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SharePoint's relationship with Exchange

Does SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Windows SharePoint Services use Microsoft Exchange in any way or are they are separate products?

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These are separate products.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is focused on providing enterprise e-mail services. An example usage scenario is that you want to provide e-mail communications for your entire company. You can learn about it here.

Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server is focused on enabling centrally-managed enterprise-class portal infrastructure across the enterprise. An example usage scenario is that you have 90 project teams and you want to centrally provide and manage a team collaboration environment for each of these teams. You can read about it here.

Windows SharePoint Services is focused on enabling ad-hoc collaboration sites to be set up by individual project teams. An example usage scenario is that a team wants to set up a quick site to discuss a particular project. You can read about it here.


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  • This was first published in July 2005

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