Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 is technology in Windows Server® that offers an integrated portfolio of collaboration and communication services designed to connect people, information, processes and systems both within and beyond the organizational firewall. Now available at no additional cost, Windows SharePoint Services makes it simpler for IT professionals to implement and manage a team collaboration infrastructure. Application Templates are tailored to address the needs and requirements for specific business processes or sets of tasks for organizations of any size. The templates provide out-of-the-box, customizable scenarios which solve business needs as well as providing a starting point for partners and developers looking to build more sophisticated Windows SharePoint Services solutions.
The Discussion Database application template for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 helps teams organize track public discussions on topics generated by team members. When a new discussion topic is generated, the owner designates a category, which helps structure the discussions so they can more easily be located by those interested in the content. Additionally, team members can subscribe to the RSS feed of the discussion database through an RSS reader such as Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007.