Windows Server 2008 to ship without WSS

31 באוקטובר 2007

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Hot from the press: The Windows Server team has decided to decouple its Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) collaboration/document workflow subsystem from Windows Server 2008. While previous Beta and RC versions actually contained WSS as part of the installation – this won't be the case for the final version of Windows Server 2008 which is slated to RTM in the first quarter of 2008. That surprising announcement came in Julius Sinkevicius' blog (the Windows Server Senior Product Manager) in October 29:

"This is how Windows SharePoint Services was available to Windows Server 2003 customers (pre-R2). With the beta and RC0 versions of Windows Server 2008, we offered it in the Windows Server 2008 software. Starting with RC1 and going forward, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 will have to be downloaded separately."

This is a major decision since the WSS platform was bundled in Windows Server or Office System since 2001. Of course it will be available as a free download but rumors are already suggesting that this is just the first step in putting a price tag on WSS and killing it as a free substitute for MOSS servers. Even if this will happen for WSS 4.0 – this will sure be a groundbreaking decision for a whole bunch of customers that used the free version. I guess we should just wait and see…

Interesting days are coming!

Adir Ron.

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  1. Uri Nissani - SharePoint Web Part1 בנובמבר 2007 ב 19:01

    Hi Adir,

    very interesting information!!!
    We need to think about this, while now we are creating our solutions also for WSS, assuming some customers are using it free of charge.

    I guess we'll create our solutions more for the MOSS platform, if there will be no price difference between MOSS and WSS…



  2. Penny23 בנובמבר 2007 ב 6:22

    I work in an agency that had the chance to chat with the Microsoft developers behind Windows Server 2008.

    Check out the vids here:
    and meet some colourful characters….

  3. Ed Manning18 באפריל 2008 ב 13:24

    WSS is a free addition to Windows Server, but to really make good use of it you require Windows SQL Server.

    If a price was added European competition authorities would probably want the option added of using other database systems.

    Any serious implementation of WSS is going to require a separate server and may require additional Windows SQL licenses. Microsoft needs to watch for the total cost of ownership. In reality WSS, Windows Server and SQL Server is already very expensive compared to a Linux, MySQL and Joomla implementation with add-ins.

    The issue with the competition is security, reliability and ease of use. If Microsoft gets greedy a competitor may invest some money in making these work, in the way that SUN have invested in OpenOffice.