Microsoft upgrading SharePoint Portal Server

Microsoft Corp. this week introduced a second release candidate, or preview version, of its SharePoint Portal Server, the company's enterprise-level portal product.

Previously code-named "Tahoe," SharePoint Portal Server offers search functionality and integrated document management tools that allow enterprise workers to find, share, and publish information, according to officials.

The SharePoint Release Candidate 2 features improvements in stability and performance, based on feedback from Release Candidate 1 customer pilots and deployment scenarios, officials said.

Additional enhancements will include a Personal Dashboard feature that allows users to create their own personalized portal in the workspace.

Another feature will enable users to save Microsoft Office documents as Web parts that can be displayed in the SharePoint Portal Server using Office XP, the upcoming release of Microsoft Office. This will allow users to manage the layout, look, and feel of their own dashboard sites, officials said.

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