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SharePoint "V3.0" Features

Updated: For a comprehensive list of new features, along with links to the original source, check out my new article about WSS v3.0 features. Thanks, Gene, for compiling this exhaustive list!

Last updated: 7:06PM CDT, September 18, 2005.

I think that Robert Scoble really dropped the ball during the video interview (referenced in that link) by making the SharePoint guys focus on how SharePoint can do blogs and wikis (maybe that's all his audience cares about, in which case, he was spot on during his interview), but here's a list of new features you SharePoint fans can look forward to.

UI / UX

  • Built-in breadcrumb trails, Quicklaunch on every page, Tree-view navigation of sites built-in
  • Pages will derive from “master pages“, meaning that you could re-skin an entire SharePoint site by modifying just one template file
  • More professional out of the box themes
  • FrontPage can directly edit each site's CSS file(s)
  • Workflow built-in all over SharePoint, with tight integration with Outlook 12 tasks, FrontPage-based workflow creation, some browser-based workflow creation
  • Individual documents can have document-specific workflows
  • Item-level security on lists and libraries
  • FrontPage has evolved further into a SharePoint designer tool (I read that as: the only SharePoint designer tool), and apparently, ghosted/unghosted pages won't be a problem any longer
  • Recycle bin with user and administrator restore features for document libraries and list items
  • InfoPath forms can be filled out with only a browser when published as (to?) a SharePoint site (even with FireFox)
  • Customizable and extensible search (and search API), including “did you mean“-type search term corrections (Update: It appears this is an SPS vNext feature)
  • Lists can be viewed on mobile devices
  • The UI is “security sensitive“, meaning that you won't see the button to add an item unless you have the rights to add an item
  • Lists support multi-value lookups
  • Gantt charts for “Project Tasks“ list type
  • Alerts are considerably more powerful, support more filters/RSS integration
  • AJAX (Atlas) used generously throughout UI for a better cross-browser experience
  • “Welcome menu“ for users (login/logout/change user/edit profile/etc links in one place)
  • Apparently, unghosted pages will be cached better, and will remain attached to their “Master Page“, negating much of the performance/caching problem there is today (that didn't seem all that earth shattering, actually)
  • Document policies (retention period, archiving rules, audit logs)
  • Folders supported in any list (not sure why that was even on their radar)
  • Version history can be configured to keep last n records
  • Sites' UI can be localized without deploying a new site (multilingual UI)

Integration

  • All lists and libraries have RSS feeds, and each list's feed can be customized to include whatever fields you'd like
  • Event list RSS feeds include iCal files as enclosures
  • Each site has a master “aggregating“ RSS feed
  • Outlook 12 can perform 2-way online/offline syncronization of the following list types:
    • Contacts
    • Events
    • Tasks
    • Discussion Lists
    • Document Libraries (!)
  • Discussion lists can create their own e-mail alias in Active Directory, allowing you to e-mail that alias to automatically archive that e-mail (and its attachments) to a SharePoint discussion list
  • ALL lists and libraries have version history capability, and only “diffs“ are stored (differences from one change to the next)
  • Access treats SharePoint sites as honest-to-goodness data sources

Developer and Administrator-oriented news

  • Existing web parts will “just work“ in the new SharePoint web part page framework
  • Site definitions/templates will ship in the box for blogs and wikis (blogs can be built directly on your “My Site“!)
  • All lists and libraries will have synchronous event handlers (not sure how these work with other interfaces to SharePoint data, like OM, WEBDAV, SOAP, etc., if the event handler has to raise an exception)
  • List/library version history is exposed programmatically by way of the OM
  • Multiple “content types” (sets of metadata, or “metadata templates“, if you will) for document libraries and lists, that include view information, workflows, bound events.
  • FrontPage can edit workflows
  • Business Data Catalog (datasource catalog on steroids, apparently) -- What's new is that you can use members of this catalog as fields in lists; in other words, a list can have a lookup that's bound to a SQL Server table, a web service, or any other source that exists in the Business Data Catalog 
  • XML Schema Documents (XSDs) will be made available for many of the CAML-based ghosted template/config files
  • The “STSFLTR“ ISAPI filter is gone, SharePoint sites are “native“ ASP.NET 2.0 sites.
  • You'll still need to use the SmartPart (or something of its ilk) to use ASP.NET 2.0 web parts on your SharePoint sites
  • Form templates are better defined in XML (they're there now, just without any real easy way to modify them)
  • Less XML-based configuration, more UI-based “features“ that can be turned on/off or modified to webs, sites, IIS virtual servers or entire server farms with one click
  • SPTimer is given a boost, allowing you to write your own plugins that get executed at their own defined schedules/criteria/etc
  • UI toolbars/menus/etc can easily be modified, with those modifications also “security sensitive“
  • SPDataSource class, SharePoint sites exposed using IDataSource (sweet)
  • SPGridView, a SharePoint-look-alike DataGrid (with sort/filter/group/etc baked right in)
  • SPDataQuery class, which uses CAML (set as a property, why not a param to a method?) does cross-site searches, easily binds to SPGridViews or other ASP.NET databound controls
  • SharePoint Web Parts' base class is a Web Control (still no designer, though; you'll need to use SmartPart for that)
  • v2.0 -> v3.0 is considered an “upgrade“, not a “migration“
  • Security providers supported, no more AD authentication requirements (forms-based security, anyone?)
  • “Feature Definitions“ (which sounds an awful lot like existing definition configuration types, but expanded a bit) allow you to enable/disable kits of functionality, i.e. a “Feature Definition“ that contains lists, web parts, event handlers, content types (those metadata “templates“ mentioned in another part of this post)
  • Custom column indexes in lists
  • Trusted event handlers can easily impersonate identities
  • Policies can be set for content expiration based on values/metadata/workflow status for documents, and content can be moved to recycle bin (or, one would assume, deleted or archived) based on the selected metric

