What is SharePoint
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services is a
versatile technology that organizations and business units of all
sizes can use to increase the efficiency of business processes and
improve team productivity. With tools for collaboration that help
people stay connected across organizational and geographic
boundaries, Windows SharePoint Services gives people access to
information they need.
Built on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows
SharePoint Services also provides a foundation platform for building
Web-based business applications that can flex and scale easily to
meet the changing and growing needs of your business. Robust
administrative controls for managing storage and Web infrastructure
give IT departments a cost-effective way to implement and manage a
high-performance collaboration environment. With a familiar,
Web-based interface and close integration with everyday tools
including the Microsoft Office system, Windows SharePoint Services
is easy to use and can be deployed rapidly.
Collaborate Easily and Effectively
Windows SharePoint Services helps teams stay
connected and productive by providing easy access to the people,
documents, and information they need to make more informed decisions
and get the job done. Enhancements in Windows SharePoint Services
3.0 make it easier than ever to share documents, track tasks, use
e-mail efficiently and effectively, and share ideas and information.
Provide a single workspace for teams to
coordinate schedules, organize documents, and participate in
discussions—within the organization and over the extranet.
Easily author and manage documents, and
help to ensure their integrity with enhanced features
including the option to require document checkout before
editing, the ability to view past revisions and restore to
previous versions, and the ability to set document-specific
Help people and teams stay on task with a
variety of communication features that let users know when
actions are required or important changes are made to
existing information or documentation, including
announcements, sophisticated alerts, surveys, and discussion
Provide creative forums for brainstorming
ideas, building knowledge bases, or simply gathering
information in an easy-to-edit format with new templates for
implementing blogs (also known as weblogs) and wikis (Web
sites that can be quickly edited by team members—no special
technical knowledge required).
Stay productive while mobile with enhanced
support for offline synchronization through Microsoft Office
Outlook 2007 that users can use to manage document
libraries, lists, calendars, contacts, tasks, and discussion
boards even offline, and to synchronize changes when
reconnected to the network.
Get Started Quickly
As a built-in component of Windows Server 2003,
Windows SharePoint Services makes it easy for IT departments to
implement a dependable, scalable collaboration infrastructure with
minimal administrative time and effort. Close integration of Windows
SharePoint Services with familiar tools for authoring, publishing,
organizing, and finding information, including the Microsoft Office
system, helps users get up to speed quickly.
Simplify the creation and navigation of
workspaces with the improved user interface and site
creation tools in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that
provide easy-to-use templates, professional-looking site
themes, and the ability to rearrange site navigation from
within the browser.
Make it easy for users to get up to speed
quickly by providing integration with familiar productivity
tools such as those found in the Microsoft Office
system—users can create workspaces, post and edit documents,
and view and update calendars on SharePoint sites, all while
working within Microsoft Office system files and programs.
Track work and tasks more easily with
enhanced integration with Office Outlook 2007 that helps
users organize calendars, tasks, contact lists, discussion
boards, and meetings.
Customize workspaces with new application
templates that provide custom scenarios for building
workflows on the Windows SharePoint Services platform that
address specific business processes or sets of tasks.
Implement a collaboration environment with
minimal administrative time and effort, and with the
flexibility to change deployment settings.
Deploy a Manageable Infrastructure
Deployment of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
increases control over and enhances security of your organization’s
data and information resources. Reduce the dependency of business
units on your company’s IT department for site provisioning,
implementation, backup, and support. Whether you’re a contributor to
a team site, a site owner, or a server administrator, Windows
SharePoint Services 3.0 provides better administrative controls for
managing content, users, and sites so that individuals and teams can
operate more efficiently and effectively.
Increase the security of business
information with enhanced administrative controls that
decrease cost and complexity associated with site
provisioning, management, support, operations, and backup
Give IT better control over your
organization’s infrastructure with new and improved services
for controlling access to information and setting policies
for site creation that enable security to be set as deep
down as the item level.
Empower site managers and teams without
compromising security by enabling them to initiate and
control their own self-service workspaces and tasks, and
manage the participation and access of others—all within
parameters set by IT.
Provide a more robust document storage
environment with document storage, recycle bin item
retrieval, and version-control features built in to team
Easily manage and configure Windows
SharePoint Services by using a Web browser or command-line
utilities, and enable a variety of custom and third-party
administration solutions using the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Provide a Foundation for Web-Based Applications
With Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, IT
professionals can tailor or extend the Windows SharePoint Services
foundation to create new, efficient, Web-based tools and services
specific to the organization, department, business process, or
industry vertical. Through a highly customizable and extensible
platform, companies can tie these new tools and services to existing
line-of-business applications, capitalizing on existing IT
investments and valuable information stored in back-end systems.
Manage business documents more easily with
enhanced document library support and a common repository
for document storage.
Use the Windows SharePoint Services
platform to build rich, flexible, and scalable Web-based
applications and Internet sites specific to the needs of
Take advantage of integration with
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 that expands the
platform services and common framework for document
management exposed by Windows SharePoint Services to offer
enterprise-wide functionality for records management,
search, workflows, portals, personalized sites, and more.
Use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer
2007 to quickly and easily customize SharePoint sites and
build reporting tools and applications tailored to specific
tasks without writing or deploying new code.