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MS SharePoint: Market Acceptance and Growth
From the standpoint of implementation and technical support, Microsoft has been integrating SharePoint with MS Office and Exchange and developing the foundation for a new era of Microsoft lock-in as they move towards the cloud computing model. Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, and SharePoint Designer are collectively known as SharePoint 2010 Products. A SharePoint site can have subsites which resemble the hierarchy of folders on file systems in a tree-like structure. SharePoint provides communities for user and team collaboration.
SharePoint Foundation is a collection of services for Microsoft Windows Server and provides a common framework and platform to share information, collaborate, and store documents, tasks, contacts, events, calendar, wikis, and other items. SharePoint Foundation provides a specific site environment known as a Document Workspace. A Workspace site can be created from an Office 2010 application or from a web browser. Microsoft Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, InfoPath 2010, and OneNote can be used to create workspaces, post and edit documents, and assign tasks from within Office 2010 applications while working on documents stored in SharePoint sites.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is built on top of SharePoint Foundation and provides extensibility with a scalable architecture and management tools for SharePoint sites and web-based publishing featureset. SharePoint Server 2010 provides enterprise-level capabilities: sites, communities, content, search, insights, and composites. There are two versions of SharePoint: SharePoint Server and SharePoint Enterprise.
Microsoft SPD: SharePoint Designer 2010 is the successor to SharePoint Designer 2007, it was previously known as Microsoft FrontPage. It provides the tools to customize SharePoint sites and create reporting tools and application templates. SharePoint Designer is a client application available as a free 32- and 64-bit version download from the Microsoft website. MS SPD 2010 is integrated with SharePoint Server 2010; a web page can not be created or edited without being connected to a SharePoint site. SPD provides the capability to design rich, customized SharePoint content: pages, lists, libraries, and other SharePoint artifacts. It is well suited for creating business process flows integrating with line-of-business databases, and creating custom presentations of business information on the SharePoint Server platform.
SharePoint 2010 can be augmented with the addition of personal blogs, tagging, and activity feeds from the MySites social networking sites. SharePoint Workspace utilizes SharePoint libraries, lists and forms accessible offline. It is a client application based on technology designed by Groove Networks. SharePoint Workspace competes with Lotus Notes.
MS SharePoint also is a development framework which provides tools, classes, libraries, controls for building custom collaboration through the .NET framework and language platforms: ASP.NET, VB.NET and C#. It can be used to host websites such as collaboration self-service and BI: Business Intelligence dashboards to high-end Internet sites.
Computer Education Techniques staff and technology partners are monitoring the developer discussion groups and evaluating the 64-bit versions of SharePoint 2010:
MS SharePoint - How it is Being Used
MS SharePoint Server provides content management, enterprise search, and shared business processes. The foundation of its functionality is the capability to centralize access to data, locate content; control storage, and manage security in conjunction with the distribution, reuse, and management of documents and digital content: web pages, PDF files, and e-mail messages. MS SharePoint Server includes application development tools for server administration, application extensibility, and interoperability.
SharePoint Foundation 2010 provides the capability to integrate with MS Office and MS Phone 7. The Office Web Apps services include the Word Viewing Service, PowerPoint Service, and Excel Calculation Services which run within the context of the services provided by SharePoint Foundation. It provides a browser-based viewing and editing experience in the form of an Office document in a web browser. There are different levels of integration between the SharePoint Foundation and pre 2010 versions of Office.
These are the ways that organizations are using MS SharePoint Server to improve productivity, streamline costs, and be environmentally responsive.