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Chapter 31. SharePoint Team Services > SharePoint: The Office Web Server on Ste...

SharePoint: The Office Web Server on Steroids

Office 2000 introduced the Office Web Server (OWS), a feature designed to increase the ease and efficiency with which intranet sites can be implemented. Intranet sites are Web sites designed for use inside an organization rather than on the public World Wide Web. Organizations establish intranets to share documents and information, to coordinate projects and schedules, to collaborate on resources of several types, and to do so with the privacy and network security necessary to carry out such ventures.

With the release of Office XP, OWS has been revamped considerably and renamed SharePoint. The purpose for the redesign was the simple fact that OWS was limited in its capabilities and somewhat difficult to establish. Also the name, Office Web Server, brought nothing in particular to mind, certainly not the possibility of a collaborative intranet site capable of revolutionizing team contribution and design. SharePoint seems much better in this regard; at least when a project or department manager reads the name, she's considerably more likely to give it a second glance.


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