Hope you folks find some of that interesting.  No specific news on SPS yet; WSS is the platform upon which SPS is built, so that makes sense.  SPS might not be what you think it's going to be...

Oh, and is it just me, or does Expression “Quartz Web Designer” look an awful lot like, say, FrontPage?

Sources: Fitz' blog, Angus Logan's blogBill Simser's blog, Life in the Trenches, JOPX, Nick Porter's blog, Robert Scobles' blog and other sources e-mailing / IM-ing me directly.

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:33 PM by dustin
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dustin said:

By Dean's Blog
UI / UX

WSS will have an entirely new user interface that includes better navigation...
September 14, 2005 4:41 PM
 

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Hmmmm.... looks very familiar. I do believe it has a slight resemblence to FP ;)
September 14, 2005 7:47 PM
 

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Especially when you hover over the Expression Web Designer product box and it says "Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 Box" ...
September 14, 2005 8:15 PM
 

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PB: I didn't even notice that. That's HI-LARIOUS!
September 14, 2005 8:19 PM
 

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Any word on the WSS/SPS break-points on any of the new features?
September 15, 2005 6:44 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 8:31 AM
 

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SPS hasn't been discussed routinely, and remember that WSS is the platform upon which SPS is built...
September 15, 2005 8:31 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 9:02 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 9:52 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 9:53 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 9:59 AM
 

said:

Could there have been a fork in the product line?
Remember they already said that "FrontPage" is more of a SharePoint editor now.
September 15, 2005 10:31 AM
 

dustin said:

Blog #100400506 to post this im sure but take a look at some of the great new features coming down the pipe! View them here...
September 15, 2005 10:34 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 11:28 AM
 

dustin said:

September 15, 2005 11:30 AM
 

said:

when will v.30 come out?
September 15, 2005 3:29 PM
 

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Last half of 2006
September 15, 2005 3:33 PM
 

said:

This being the PDC, I know most of the announcements have been oriented towards the D's, but has there been any discussion about whether SharePoint v3 architecture will have significant improvements to support high availability, or whether it will enable a more elegant development/staging/release process for existing sites/portals?

Great info here, guys! Thanks for posting!
September 15, 2005 4:32 PM
 

said:

Given that the way the data is being stored isn't changing that much from current methods (from what I can tell), I don't think the "staging" story is going to get much better. Hard to say without seeing it, though, and I'm not at PDC. ;)
September 15, 2005 4:36 PM
 

dustin said:

September 16, 2005 2:38 AM
 

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Do you know what changes have been made to the Meeting Workspace and its integration with Outlook and Event Calendars?
September 16, 2005 6:08 PM
 

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No, David, I haven't heard anything specific, though with Outlook supporting 2-way sync, I suspect that the current experience will be better/easier (make events on a SharePoint site using Outlook and a linked calendar, create workspace, etc.).
September 16, 2005 7:57 PM
 

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Will the object model be purely managed code? The v2.0 object model for WSS is just a wrapper around COM.
September 17, 2005 10:00 PM
 

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A wrapper around COM? What gave you that idea? While there is a good amount of unmanaged code in SharePoint (owssvr.dll comes immediately to mind as a holdover from previous versions), I'm not sure where the idea that it's all unmanaged comes from...
September 18, 2005 11:05 AM
 

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Seen this one?
Document expiration: http://spaces.msn.com/members/nickporter/Blog/cns!1p9xP44krkAbpdib2DZRYu-Q!173.entry
September 18, 2005 2:07 PM
 

dustin said:

   I just changed the title and subtitle of my blog to better reflect the topics that I'll...
September 19, 2005 2:29 AM
 

dustin said:

<P>Check out the link below to find out more about new features in WSS 3.0. A lot of my annoyances ...
September 19, 2005 8:49 AM
 

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Can you tell me about the content management features included in SharePoint?
September 20, 2005 10:10 AM
 

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I didn't follow the CMS info, personally, though I know that some of the bloggers referenced in this story did!
September 20, 2005 2:02 PM
 

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Are they going to allow for Web Part Page templates that allow for the adding of web parts to the template?
September 20, 2005 4:15 PM
 

