SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Features
Component New or Improved Name Description
Alerts New Extensible object model Enable the development of custom
alert types to integrate with your business' important or unique data
sources and data types.
New Improved security Administrators can prevent misdirected e-mail
messages by specifying that e-mail address fields use only the data
in user profiles.
New Improved performance The alerts feature can identify and optimize
"noisy" alerts at creation time. It can also deactivate alerts
that generate too many results.
New Improved administration Administrators can use a browser to deactivate
or delete a user's alerts and alert results.
Admin New Multi-machine topology support for all services Scalable,
available, and distributed server architecture that supports the largest
Audiences New Create Audiences from Active Directory® directory
service Capitalize on your investment in Active Directory to easily
create Audiences from existing distribution lists and security groups.
New Target items to an audience Audiences enable organizations to target
content to users based on their job role or task. You can target Web
Parts, news, lists, and list items to one or more specific audience.
New Manage audiences programmatically Create audiences programmatically
using the managed object model.
Backup and restore Improved Improved support for recovery scenarios
Improved back up and restore enables flexible site recovery.
Categories Improved Category structure and site navigation Easily manage
portal categories and topics in a browser. Create, move, rename, and
delete categories using the portal site map.
New Rich category areas The portal site is a hierarchy of sub-sites
that enable category managers to add lists, images, and documents to
their categories. Category managers own control of both security and
New Advanced category security Apply additional security to categories
in the portal.
Improved Category Assistant The portal suggests items to list under
a category that the category manager can approve or reject. As categories
are added to the site, and items added to categories, the Category Assistant
continues to learn and suggest items for each category.
Improved Category Best Bet management Category managers can manage Best
Bets for their areas by using a browser.
New New page templates Create category templates with all the new features
of Microsoft Windows® SharePoint™ Services.
New Easy image picking from picture libraries Easily select and add
images to categories, news items, and portal pages by selecting an image
from a picture library.
New Category object model Create categories programmatically using a
managed object model.
New Suggested links for portal categories Users can suggest content
for a category, which the category manager can then approve or reject.
Deployment Scenarios New Flexible deployment Enables bottom-up as well
as top-down deployment of an intranet. Evolve and grow from team sites
to divisional portal sites to organization-wide portal sites.
Improved Increase the number of portals that can be deployed in an installation
Deploy 100 portals per server farm when using a shared services topology.
End-User Features New and Improved Alerts for items aggregated by the
portal Users can specify to receive immediate, daily, or weekly alert
result roll-ups for content included in the portal site index. New capabilities
include alerts about people, news, lists, list items, and the Site Directory.
Updated capabilities for categories, search queries, documents, and
backwards-compatible document libraries.
Improved New e-mail format for alerts results Alert results are shown
in an easy to read Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) format and now specify
whether the alert result was sent because content changed or was added.
The e-mail format is specified by a customizable .xls file.
Enterprise application integration New Integration with PeopleSoft Connector
from Actional Enables human resources (HR) application integration in
the portal with PeopleSoft using single sign-on.
New Integration with SAP Connector from Actional Enables business and
financial application integration in the portal with Service Advertising
Protocol (SAP) using single sign-on.
New Integration with Siebel Connector from Actional Enables customer
relationship management (CRM) application integration in the portal
with Siebel using single sign-on.
New Payroll Receipt sample application using SAP End-to-end sample for
a payroll receipt sample application that runs on the SAP IDES system.
New Securely integrate enterprise applications Tight integration with
Microsoft BizTalk® Server 2002 helps to enable secure enterprise
application integration (for example, with SAP, Siebel, and PeopleSoft).
News Improved Summary Web Part Quickly scan the headlines to view news
items in a summary.
Improved News in the portal site Consolidated news publishing area on
the portal site.
Improved News item creation and rich text editing Add a news item by
using the rich text editor available from the Add News Item page. News
items can also be added by linking to a news source.
Personal sites New My Site experience for all portal users My Site is
a personal SharePoint site that provides personalized and customized
information. This site contains content targeted to users based on their
membership in a particular audience. My Site also provides quick access
to user’s documents, people, or Web sites, as well as personal
alerts they created to track changes to portal content. From My Site,
users can update their user profiles and share links with other portal
New Documents by Me Web Part Displays a list of documents authored by
the user on the home page of My Site. This list is also displayed under
the title Documents by this User in the user’s profile.
