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Group Collaboration Features
|Microsoft Office System
|Deep integration with Microsoft Office System programs allows teams to collaborate using the familiar tools they use every day.|
|Document Collaboration||Document workspace sites created using Microsoft Office Word take advantage of platform features by providing a document collaboration space.|
|Check-in and Check-out||Documents can be reserved by individual users for updating purposes.|
|Document Versions||Document changes are tracked and assigned different version numbers for auditing and rollback.|
|Browser-based customization||Changes can be made in a Web browser by dragging Web Parts onto personal or public pages, and then customizing them. Themes can also be applied using a browser.|
|Presence integration||Users can determine the online status of site members quickly by sending email or an instant message, adding the member to a contact list, and viewing current free/busy status.|
|Alerts||A user or site manager can add an alert to a list or list item so that they receive an email notification when changes are made.|
|Templates||Organizations can create custom site templates for distribution across teams. Click here to find out more about the downloadable application templates|
Wikis & Blogs
The goal of a wiki is to provide a space where members of a virtual community can edit any page with full freedom to introduce, alter, or remove content, including anything created by previous authors. Blogs are designed for more structured knowledge exchange and one-to-many communication while wikis enable a more collaborative experience. Both are powerful tools that can be used in a variety of ways from educating your customer base to providing an team to create more dynamic content online.
Much attention has been given recently to the next generation of online tools, dubbed Web 2.0. The premise is that barriers surrounding content creation will be lowered, allowing users to be producers as well as consumers of online information. Technologies like blogs and wikis will go a long way in changing how companies think about, store, and recycle corporate knowledge. Microsoft SharePoint is the best tool for developing and creating corporate blogs and wikis of your own today.