Windows SharePoint Services allows users to leverage increase productivity by creating Web sites for information sharing and document collaboration over common and familiar platforms. Windows SharePoint Services is an integrated suite of server capabilities that can help improvie organizational effectiveness by providing enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information sharing across boundaries.
Windows SharePoint Services sites take file storage to a new level, providing communities for team collaboration and making it easy for users to work together on documents, tasks, contacts, events, and other information. In addition, team and site managers can coordinate site content and user activity easily.
SharePoint sites provide places to capture and share ideas, information, and data. The sites facilitate team participation in discussions, shared document collaboration, and surveys. Site content is accessible through a Web browser and also through clients that support Web Services. The document collaboration features allow for easy check in, check out, and document version control.
SharePoint site members can locate and communicate with key contacts and experts via e-mail and instant messaging. Site content is easily searchable, and users can also receive alerts to tell them when existing documents and information have been changed or added. Content and layout can be personalized on a per-user basis, and Web Parts can be added to present targeted, relevant information to specific users.
Microsoft Office System programs use SharePoint site content. Documents, lists, events, tasks, and membership rosters and other data can be read and edited within Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft Office Excel, and Microsoft Office PowerPoint.
SharePoint site managers can customize content and layout, as well as monitor members’ participation. Security and other key tasks are flexible and easily accessible. Well-designed lists and entire sites can be saved as templates and reused across the organization.
Administration and Deployment
Windows SharePoint Services can scale to thousands of sites within an organization. It fully supports load-balanced Web farm and clustered database deployments. For site and server administrators, quotas can be set and enforced for storage, sites per-server, and users per-site. Site usage can be monitored to detect and retire inactive sites. Sites and servers can be managed from a Web browser, command-line tools, or a Web service-accessible object model.
Integrated Windows .NET Development
In addition to the Web Part infrastructure, Windows SharePoint Services servers, sites, and site contents are exposed by a comprehensive Windows .NET–based object model and industry-standard Web services.