Outlook collaboration using Windows SharePoint Ser

Posted by bink on October 2 2003, 9:35 PM. Posted in Office.

http://www.slipstick.com/emo/2003/up031001.htm#sharepointMicrosoft this week released Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 2.0, a free component for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 that succeeds the earlier SharePoint Team Services (STS). In a sense, WSS is the fulfillment of a long effort to provide a degree of workgroup-level collaboration for Outlook users that doesn't depend on Exchange Server. It's not a perfect solution, by any means, but is worth a look if you're in the market for a new server or a new server operating system (since WSS 2.0 requires Windows 2003).

Most user interaction with SharePoint takes place in the browser. The Outlook integration in this version is for Outlook 2003 only and consists of four features -- shared contacts, shared calendar, meeting workspaces, and document workspaces.

These sites can help you download the new component and find out more about WSS 2.0:

Main page at Microsoft (including download link)http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/sharepoint/ 

WSS FAQhttp://wss.collutions.com/default.aspx 

Windows SharePoint Services Administrator's Guidehttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=a637eff6-8224-4b19-a6a4-3e33fa13d230

Contacts and calendar sharing with SharePoint

The contacts and calendar sharing between Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and Outlook 2003 is one-way: When you click the Link to Outlook button on a SharePoint contacts or events list, Outlook 2003 adds a Personal Folders .pst file named SharePoint Folders to your profile and creates a folder that links to the data on the SharePoint site. A note in the status bar tells you when the data was last updated and when the next update will take place. You can also right-click the folder and choose Refresh to update the folder on demand.

The data in Outlook is read-only. You cannot create new SharePoint contacts or appointments in the Outlook folders, nor can you use Outlook to modify the SharePoint data.