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Chapter 9. Office and SharePoint > What Is SharePoint?

What Is SharePoint?

In an office, one of the most common barriers to sharing information is figuring out where to put it. If you store documents on your own hard drive, you have to figure out how to give other people secure access. On a network server, you have to deal with filenames, permissions, and the logistics of figuring out how to get people working cooperatively.

Several years ago, Microsoft introduced SharePoint Team Services and SharePoint Portal Server—two versions of a Web-based server package designed to make it easy for members of a workgroup to communicate, collaborate, and share information with one another, preferably while using Office XP. As befits a Microsoft “version 1.0” product, the two members of the SharePoint family were loaded with promise but also plagued by design limitations and some usability snafus.


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