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A brief overview of Microsoft SharePoint

The SharePoint can be defined as an extremely popular web application portal programmed by the software giant Microsoft. Initially launched in the year 2001, the Microsoft developed web application has been associated with content management, intranet as well as document management- however, the latest versions encompass broader capabilities. The SharePoint is said to be the dominant application for creating the organizational intranets; as per the recent studies, nearly 50 percent of intranets today are developed with the help of this particular Microsoft software. The experts have marked SharePoint as a collaborative software which is engineered to work well with MS Office, Windows, servers, technologies & other programs.

The post here presents a brief overview on Microsoft SharePoint.

Components of Microsoft SharePoint

The SharePoint is infused with a multipurpose series of web technologies that are backed by common technical structure. These include SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Server, Excel, InfoPath Form services, SSRS, KPI, BCS, Lists, Sites, Document Libraries, Blogs, Wikis, PerformancePoint, Discussion Boards, Report Builder, Dashboard Designer, Dashboard and Scorecard.


Till date 6 versions of Microsoft SharePoint has been launched across the global IT market. As mentioned earlier, the initial one arrived in the year 2001 while the latest one was unleashed this year only, in 2013. In the meanwhile, Microsoft released 4 continually upgraded SharePoint versions in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Compatibility with web browsers

The latest 2013 SharePoint version is compatible with all the major web browsers active today such as Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox 19.

Functions of Microsoft SharePoint

  • Creates collaborative site easily

You would just need to have the bare minimum technical skills to create collaborative website with SharePoint.  Once the setup is correctly done, you are assured of less maintenance facilities & the account managers would be benefited with a hassle free share access- the documentation would be automated & the schedule reports will be generated automatically.

  • Effective data & information management

The SharePoint comprises of tools that ensure effective documentation schedule and management- you would be able to store information, the log issues as well as change & approve requests.

  • Helps in user collaboration

The SharePoint efficiently advocates user collaboration in the similar document workspaces. It permits your team to function together for creating documents & reports. Then, there is the discussion board & meeting workspace that support meetings offline. Besides, the users here can create their personal MySite platform to share data with others in the office- the SharePoint users can even share information through blogs and wikis.

  • Automation of business process

If your organization has taken to SharePoint, your team managers will be able to automate & modify easily workflow of projects undertaken. They would be able to create the electronic forms for automation & streamlining of business processes. You will surely love the 3-State Workflow feature here that tracks event-planning tasks via 3 stages like Active stage, Ready for the Review & Complete.

  • Generate relevant reports

SharePoint allows you to generate interactive relevant reports such as milestone dashboards along with graphical and chart representations.