SharePoint 2010: A guide to the many versions

By Julie Bort, Network World |  Software, collaboration

On Monday, Microsoft announced that the beta version of SharePoint 2010 would be available in November and the final code would ship in the first half of 2010. In true Microsoft form, this means Redmond will have a whole bunch of confusing editions. Eight have so far been revealed which is more than the list of editions on Microsoft's public SharePoint 2010 website. Microsoft on Monday revealed two new cloud versions.

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Here's a breakdown of what each version is supposed to include. 

SharePoint Foundation 2010 -- The basic SharePoint. Windows SharePoint Services is now Microsoft SharePoint Foundation. It requires Windows Server 2008 64-bit operating system with SP2 or later or Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit.

SharePoint Server 2010 -- adds collaboration features to the Foundation edition that allows it tie into data repositories outside of SharePoint (including Lotus Notes). Also adds more management features and supports more users. Successful SharePoint projects require better management, experts agree.

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint --Takes SharePoint Server 2010 and adds the high-end search technology Microsoft acquired when it bought FAST Technologies for $1.23 billion in January, 2008. Features include contextual search (such as recognizing departments or geographies), ability to tag meta data to unstructured content, more scalability.

SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Standard Edition -- For SMBs looking to create Internet or intranet sites using the standard features of SharePoint Server 2010. For companies who want to host the server on premises.

SharePoint Server 2010 for Internet Sites, Enterprise Edition -- Similar to Standard Edition, presumably with more scalability and management functions. An exact list of how this differs from the standard edition is hard to come by. (Ditto for a features list on how Internet Sites standard edition differs SharePoint Server 2010).

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