SharePoint 2010 is yet another Microsoft’s version of the SharePoint. Looking back, SharePoint was created with an aim to provide enterprise level capabilities for meeting the critical needs of businesses like business process management, content management and simplifying the process of finding and sharing information across organizational boundaries so as to take better informed decisions. Though the aim still remains; the different versions have brought about various improvements in capabilities and features.
The new SharePoint 2010 is packed with features like Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Foundation, Server and Designer offering customization and design capabilities like never before. This new version provides better and easy creation and management of sites that are viewable and accessible across the organization.
The Six Pillars
Similar to the SharePoint 2007, which was released 3 years ago and is a predecessor to the new Share Point 2010, there are six pillars to the software. Here’s a peek at both:
Microsoft SharePoint 2007 (Six Pillars)
- Business Intelligence
- Content Management
- Business forms
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (Six Pillars)
The New Features
Microsoft has made considerable amounts of improvements in its SharePoint 2010 like enhanced social capabilities, user interface improvements, better business intelligence, better integration with various other systems and advanced documents and records management.
The major website content management improvements include:
- Intuitive content editing or authoring experience
- Better support for language integration in website development
- Improved categorization and organization of content
- Enhanced search capabilities with more relevant results and better view ability
- Inclusion of Web Analytics
- Viewable on most browsers – better support
The inclusion of the new pillar – ‘Communities’ enables users to integrate social media features through:
- Ability to design and create complete user profiles
- Inclusion of tools like Wikis, activity streams, blogs and RSS feeds.
- Creation and designing of special interest groups to share projects and knowledge
- Ability to interact and comment on user profiles
- Creation of personalized dashboards to track self performance
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