Monday, September 06, 2010

SharePoint History - Product Names

Microsoft has change the product name for SharePoint with every version, leading to some confusion in the industry and business.

Based on my understanding, putting a table for everyone’s reference. I will not delve into pre-2001 history.

VersionAssembly VersionLicensed Product – Better/Higher ProductBase Platform, Product with Limited Features, Free Version
2001xSharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2001SharePoint Team Services (STS)
2003v11SharePoint Portal Sever (SPS) 2003, Microsoft Content Management Server (M CMS) 2002Windows SharePoint Services(WSS) 2.0
2007v12Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007Windows SharePoint Services(WSS) 3.0
2010v14SharePoint Server 2010SharePoint Foundation 2010
2013v15SharePoint Server 2013SharePoint Foundation 2013

* v13 skipped due to 13 being considered unlucky number by many customers.

Portal from SPS 2003 was dropped as it lead people to believe that it can be used
only for Portal development and nothing else.

Office from MOSS 2007 was dropped as it lead some people to believe that it is an Office product like Word and Excel.

Hope Microsoft has got the name right this time with SharePoint Server 2010.
Update: No change in name with the release of SharePoint Server 2013

Cloud: SharePoint can be deployed On Premise or On Cloud.
The Microsoft Cloud versions of SharePoint are called BPOS Standard, BPOS Dedicated, Office 365 / SharePoint Online.