All of us have heard about Microsoft SharePoint, but does everyone have a good idea of what SharePoint can actually do? Millions of people around the world are actually using it but still are unaware of distinct tasks SharePoint can actually perform. If you are using the current version (Microsoft 2016) or the version before that (SharePoint 2013), this introductory post will provide an overview of this noteworthy collaborative software.
So, What is SharePoint?
Microsoft SharePoint is a software solution that is installed on Microsoft Windows Server, with Microsoft SQL Server working as the database behind it. The main purpose of this SharePoint was to provide an online system to share documents and data in a way that does not require knowledge of any language. While software engineers can certainly broaden the functionality of SharePoint, even the basic pack of SharePoint will offer enriched tools and features to develop sophisticated websites. The intranet and extranet sites allow publishing of data for a broader audience and ensure that both large and small groups can collaborate effectively on a single project.
SharePoint was basically used as a document storage system, SharePoint provides a smart storage system when compared to a local or shared drive. Users can easily navigate in a well-designed SharePoint document library, these libraries also provide many tools for approvals, versioning and advanced content management.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the cool features SharePoint 2013 has to offer:
Social Interaction has made much more convenient and easy in SharePoint 2013 by enabling Yammer in it. There has been a bunch of changes and upgrades done here. Functionalities like referencing different users, hashtags, Community Sites and Portals are only a couple of things newly added in here. Now yammer has become the most popular and widely utilized enterprise social platform.
Today, SharePoint has made collaborating the documents on the go. Therefore, it’s truly sensible to find tons of new functionality over there. Now the SharePoint and its Office 365 partner gets supernatural Collaboration features like Drag & Drops, Geo-localization and External Sharing etc. What’s more, this has not been all the features that have been integrated into the existing features.
Without the capacity to Search through Sites and Libraries, SharePoint would be missing out the main point, therefore a new search engine and added a new set of search features like new web parts, new crawling options along with multiple features and query suggestions.
Branding, this is what that brings out the key change in the current version of SharePoint and its latter! This new version enables you to do substantially more to develop beautiful master pages. Branding doesn’t always mean the site itself or the look and feel of the website but also about how our news pages look and even the search results. Content search is a new element added in SharePoint 2013 which makes it easier for power users to effectively demonstrate what they want to say.
Web Content Management
Every issue related to the web pages can now be easily resolved with the current version. This functionality makes managing these pages simple and instinctive for your end users by providing a great user experience. The new functionalities make use of digital assets, image renditions, clean URL’s and powerful Meta navigation which makes it easy to meet the needs of the users effectively.
Improved public-facing Website Hosting
Hosting a public website on SharePoint 2007 was very difficult and time-consuming task. Hosting that same site on SharePoint 2010 was better. SharePoint 2013’s capacities in this regard was a characteristic evolution into maturity. The new release incorporates the capacity to serve up pages on various devices. SharePoint 2013 likewise incorporates various features for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), including XML based sitemaps, friendly URLs.
Improved Business Intelligence
In the 2013 release, SharePoint has expanded their capabilities to expose business intelligence and big data reports. In SharePoint 2013 the PowerPivot program has got even more powerful where you can work with billions and rows and columns directly in memory.
That is only a small fraction of what’s underneath the SharePoint 2013. SharePoint has now turned out to be a major part of any organization around the world. SharePoint 2013 delivers some key upgrades including the ability to change the level of understanding you have about your business.