What is SharePoint?
SharePoint is a collaboration program designed to bring together different participants to share common items. It is a browser based application that can bring together process management modules, search modules and a document-management platform. There are three software elements of SharePoint: Windows Sharepoint Server (WSS), Microsoft Office Sharepoint Services (MOSS), and SharePoint Designer. SharePoint can only be created in a Microsoft Server 2003 or Server 2008 environment.
Windows SharePoint Services (WSS)
This is a free add-on to Microsoft's two Windows Server platforms (2003 and 2008) providing a thoroughly functional web portal. Among its features are the following items: blogs and wikis, discussion boards, alerts (like e-mail), shared calendars and contact lists, collaboration tools, and a content management system.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS)
Office SharePoint Server 2007 supports various Internet operations like extranet, and Web applications for a businesses using one platform, instead of relying on different fragmented systems.
Office SharePoint Designer 2007 provides an automation tool to identify business processes and build applications like reporting and tracking services, with all of this in an IT-managed environment. The Designer offers customization of the SharePoint site to comply with the business requirements.