Microsoft SharePoint Designer (formerly known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer) is a specialized HTML editor and web design freeware for creating or modifying Microsoft SharePoint sites and web pages. It is a part of Microsoft SharePoint family of products.[2] It was formerly a part of Microsoft Office 2007 families of products, but was not included in any of the Microsoft Office suites.

SharePoint Designer and its sister product, Microsoft Expression Web are successors of Microsoft FrontPage. While Expression Web serves as the full-featured successor to FrontPage, SharePoint Designer features focuses on designing and customizing Microsoft SharePoint websites. For instance, it only includes SharePoint-specific site templates. It retains more FrontPage features than Expression Web, such as web components, database, marquee, hit counter, navigation bars, map insert, etc. Although SharePoint Designer 2007 (the first version of this product) could be used as a generic HTML editor, SharePoint Designer 2010 (the subsequent version) may no longer operate in absence of Microsoft SharePoint Server or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.[3]

SharePoint Designer shares its codebase, UI and HTML rendering engine with Expression Web, and does not rely on Internet Explorer's Trident engine.[4]

The first version of this product, SharePoint Designer 2007, was a commercial software product. On March 31, 2009 however, SharePoint Designer 2007 was made available as a freeware.[5][6] On April 24, 2009, Microsoft released SharePoint Designer Service Pack 2.[7] On April 21, 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 was released and made available for download.[1] On October 24, 2011, Microsoft released SharePoint Designer Service Pack 3.[8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Download details: Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010 (32-bit)". Microsoft Download website. Microsoft Corporation. April 21, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  2. "Product Information: Related Technologies". Microsoft SharePoint website. Microsoft corporation. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  3. Hoover, Kolby (November 2, 2009). "SharePoint Designer 2010 New Shell Tour". Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog. Microsoft corporation. Retrieved August 28, 2010. "A Few Limitations to Call Out [~snip~] As we shifted to being a powerful and usable toolset for SharePoint 2010, we securely attached to SharePoint. In other words, SPD focused at being only a SharePoint tool. Unfortunate for some, this means that you won’t be able to use its page editor without also having SharePoint. The page editor is only available when a SharePoint site is open." 
  4. Mauceri, Rob (April 16, 2007). "Office Live and SharePoint". Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog. Microsoft corporation. Retrieved August 23, 2010. "SharePoint Designer doesn't use Trident. SharePoint Designer, Expression Web, and the next version of Visual Studio's Visual Web Designer (code name Orcas) all use the same standards-based web design component. This component was developed jointly by the three product teams for high fidelity rendering of web standards like CSS, XHTML, as well as" 
  5. "Download details: SharePoint Designer 2007". Microsoft Download website. Microsoft Corporation. March 31, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  6. "Video: SharePoint Designer 2007 (April 2009 Announcement)". Microsoft Download. Microsoft corporation. April 1, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  7. "Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)". Microsoft Download. Microsoft corporation. April 24, 2009. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  8. "Service Pack 3 for SharePoint Designer 2007 (KB2526089)". Microsoft Download Center. Microsoft Corporation. October 24, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 

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