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SharePoint SP1 Released

Redmond officials released a major update to Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, the company's file serving and collaboration software suite, Thursday. The Service Pack 1 (SP1) releases of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (SPS) are available separately.

In addition to improved stability and security, WSS SP1 includes support for larger files, allowing users to save and share documents as large as 2 gigabytes. In addition, WSS SP1 eases the patching process by enabling users to apply patches and hot fixes, themselves.

SPS users will need to apply the WSS SP1 to download and apply the SPS SP1, which features improved search functionality in a number of areas, including crawling reliability, keyword or best-bet search results, alert conditions and more robust XML filtering. SPS SP1 also includes Content Watson functionality, which generates a bug report in the event of an error and sends it to Microsoft's development team.

Microsoft split its collaboration software into the WSS and SPS components to provide two distinct levels of support for collaboration projects in the enterprise.

WSS is tied with Windows Server 2003 to create a virtual workspace to share documents, have online discussions, conduct polls and exchange Web pages and calendar items within a domain or network of Server users.

SPS goes a step further, as it is a standalone application that acts as a portal to aggregate the different SharePoint domains on one site. SPS also lets administrators set up permanent portals and disseminate content based on a person's role within the organization.

The service packs come nearly a year after the initial launch of WSS in October 2003 following a re-branding effort earlier in the year.

Officials warn SharePoint users who deploy both SharePoint technologies to install SP1 for WSS first before updating SPS.

SharePoint users can download the 4MB WSS update here and SPS' 11MB update here.