Microsoft SharePoint is a popular web platform developed by Microsoft for small to large organisations. It is designed as a centralized replacement for multiple web applications, and supports various combinations of enterprise website requirements. It is typically associated with web content management and document management systems.
SharePoint's multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of: intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform.
SharePoint is designed to be highly scalable. It is capable of supporting multiple organisations on a single 'server farm'. Microsoft provides SharePoint as a free product, it sells premium editions with additional integration and functionality, and it also provides SharePoint as a cloud computing solution as part of Office 365 and BPOS. The product is also often sold as a cloud solution by local third-party vendors.
SharePoint provides various methods for customization and configuration of web areas, all of which have granular governance configurations. Beyond basic page-editing, file-storing and custom design ('branding') capabilities, one of the more prevalent forms of configuration is the ability to install third-party customizations called 'web parts' (i.e. widgets/gadgets).
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