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What is SharePoint? Five Common Ways to use SharePoint sites

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Today I would like to talk about common ways to use SharePoint.

What is SharePoint? SharePoint history

SharePoint was launched by Microsoft in 2001 and it was called “SharePoint Portal Server 2001”. The first release of SharePoint was supposed to be a platform for document and content management. Over a decade has passed since that time and SharePoint has undergone multiple changes. The latest release of SharePoint has far more functionality. Nowadays it is usually called a business collaboration platform or application platform. Since SharePoint combines in itself various technologies, solutions and numerous features, it is extremely difficult to give an exact definition to what SharePoint is and what it is used for. In the internet you can find dozens of definitions and explanations.
Depending on the type of business, a SharePoint platform can serve different purposes. It is a centralized system that can be accessed through multiple devices connected to the internet, therefore the most significant function of SharePoint is to join all your employees from different departments, offices, buildings, cities or even countries, and provide them with a single place to complete their daily jobs and communicate with each other.
SharePoint brings benefits not only to large companies with multiple users, but also to small businesses of any type.

Common ways to use SharePoint sites

We can distinguish the following most common ways to use SharePoint:

Document and content management system – from the very beginning until the present day, SharePoint platforms are continuously used by many companies as a file share system with advanced settings. A centralized place where documents and files can be securely stored and easily accessed by end users, a role based security system and other powerful content management features draws the most attention from customers.

Company intranet SharePoint – most successful company intranet portals are built on a SharePoint platform. SharePoint provides tools for social networking, creating blog sites and company wikis. It provides an environment convenient for receiving the latest company news, announcements, scheduling and managing personal tasks, contacts and verifying the statuses of the latest projects.

Public facing website – SharePoint can also be used as a platform for a company’s website. It allows the creation of multiple publicly available pages with company information, text, images and graphics. SharePoint supports advanced HTML editing and all modern web technologies. This results in the ability to run a 100% custom branded site. SharePoint publishing features enable administrators to control the content, design and update pages, as well as manage permissions for the site.

Team collaboration – SharePoint is a perfect tool for your teams to coordinate on projects, connect to sites from different devices and receive notifications about updates. SharePoint allows team members to stay connected to the process, check project statuses, schedules, communicate with each other and access all information related to the project.

Business Analytics – SharePoint Business Intelligence features provide the ability to get critical information from the insights and, subsequently, to enhance productivity, improve decision-making and increase profits for the company. SharePoint allows the creation rich dashboards, graphs and charts, display trends, setup key performance indicators and a lot more to analyze company data.

And last but not the least, SharePoint can be customized for a company`s specific use. It can be adapted to perform functions that meet the needs of your business and are critical for your company’s success.

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Best mobile clients for Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Android application.

Android client for Microsoft SharePoint 2010

As many of you know, the Android mobile operating system has exploded to be the second leading OS in the US. If you have an Android phone, wouldn’t it be great to get direct access to SharePoint Sites 2010 from your handset – and without the frustration of a mobile Web browser?

Well, now you’ve got it! NewsGator Social Sites 2010 for Android.
This Android application is a companion to NewsGator Social Sites 2010. You will need a NewsGator mobile license to deploy this application.
This Android application provides users with direct access to their Social Sites 2010 enterprise social computing environment. NewsGator Social Sites is the leading social business software most deeply integrated with the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 collaboration platform. This Android client gives Social Sites 2010 users the ability to access and interact with their activity stream, colleagues, and communities in SharePoint 2010. If you use a different type of smartphone you can access as well with Social Sites 2010 Mobile Clients for the iPhone, iPad, and BlackBerry®.

Social Sites 2010 Mobile Client users can:

  • View the activity stream to see what their colleagues are saying and doing
  • Enter a status update to keep colleagues informed of their latest accomplishments and activities
  • Access their community discussions and conversations
  • Upload videos, links, and photos to add richness to their interactions
  • Like or comment on colleague action and events (such as added documents, idea submissions, or bookmarked links)
  • Find and interact with colleagues and community members – initiate emails, phone calls, or targeted updates
  • Receive proactive notifications when colleagues like or comment on your activities

How to create a Chart on a SharePoint 2010 site

The Microsoft Office SharePoint Enterprise 2010 is a collaborative application that can be used by multiple users connected to the same server. On an established SharePoint website for a server, you can upload files and edit other users’ work. You can also add new Web parts to files, such as adding a chart Web part containing data from another file stored on your computer. Adding a chart to a SharePoint Enterprise page can be helpful when you want to visually express data to other users connected to the SharePoint website.

  1. Log into SharePoint site.
  2. Navigate to the site where you want to create a Chart.
  3. Select an existing page that you want to add the chart.
  4. Click the Insert tab and then click Web Part.
  5. Click the Business Data option from the Web Parts group. Click the Chart Web Part option and then click the Add button.
  6. Click Save & Close.
  7. Data and Appearance option and then click the Connect Chart to Data option.
  8. Select your data source type, such as a Excel workbook that has been published to Excel Services or other data source type, and then click Next.
  9. Select the file containing the data and then click the Next button two more times. ClickFinish and the chart with your data will appear on the page.

How to Change the Title and Logo Url of a Sharepoint 2010 Site

This guide will show how to change the title and the logo URL of your SharePoint 2010 site.

  1. Log into SharePoint.
  2. Navigate to the SharePoint site where you wish to change the title or URL.
  3. Click on Site Actions – Site Settings.
  4. Under Look and Feel, click on Title, description, and icon.
  5. Change the title of your site in the Title field and then specify a description in the Description field.
  6. Enter the Web address or path to the image file you wish to use in the URL field and enter a short description of the image in the Description field.
  7. Click on OK.

All steps you can see at this video.

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