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Main Difference between MOSS and WSS

Posted By:Dhananjay Kumar       Posted Date: December 17, 2009    Points: 25    Category: SharePoint    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

Main Difference between MOSS and WSS.

WSS is foundation and MOSS is optional add-on. You cannot install MOSS of itself. If you try to do this, you will be requested to install WSS first.

Characteristics of WSS

  • It is a Web Based Application
  • It stores all information in an MS SQL database.
  • It displays information using web Parts.
  • It comes with site templates.



What WSS does not have?

  • There is no support for indexing and Searching.
  • It does not have advanced intranet features, such as targeted information and content management.
  • It has no record management.
  • It cannot display InfoPath forms in Web Browser.
  • It cannot display MS Excel spreadsheet as Web Part.
  • It comes with less than 10 Web parts.
  • It cannot Read and Write to External Database.

    So to achieve all above task which WSS does not have, MOSS came into action.


MOSS 2007

Use global search functionality to find any type of information regardless of type and location.
Target information to one or more User Group.
Use Advanced Content Management.
Import User Data from Active Directory.
Use RSS web part to list information fetched from RSS feeds.
Give each SharePoint user a Personal Web Site.
Search, display content from external Database.


Comparison of Built in Feature of SharePoint


Features WSS MOSS
Alerts Yes Yes
RSS Yes Yes
File and Document Management Yes Yes
Project Management Yes Yes
Managing Meeting Yes No
Update No Yes
Finding Information No Yes
Indexing No Yes
External Data access No Yes

Note :
When you, open Central Admin Page. This is administration page for SharePoint. When you click on SSP , that will open specific admin page for MOSS.

SSP is nothing but collection of configured service to work with MOSS.

Happy Coding

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