Microsoft SharePoint technology, known as SharePoint Team Services, is a collection of products and services which provide the ability for people to engage in communication, document and file sharing, calendar events, sending alerts, tasks planning, and collaborative discussions in a single community solution. SharePoint enables companies to develop an intelligent application which connects their employees , teams , and information so that users can be part of a Knowledge Community.
Before you can use SharePoint Team Services, SharePoint needs to be set up and configured on a Windows 2003 Server by your network administrator or Internet service provider.
SharePoint is integrated into Office 2003 and enables you to share data and documents using the Shared Workspace task pane directly from Office Excel 2003, Office Word 2003, or Office PowerPoint 2003. The Shared Workspace task pane allows you to see the list of team members collaborating on the current project, find out who is online, send an instant message, and review tasks and other resources. You can use the Shared Workspace task pane to create one or more document workspaces where you can collect, organize, modify, share, and discuss Office documents. The Shared Workspace task pane displays information related to the document workspaces stored on SharePoint Team Services. In addition, you can also publish a data list in Excel to a SharePoint server so that other team members with the appropriate privileges can view and make changes to the list.