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  Asked By: Dominic    Date: Oct 30    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1133

I'm working on a presentation in our company to highlight the differences
between SPS and WSS. Has anyone put such a summary together they would be
willing to share? (or pointers to links)



7 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Preston Moreno     Answered On: Oct 30

I have no summary, but the biggest difference I can highlight  is that
SPS is more appropriate when you have just a few content authors, and
many readers, such as with a corporate intranet. WSS, on the other hand,
is well-suited for a particular department, or team, where there might
be several authors of content. And it is very well suited for situations
where the authors might be collaborating on documents.

Answer #2    Answered By: Rickey Strickland     Answered On: Oct 30

Several resources can be found in the Overview and Evaluation section of office.microsoft.com/en-us/FX011442341033.aspx

Answer #3    Answered By: Jonathan Thompson     Answered On: Oct 30

Flying at 50,000 feet, WSS is used for collaboration and portal server is used
to aggregate, organize and present information.

I really discourage collaboration in the portal.

here are several reason (and features) for purchasing portal vs WSS:

Enterprise search and indexing
Personal Portals
Flexible taxonomies
Shared Services

there are others, but at a minimum, these are the compelling reasons to purchase

Answer #4    Answered By: Taylor Mills     Answered On: Oct 30

I typically recommend that people use Windows SharePoint Services unless
SharePoint Portal Server is mandated. What
follows is my thumbnail list of reasons that I think compel people to
use SharePoint Portal Server listed in the order that people seem to
rank them:
-Enterprise Search (vs. Site search)
-My Site
-Can be hierarchically moved around whereas WSS Sites are fixed
-Can have Web Parts that reflect an Audience
-Can be set to expire at a given date (and other metadata)
-Can display the same content on multiple areas
-News/Listings (super links  with metadata like expire date)
-Some unique Web Parts (Links for You, News for You, Sites I've
Created, etc.)
-Aggregate Site Directory
-Stored Alerts
-Single Sign-On
-Dynamic Top and Left nav base on Area hierarchy (most
people don't like this "feature") vs. the WSS Quick Launch bar (it too
limited in usefulness)
-Topic Assistant

Basically, people would go to their SharePoint portal for the same
reason that they go to an Internet search engine, not to find
information on the Portal, but to locate information that the portal can
point them to:
1. Search for content that they aren't sure where to find or
2. Browse for content that they aren't sure where to find

I like to say, people don't typically go to Google to see what Google
contains, people go to Google to find other sites to visit that contain
what they are looking for. Google is just the doorway to information,
not the house.

Answer #5    Answered By: Angel Jordan     Answered On: Oct 30

Can you elaborate on this a bit? What is wrong with using areas for
collaboration as opposed to sites?

Answer #6    Answered By: Darrell Peters     Answered On: Oct 30

In short, it's not scalable.

Answer #7    Answered By: Collin Griffith     Answered On: Oct 30

A KB article explains the differences too:

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