There is absolutely no limit to the innovations that Microsoft can come up with and one among them is SharePoint. As the name itself suggests, SharePoint is all about sharing made easy. When it comes to sharing information within various groups, whether corporate, academic or personal, SharePoint can be one of the best tools to be used. Launched in 2001, SharePoint was meant to be a ‘centralized replacement’ for multiple web applications. This innovative platform allows far too many functions, of which, content and document management hold vital importance. It can also be used as a web application development platform.
SharePoint is basically based on two individual technologies which can be referred to as WSS and MOSS. WSS stands for Windows SharePoint Services and MOSS stands for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Among the other differences that these two forms of SharePoint have is the fact that the former (WSS) is free while the latter (MOSS) is not. Benefits of WSS are in making managements of documents (as in document libraries) and online projects very easy. When it comes to better search, one must bank on MOSS and not the former. However, being free of charge, WSS has been gaining more popularity than the latter.
SharePoint can be many things at the same time. The manner in which it can be used is versatile. To begin with, it can be a multi purpose platform that allows management of intranet portals, websites and extranets, files and documents, social networking tools, collaboration spaces, third-party developed solutions, enterprise search etc. SharePoint can also be used as a cloud computing solution. The usual applications of SharePoint include usage in intranet portals, internet sites, extranet and content and document management. SharePoint intranet portals are of great use to companies at large. This is because it makes management of data, application and other information extremely easy and also tends to bring down the overall cost for the same at corporate levels.
For the people who are in need of specific information, SharePoint manages to help in receiving and organizing information from where they are stored and deliver the same to the former. Be it the creation of a simple list of contacts or something intricate like component of some kind of project management, this feature can be used in any way as desired by the user with minimum compromise on effectiveness. When it comes to SharePoint as a website, it can be customized through Microsoft SharePoint Designer Software or any web based management interface.
File sharing is perhaps the most popular aspect of SharePoint. This can be one of the simplest ways of sharing files in the internet. Different documents uploaded in the ‘document libraries’ in the SharePoint enable the users to share the same with others in need of it. It is not necessary that SharePoint has to be used only at the corporate levels. It can be used by all who need to share documents in groups, whether at corporate level or, private level.
If you want to know how to go about project management with SharePoint, an E-book by Dux Raymond would be a great source. You can read it online at http://books.google.com/books?id=qjgw9v_vOYgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=sharepoint&hl=en&ei=suufTpa2CtKDtge2l-GuBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CHIQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q&f=false
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