What is SharePoint?
SharePoint is a web application that is part of the integrated suite of technologies from Microsoft referred to as the "Office System," which includes other common applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook, to name a few. If you’ve spent time in the 2007 or 2010 versions of any of these other Microsoft applications, you will see a lot of similarities in the layout and design, and hopefully will be a bit more comfortable with the functionality right from the start.
Unlike the other applications in the Office System, SharePoint 2010 is a web-based application, so you don’t need any additional software installed on your computer. If you were given permission to update the website, and you have access to the internet, you are ready to go.
SharePoint is typically associated with web content management and document management systems. As a multi-purpose platform, the tool is used for a number of different purposes, like internal collaboration spaces, file management, and websites.
In this class, we focus on SharePoint’s website management functionality, which is how the University creates, updates, and maintains its web sites. Because you’re here, you’ve most likely been tapped as one of the lucky resources in your area to keep your web site maintained.