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!