Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services helps teams share and manage information and documents in a Web site. WSS is a versatile technology that organizations and business units of all sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and improve team productivity. With tools for collaboration that help people stay connected across organizational and geographic boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to information they need.
Note: This download of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 includes Service Pack 2 (SP2) in a single complete installation intended for use in new installations. Microsoft recommends you install this newer version of Windows SharePoint Services with SP2 for new installations. Please note that Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with SP1 is the minimum requirement in order to install on Windows Server 2008. You can get a more complete description of SP2, including a list of issues that were fixed, in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article 953338: Description of the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 2.
Built on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows SharePoint Services also provides a foundation platform for building Web-based business applications that can flex and scale easily to meet the changing and growing needs of your business. Robust administrative controls for managing storage and Web infrastructure give IT departments a cost-effective way to implement and manage a high-performance collaboration environment. With a familiar, Web-based interface and close integration with everyday tools including the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Windows SharePoint Server is easy to use and can be deployed rapidly.
Installation over Windows Small Business Server: If you intend to install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a server that is running Windows Small Business Server 2003, please read “Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on a Server Running Windows Small Business Server 2003”. This white paper contains important installation steps and procedures that you must perform to ensure a successful deployment. Caution: If you do not follow the instructions in this white paper, your configuration of Windows Small Business Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 may not function properly or might not be supported.
Search Server 2008 Express: If you’re using Windows SharePoint Services, you can easily add search capabilities to your collaboration environment across SharePoint sites, file shares, web sites, Exchange Public Folders, and third party repositories using Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express. Click here to download.