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What is SharePoint?

What is SharePoint?

Microsoft SharePoint is a collection of tools and technologies that help your organization share, organize, discover and manage digital information. 

ShareConnect with employees across the enterprise. Use SharePoint to engage with people, share ideas, and reinvent the way you work together.

Organize - Whether you’re working as a team or an individual, SharePoint helps you organize information, people, and projects.

Discover - SharePoint makes it easy to find answers, discover insights, and connect with experts.

Manage - SharePoint provides powerful controls that allow IT departments to manage cost, risk, and their time.

SharePoint Online and On-premise

SharePoint Online

A cloud-based service, hosted by Microsoft, for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can subscribe to an Office 365 plan or to the standalone SharePoint Online service. Your employees can create sites to share documents and information with colleagues, partners, and customers.

SharePoint Foundation

The underlying technology for all SharePoint sites. SharePoint Foundation (formerly Windows SharePoint Services) is free for on-premises deployment. You can use SharePoint Foundation to create many types of sites where you can collaborate on webpages, documents, lists, calendars, and data.

SharePoint Server

Organizations can deploy and manage SharePoint Server on-premises. It includes all the features of SharePoint Foundation. And it offers additional features and capabilities such as Enterprise Content Management, business intelligence, enterprise search, personal sites, and Newsfeed. 


On Premises


  • The SharePoint server farm is within the corporate network.
  • The IT Support team maintains the SharePoint farm and regularly applies Microsoft patches and updates.
  • On premise Active directory is used for authentication.
  • Full access to use and customize any SharePoint feature as needed.
  • Availability of Enterprise level services such as BCS, Performance Point, etc.
  • The SharePoint sites reside in the Microsoft Data Centre (MDC).
  • Microsoft applies the patch regularly.
  • Microsoft’s SLA ensures 99.9% availability.
  • Microsoft’s global network of data centers provides reduced latency and high network bandwidth.
  • Support for Client Side Object & App model.




Out of the Box Site Templates

Team Site - Enables teams to collaborate, share documents, and stay in sync.

Blogs - Produces a blog site - Produces a blog site.

Project Site Enables teams to manage and collaborate on a specific project.

Community Site Allows community members to congregate and discuss common interests.

Document Center Enables managing common documents in a central location.

Records Center Manages company records.

Business Intelligence Center Provides all the functionality required for business intelligence in SharePoint.

Enterprise Search Center Enables search and includes a number of search results pages for specialized queries, such as searching for people, conversations, videos, and general.

Basic Search Center Provides a general search center site. The basic lacks the multiple results pages of the enterprise class search center.

Visio Process Repository Stores business processes in Microsoft Office Visio format.

Publishing SiteCreates a blank publishing site. A publishing site is used to publish web pages for mass consumption.

Publishing Site with Workflow Provides the capabilities of the Publishing Site template and also includes approval workflows.

Enterprise Wiki Captures and stores information from a group collective.



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