New My Links Web Part Users can easily add links to items they find
both inside and outside the portal to the My Links list on My Site.
If these links are shared, they also appear in the user’s profile.
New My News Web Part Users see news content targeted to them on the
home page of "My Site."
Improved Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 Web Parts Users can add Inbox
and Calendar views to My Site using Web Parts for Exchange Server 5.5
and Exchange Server 2000.
New Exchange Server 2003 Web Parts Users can add inbox, calendar, and
task views to My Site using Web Parts for Exchange Server 2003.
Search New New items in search results Show people, teams, lists, and
list items in search results.
New Scalable indexing and query handling Delivers a scalable, high performance
indexing and query-handling infrastructure using a high availability
New Propagation to multiple search servers Propagate content indexes
from the index management server to multiple dedicated search servers.
Propagation enables you to distribute your resources by limiting the
resource-intensive processes required to create indexes to the index
Improved Faster search results Faster results and improved relevancy
ranking enable users to easily find the information they need.
New Group results by author, site, date, category Users can group search
results in different ways to help them find information.
New Hierarchical search scopes Search scopes help users narrow their
searches based on the topics, categories, and content sources of items
on the portal.
New HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer, or
HTTP over SSL) indexing Enables indexing and crawling of secured Web
sites over SSL.
New and Improved Protocol handler for SharePoint Team Services 1.0 and
Windows SharePoint Services sites Enables crawling and indexing of information
in site pages, document libraries, lists, and list items.
New New and existing IFilters New ability to full-text search files
created by Microsoft Office Publisher (.pub) and Microsoft Office Visio®
(.vsd), and existing capability to search files in Microsoft Office
Word (.doc), Microsoft Office Excel (.xls), Microsoft Office PowerPoint®
(.ppt), Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME), Extensible Markup
Language (XML), and HTML formats.
New Integration in the Microsoft Office System Research and Reference
Pane Microsoft Office System users can search a SharePoint portal site
from the Research and Reference Pane.
Improved New Advanced Search interface For more control over search
results, you can switch to advanced search from the Search Results page.
Use Advanced Search to search by properties, to sort results by methods
other than relevance, to choose content sources, and to set other advanced
New Save search queries to My Links (on My Site) From the Search Results
page, you can add a specific search to the My Links Web Part on your
personal site. If you share the link, it shows up in the Shared Links
Web Part of your public site.
New Word breakers for new languages Word breakers for Czech, Finnish,
Hungarian, and Portuguese were added to the original set of word breakers
shipped with SharePoint Portal Server 2001, which included English,
French, Spanish, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Chinese Traditional, and Chinese
Shared services New Central shared services portal site Deliver shared
services to multiple portal sites from a centrally managed and configured
server farm. Shared services can include indexing and search, user profiles,
audiences, alerts, and personal sites.
Single sign-on New Single sign-on and credential mapping Single sign-on
enables you to store and map account credentials so that users don't
have to sign on again when portal-based applications retrieve information
from business applications such as third-party enterprise resource planning
and customer relationship management (CRM) systems.
Sites Directory New Provision, list, and index Windows SharePoint Services
sites Easily create a SharePoint site from the Site Directory page,
optionally add that site to the directory, or mark the site content
New Manage links to external sites Add a link to any existing site and
manage the current list of links. Identify sites that should be crawled
so that content is included in search results.
New Metadata and sites views The Site Directory can be organized into
views based on metadata, such as Region, and offers out-of- the-box
Web Parts for Newest sites, Sites I added, and Best Bets.
User profiles New View user profiles Easily find information about people,
their documents, and their shared links.
New Import profile data from Active Directory Easily create user profiles
by importing user data from the Active Directory. User profiles make
it easy to find people and enable the portal to target information based
New Profile property creation, deletion, and management Add properties
to the user profile for use by integrated applications or to enable
portal users to find people more easily. Profile properties can also
be imported from Active Directory.