exchange folder content, and Business data content.  Great article on SharePoint search capabilities here.

6. Advanced Workflows

Windows SharePoint Services includes workflow capability, but does not include templates.   MOSS includes templates for approval, collect feedback, collect signatures, disposition approval, translation management, and issue tracking.  Custom workflows can also be built using Visual Studio or SharePoint Designer.

7.  Information Rights Management (IRM)

MOSS document management includes Information Rights Management (IRM), which lets you set up rules around how long a document exists and when it should expire.  Additional features of IRM include labels, auditing, and barcodes.  Auditing is pretty handy for keeping track of who opens, edits, checks in/out, moves/copies, or deletes/restores documents.

8.  Records Repository

The Records Repository template for document management provides archiving support, keeping documents as official records.

9.  Business Intelligence (BI) Tools

Connect to your business application and data repositories and monitor key performance indicators. The Enterprise version includes Excel Services and Excel Web Services API’s.

10.  More Templates

MOSS has additional templates including more meeting workspaces, social networking templates, document management templates,  and collaboration and portal templates.

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