I awoke this morning with some good news from Lawrence Liu, 20 of the 40 Application Templates are now available for download. For those of you wondering what an application template is, it’s a site template which has been carefully planned out according to a common business practice. Not only do they save you time, but they’re FREE!
Direct copy from Microsoft/SharePoint Blog:
The 20 Site Admin templates are now available for public download via the links below:
Site Admin templates are custom templates that are easy for any SharePoint site administrator to install into the template gallery without requiring server administration access. Simply download and plug into a SharePoint site. The other 20 (Server Admin) templates are scheduled to be available within the next 4-6 weeks. More information about all of the application templates is here.
[Update: Read-only demo sites created with the 20 Site Admin templates are available at:
· http://www.wssdemo.com/application (Australia)
In addition, we have published the “Creating Shared Hosting Solutions on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0” whitepaper based on the lessons learned from the Hosted Application Templates for SharePoint (HATS) pilot that was conducted over the past several months with more than a dozen international hosting partners, some of whom are listed at http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/directory/wssv3.mspx.