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Chapter 18. Working Collaboratively > Introducing Windows SharePoint Services

Introducing Windows SharePoint Services

In Chapter 16, “Making a Site Database-Driven,” you learned about Windows SharePoint Services, and how it can make a Web site database-driven. But what is SharePoint, and how can it help you create and administer sites faster and smarter? SharePoint is a collaborative environment that is especially designed to work with Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and the Microsoft Office System. It provides a group of individuals with a place on the Web where they can view documents, post information, and track ongoing jobs—all through a Web browser. Whenever you need to get people together for a discussion, to take a vote, or to share comments on documents, consider using SharePoint to give them a place to work together from their individual locations, without having to arrange meeting times and travel routes.

Getting Acquainted With SharePoint Standard Features

A SharePoint site enables you and your co-workers to use lists and other shared documents to complete projects collaboratively. You set up a meeting workspace, invite your co-workers to your site, and work on the document or project together at the same time. You might be discussing the project on the phone, while editing it in the online workspace through your Web browsers. SharePoint also provides document checkout and versioning, which helps co-workers track when a document has been changed.


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