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Managing Files and Folders on a SharePoint Server

Some editions of Office XP included an add-on called SharePoint Team Services. An updated version of this software, Windows SharePoint Services, is included with Microsoft Windows 2003 Server. (You might need to download the SharePoint Services installation package if your copy of Windows 2003 Server was manufactured before the final release of Office 2003.) Microsoft sells a more powerful version of this collaboration platform, called SharePoint Portal Server, for use on large networks. With a SharePoint server available (usually on an intranet), co-workers can share and discuss files on a Web server, using an attractive Web-based front end.

Office 2003 integrates exceptionally well with SharePoint servers. Depending on how the SharePoint administrator has configured the network, you can access SharePoint document libraries directly from Office common dialog boxes. Storing an Office document on a SharePoint server also allows Office 2003 users to take advantage of a number of collaborative functions. Use the My Network Places folder from an Office Open or Save As dialog box to work directly with a SharePoint shared folder.

For more details on how to use SharePoint services with Office 2003, see Chapter 9, "Office and SharePoint."

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