• SharePoint Service Pack 2 (SP2) & Supported Technologies

    With the release today of Service Pack (sp2) updates for SharePoint, I had to review what new technologies are now "natively" supported by SharePoint - WSS 3.0 & MOSS 2007.

    The sp2 updates come with lots of improvements and bug fixes, but they all come with support for some new technologies. Here's a list of technologies now supported in SharePoint as a result of the sp2 updates:

    Full support for Windows Internet Explorer 8.
    Level 2 browser support for Mozilla Firefox (versions 2 and 3).
    Support for Windows Server 2008.

    Support in SharePoint for these technologies are welcomed but, personally, I'd also hoped to see native SharePoint support for custom field types in desktop Office clients. Currently, custom field types that inherit from some base field types like the Lookup field are not rendered in the DIP in Office clients; this means that values in such fields can only be modified directly via the SharePoint UI. The other option would be to create yet a custom DIP in InfoPath.

    Having said all that, I would strongly recommend that you consider deploying these updates in your SharePoint farm(s) as there are many significant updates, fixes and performance improvements that these updates bring with them.

    If you need to present an RFC for these updates to be deployed in your environment and wondering what business case to put forward, you may want to look at this document, it provides a very high-level business justifications for the updates.


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