Microsoft Office SharePoint Server is a powerful application that allows you to share documents and other resources inside an organization. Large companies can use this tool for improving productivity by using a single interface for sharing documents, presentations, user information and intelligence.
For the end-user, the SharePoint Server provides an easy to use interface that can be accessed with any Internet browser. It allows you to publish a certain document for the entire organization without having to send tens of emails or resend the document when you make changes.
Community related features enable any user to learn about their colleagues by reading the Profile pages and to share their interests, favorite links or projects on their own page. A very useful feature is the contextual search that allows you to find documents, links and people who might be useful for your endeavors.
The server is closely integrated with the Office suite and allows the users to open documents directly from the server and save their work to SharePoint. Two or more users can use the same document and even make changes at the same time. The collaborators are able view the changes while communicating with each other which helps them save time.
The developers that want to use this platform can take advantage of the available project templates and the web technologies to create flexible websites and applications. The APIs included in the SharePoint package allow you to customize the implementations for a certain organization structure of need.
When multiple users have access to a complex sharing platform, the network administrator needs to implement a security policy in order to maintain control over its content. The centralized management system used by SharePoint allows you to specify which resources can be accessed by specific user.
Overall, the SharePoint Server is an essential tool for the companies that care about sharing knowledge and building a collaborative working environment.
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