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The SharePoint Technologies Vision
The vision for SharePoint Team Services and SharePoint Portal Server is a tightly
integrated set of products that enable users in groups of all sizes to access,
share, find, store, update, work with, and manage information. Are you creating
a training curriculum for your IT department? You can use SharePoint Team
Services to manage the project, hold meetings, discuss changes, make revisions,
and approve, publish, and distribute the final materials. Do you need a
fullspectrum information-management system that gives employees access to
resources both inside and outside your company intranet? SharePoint Portal
Team Services includes Team Services and adds powerful search features and
enhanced document-management capabilities so that you can customize and
extend the reach of the sites and systems you create.
A First Look at SharePoint Team Services
SharePoint Team Services was first available to millions of users as a Microsoft
FrontPage 2002 template that enabled users to create collaborative team Web
sites for small workgroups. The technology offered a list-based service and an
easy-to-use, customizable interface, giving informal teams a way to organize
and share information on intranets and the Web at large. In Office 2003,
SharePoint Team Services (now built on Microsoft Windows .NET Server technology)
has been significantly enhanced and integrated with each of the core
applications, adding new collaboration features and providing ways for you to keep
current with your projects and groups.
Although SharePoint is a relatively new offering, it has a short learning
curve: the site is simple to use and understand, and users can move easily
among their Office applications to the SharePoint site and back again. In fact,
depending on your specific task, you might use SharePoint Team Services
without actually appearing to “move to” the SharePoint Team Services site. Microsoft
Office Word 2003 offers one example of this: when you click the Tools menu in
Word and choose Shared Workspace, the Shared Workspace task pane opens
along the right side of the Word window. (See Figure 3-1.)
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