Launches Premier Resource for SharePoint Developers

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that, an online resource for developers, administrators and users, today launched a premier Web site dedicated to Microsoft (r) SharePoint(tm). The new site,, was designed using Microsoft .NET technology and will provide professionals using SharePoint with tech support 24 hours a day, mentored discussions, and a directory of more than 200 products for SharePoint in more than 56 categories, including several key vertical markets. Developers also can find code and administrator tips for a range of projects including SharePoint Team Services site development, capacity planning and setting up SharePoint Portal Server to search a competitor’s Web site. also will offer a gallery of free Web Parts and a list of books to support project work, and will feature current news and announcements about SharePoint. is also responsible for the popular ExchangeD2D site which, like, offers a wealth of product-specific information and services for Microsoft Exchange.
“We’ve found that sites like ExchangeD2D and offer a proven way for building a dedicated community around a product,”
said David Cragg, president of
“Interested parties can contribute to and benefit from product-specific information and resources as well as post their own knowledge-based articles or suggestions for the benefit of their peers.”

“We are pleased that MSD2D is providing this value-added resource for developers, administrators and users of SharePoint,”
said Gytis Barzdukas, group product manager of the Portal Business Group at Microsoft.
“With more than 600 listings in categories such as products, services and education opportunities, this site is an excellent resource on multiple topics relating to SharePoint.”

The following topics and resources can be found at :

  • Products. A list of more than 200 products for SharePoint, each with an 80-word description, company address, phone number and e-mail address, is provided as well as links to corporate and product Web sites.

  • Services. A directory of more than 300 service vendors for SharePoint worldwide is provided. Each list is sorted geographically and has a service description, address, phone number, e-mail address and URLs.

  • Education. A directory containing 80 training centers for SharePoint worldwide is provided. Each list is sorted geographically and has a description, address, phone number, e-mail address and URLs.

  • Team Services. A complete international list of 80 SharePoint Team Services hosting providers, sorted geographically, is provided. Each vendor list includes a service description, address, phone number, e-mail address and URLs.

  • Mentored developer discussion room. The new SharePoint developer room has mentors who will respond to all Microsoft .NET and digital dashboard questions within 24 hours. Related discussion rooms cover Exchange, .NET, SQL Server(tm) and XML.

  • Mentored administrator discussion room. The new SharePoint administrator room has mentors who will respond to all administrator questions about SharePoint Portal Server within 24 hours.

  • Books. A comprehensive directory on books related to Microsoft server technology, with hundreds of titles that cover subjects from SharePoint to server security to Microsoft Exchange, is provided.

  • Links to reference Web sites. A complete directory of all Web sites that provide reference material on SharePoint is provided.

  • Tips. A comprehensive repository containing code and administrator tips for best leveraging SharePoint infrastructure is provided. Topics covered include deployment, migration, administration, digital dashboard, Web Parts and much more.

  • Repository of Web Parts. As one way to help jump-start installations of SharePoint and help professionals using SharePoint learn how to develop new Web Parts, MSD2D provides free Web Parts. Microsoft partners that post Web Parts are allowed to add a description of their services at the bottom of the Web Parts listing.

  • SharePoint news. A directory of all current news about SharePoint, including stories on Microsoft corporate news, Microsoft Exchange, server security, virus news, XML, SQL Server and much more, is provided.

  • Free weekly SharePoint newsletter. A weekly publication features tips and tricks for SharePoint, the most recent news about SharePoint, Microsoft and the industry, third-party product reviews and upcoming events updates.

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