SharePoint 2010 Overview
SharePoint 2010 has quickly become the standard for managing content within an enterprise. Microsoft breaks SharePoint into six key feature areas as follows:
- Sites. Core capability to facilitate the creation and management of web pages that contain, display, and aggregate content.
- Communities. Ability to interact with (and solicit feedback from) other users through social tools.
- Content. Enterprise content management (documents, records, web content, rich media).
- Search. Ability to find information and people across SharePoint and other sources.
- Insights. Business intelligence tools.
- Composites. Ability to create applications rapidly (mashups, composite applications, and so on).
Interestingly, one common feature benefits most of these areas: tagging. For example, when managing files and other content in SharePoint, often it's best to tag information in order to keep the content well-organized. To get the greatest benefit from searches within SharePoint, it helps tremendously if content is well-tagged. Finally, social interactions just wouldn't be the same if users didn't have the ability to tag content informally or to update their own user-profile properties.