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Dunno...
September 20, 2005 4:36 PM
 

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Oh Boy Oh Boy - I just can't wait - All projects on hold (by the way - I am being serious here) because there is just a ton of stuff we need here.
September 23, 2005 12:48 PM
 

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I know that folders are supported in every type of list in SharePoint v3, but does anybody know if these folders can also be set security? I already like the item level support but folder level security would be quite nice as well....
September 23, 2005 2:23 PM
 

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My impression that the V 2.0 object model is mostly a wrapper around the COM stuff used in Team Services is based on my experience with it. When I first started programming against it to do things like create lists, document library, folders, assign properties, etc I would get COM exceptions when I was doing it wrong. I also used Reflector to take a look at what was going on, mainly because exceptins occurring from COM wrappers are typcially useless.

I was sort of suprised by this since most of this is just accessing a SQL database. I figured it was a matter of timelines, they just wrapped the Team Services stuff to get it done.

So, I was hoping they did a better job in 3.0.
September 23, 2005 10:22 PM
 

dustin said:

Some interesting things reputed to be included in the next version of Windows Sharepoint Services......
September 24, 2005 8:08 AM
 

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Robert: As I mentioned, there is a good chunk of unmanaged code left over from STS, but WSS is certainly not just a "wrapper" around STS's unmanaged code.
September 24, 2005 8:58 AM
 

dustin said:

September 26, 2005 1:06 AM
 

dustin said:

September 26, 2005 1:06 AM
 

dustin said:

I've been a little quiet on all that has been going on in the world with respect to SharePoint v3 or vNext. That doesn't mean I have been sucking back all the information. Luckily there have been others more on...
September 28, 2005 5:36 PM
 

dustin said:

September 29, 2005 5:41 AM
 

dustin said:

September 29, 2005 5:43 AM
 

dustin said:

Ecco una lista utile di link a blog e gruppi di lavoro che stanno raccogliendo del materiel utile sulla...
September 30, 2005 5:33 PM
 

dustin said:

All About SharePoint v3 / vNext
from Amanda Murphy's XBOX 360 and SharePoint blog
Channel 9 VideosPJ...
October 2, 2005 6:44 PM
 

dustin said:

October 2, 2005 10:00 PM
 

said:

Can I use this product for sharing movies and music?
October 16, 2005 4:12 PM
 

dustin said:

October 19, 2005 4:06 AM
 

dustin said:

October 19, 2005 4:12 AM
 

dustin said:

October 26, 2005 3:58 AM
 

said:

Hi,

I've got a question. I do a project for school to see if SharePoint is a good possibility to be a guide through big projects. One question came up when I was busy doing the research:

Is it possible to have a file fysically on one spot, but make some kind of shortcuts to a specific file? The point is: We want to have a file on more than one spot and if one is edited, the rest should be edited too.

I hope you can give me the answer. I'd also like to know if this is already possible in version 2 or not


Thanx...
November 2, 2005 9:36 AM
 

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Well: You could just add a link to that file to a SharePoint "links" list. :)
November 2, 2005 8:30 PM
 

dustin said:

November 6, 2005 8:12 PM
 

said:

Nice work - great list.
November 27, 2005 11:11 PM
 

said:

Full support for 64 bit?
December 5, 2005 5:14 AM
 

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v2.0 -> v3.0 is considered an “upgrade“, not a “migration“

Difference between Migration and upgrade ?? anyone ?
January 23, 2006 4:18 AM
 

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Leon (sorry for late response): I don't know. :)

Nanda: Migration = potential loss (sometimes significant) of graphical and schema customizations, some data may be changed/amended during upgrade. Upgrade = Much less potential for customization loss, data should not be changed/amended at all.
January 23, 2006 9:24 AM
 

said:

When is Version3 due out?
February 14, 2006 1:43 PM
 

said:

does anyone know if there will be a public beta of the new WSS? I know it's not scheduled for final release until later this year but I was hoping to look at it before then.
February 17, 2006 3:36 AM
 

dustin said:

February 18, 2006 9:43 AM
 

dustin said:

February 18, 2006 4:02 PM
 

said:

Nice summary, thnaks...
February 25, 2006 4:59 PM
 

dustin said:



Summary
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) is a member of Microsoft Office suite and provides...
March 31, 2006 2:58 AM
 

dustin said:

April 12, 2006 6:37 PM
 

said:

Does anyone know whether the accessibility (W3C/WAI Double-A etc) of this product will be improved? All other features sound ideal.
April 18, 2006 8:23 AM
 

said:

When is Version3 due out?
Plz answer
May 10, 2006 11:44 AM
 

Adam said:

How to change the static url in data view web parts to relative url's
Please respond ASAP
September 26, 2006 3:48 AM
 

WSS v3 « my notepad said:

October 10, 2006 10:54 PM
 

Web Strategy by Jeremiah » Which big Software Company will buy a Blogging Platform? said:

November 27, 2006 7:53 AM

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