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Tagging in SharePoint 2010

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Scott Jamison, one of the authors of Essential SharePoint 2010: Overview, Governance, and Planning, discusses one of the most eagerly anticipated new features in SharePoint 2010: the ability to tag documents (both authoritatively and socially), helping users to categorize and search for the documents they need.
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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.

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