JUST RELEASED: Post-RTM Update to MOSS and WSS SDK Documentation is Now Live on MSDN!

We have been working non-stop since RTM to update major sections of the MOSS and WSS SDK documentation on MSDN.  You can browse the SDKs online here:

If you're working with Visual Studio a lot, you can follow the simple instructions in this blog post to get Help directly from MSDN in Visual Studio's Help viewer; it also works for F1 Help within your code.  Browsing the online version of the SDKs also lets you see the MSDN Community Content that appears in Wiki-style content blocks at the end of each SDK topic.


Here is the fine print for those of you who wish to know what has been updated and added:


What's New in the Windows SharePoint Services SDK

New conceptual sections:

  • Content Migration

  • Change Log and Synchronizing Applications

  • Creating Declarative, No-Code Workflow Editors


Procedural topics:

  • How to: Create a Custom Field Type and Field Control

  • How To: Extend the STSADM Utility


Schema reference topics for the following schemas:

  • Content Migration XML Schema Reference: Contains over 180 element topics that detail the eight migration schemas

  • Workflow Configuration Schema


Greatly expanded Class Library Reference material for over 300 types in the following namespaces:

·         Microsoft.SharePoint

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Deployment

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.EmailIntegration

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Navigation

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.MobileControls

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.StsAdmin

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPartPages

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Workflow


As well as expanded reference material for the following Web Services:

·         Authentication Web Service

·         Copy Web Service


This update also includes numerous updates and revisions to existing SDK content.


What's New in the Office SharePoint Server SDK

Class Library and Web Service Reference


·         Microsoft.Office.Workflow.Utility.Contact

·         Microsoft.Office.Workflow.Utility.Form

·         Microsoft.Office.Workflow.Workflow



·         Microsoft.Office.RecordsManagement.PolicyFeatures.Barcode

·         Microsoft.Office.RecordsManagement.PolicyFeatures.BarcodeGenerator

·         Microsoft.Office.RecordsManagement.PolicyFeatures.IBarcodeGenerator

·         Microsoft.Office.RecordsManagement.InformationPolicy.IPolicyFeature



·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls.ExchangeServiceBinding

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls.OWACalendarPart

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls.OWAInboxPart


New and updated content in over 40 classes in the Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles namespace


New and updated content for UserProfileService and Workflow Web services


Updates to numerous Search Web Part classes


New content and updates in nearly 60 types in Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.* namespaces:

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Administration

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.Navigation

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.WebControls

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.WebControls.EditingMenuActions

·         Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing.WebServices


General Reference

·         Enterprise Search Protocol Handlers (multiple topics, new)

·         How to: Customize XSL for the Content Query Web Part (new)

·         Updates to 4 more Web Content Management topics


And much more!



"Continuous Publishing" and the SharePoint SDKs

We are continually updating the SDKs with more information as it becomes available and as we receive customer feedback with new content requests; we call this "continuous publishing" at Microsoft.


The downloadable SDK will be updated in the next few months, which will be a coordinated release in both U.S. English and Japanese.

Comments (3)

  1. austegard says:

    Any new documentation is welcome.

    However – this is what I get when clicking on the link for the Copy Web Service:


    I ain’t in Japan.

  2. mmascolino says:

    Bravo for continuous publishing, but you should also continuously publish downloadable versions of the SDK as well.  I much prefer to have the docs locally.

  3. This comment is in response to austegard:  Where are you getting that link from?  I find the Copy Web Service at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/copy.aspx.  

    I think the URL you are referring to is an old URL and no longer exists in English-U.S., so it defaults to the only place where it still exists, which is in Japanese.  Hope this helps!

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