First, what is SharePoint?

It’s a Web application platform developed by Microsoft, Organizations use it to create websites. You can use it as a secure place to store, organize, share, and access information from almost any device.

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Why we should use it?

Here are the Top Features of Microsoft SharePoint:

  1.  Document Management :

-Store, organize, and locate documents.

-Ensure the consistency of documents.

-Manage metadata for documents.

-Help protect documents from unauthorized access or use.

-Ensure consistent business processes (workflows) for how documents are handled.

  1. Social
    Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networking websites, and with the release of SharePoint 2013, users can like posts or documents and they have ability to post short status updates and replies that may include text, links, images, videos, hashtags (#) for categorization/tagging and they can use the “@” symbol to search for people to reference in social activity updates and you’re able to follow people, documents, sites, tags and activities.
    Also users can share pages, posts and documents with other users.
  2. Search
    SharePoint 2013 Search enables users to discover important information quickly, with fast document previews in the web browser, and much better search refiners on the left-hand side. In 2013 release, every search box in every team site will offer full access to enterprise-wide search, people search, and other specialized search experiences.

Users can access the desired scope from the drop-down list inside the search box. SharePoint 2013 allows users to have the power of enterprise-level search experiences.

  1. Web Content Management
    The web content management improvements in SharePoint 2013 simplify how users can design publishing sites, and enhance the authoring and publishing processes within an organization. With improvements in the process of embedding video directly into pages, shorter URLs, and better multi-lingual and multi-device support, Intranets and Extranets will be more efficient.
  2. Apps and the Marketplace
    SharePoint App model allows for much more flexibility and personalization, SharePoint App is a stand-alone, self-contained piece of functionality that extends the features and capabilities of a SharePoint site. There is a 'public store,' which is the main app store that Microsoft has been marketing heavily. Users connect to it from within SharePoint, and it adheres to the now standard rules of a typical store. There is a search function, and users can also browse by genre. Once selected an app is downloaded and installed directly onto the SharePoint environment.

The marketplace is expected to grow substantially in order to benefit users. SharePoint 2013 has been redesigned to allow independent third-party developers provide apps that extend the functionality of SharePoint.

We will continue SharePoint Features in future articles….

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