There's nothing like teamwork for making progress on a project, but sharing information and building on each other's successes can be challenging when your team is scattered across the miles. Microsoft's SharePoint helps teams and organizations close the distance. With SharePoint, groups construct web sites specifically for collaboration--sites where individuals can capture and share ideas, and work together on documents, tasks, contacts, and events. It's the next best thing to being in the room together.Unfortunately, much of the documentation for SharePoint is written to help system administrators get it up and running, which often leaves end users in the dark. The SharePoint User's Guide takes another approach: this quick and easy guide shows you what you need to know to start using SharePoint effectively and how to get the most from it. You'll learn how to create sites that your organization can use to work together or independently, from an end user's point of view. Now, even beginners can learn how to:
access sites that are already set up
create new sites
use the document and picture libraries for adding and editing content
add discussion boards and surveys to a site
You'll learn how you can receive alerts to tell you when existing documents and information have been changed, or when new information or documents have been added. You can even share select information with partners or customers outside your organization. No one that uses SharePoint collaboration services can afford to be without this handy book.The SharePoint User's Guide is designed to help you find answers quickly, explaining key concepts and major points in straightforward language. With SharePoint, any team or organization can overcome geographic or time-zone challenges, and the SharePoint User's Guide will show them how.
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Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The animals on the cover of SharePoint User's Guide are a rooster and hens (Gallus domesticus). Roosters (male chickens) and hens (female chickens) are domesticated birds believed to have descended from the wild Asian red junglefowl. They are omnivorous, feeding on small seeds, herbs and leaves, grubs, insects, and even small mammals such as mice. Chickens can fly only short distances but can usually clear a barnyard fence if their feathers are not clipped. Since it is so widespread, the chicken is considered to be the most common bird in the world, with a population count reaching 24 billion (as of 2003).Humans have benefited enormously from the chicken's efficient reproductive process. When a rooster is placed among a flock of hens, fertile eggs generally appear within a couple of days. When a rooster dies or is removed from the flock, the hens will continue to produce fertile eggs for up to four weeks thanks to their handy "sperm nest" areas, which collect and store semen for later use. Hens quite clearly prefer dominant males to low-ranking ones, and almost always resist copulation with the latter. They try first to run from the assailant before sending out a cry for help to the dominant rooster. If all else fails, the hen simply ejects the assailant's sperm back in his direction immediately after the sexual attack. Matt Hutchinson was the production editor for SharePoint User's Guide. GEX, Inc. provided production services. Lydia Onofrei, Emily Quill, Claire Cloutier, and Colleen Gorman provided quality control. Ellie Volckhausen designed the cover of this book, based on a series design by Edie Freedman. The cover image is a 19th-century engraving from an unknown source. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with Adobe InDesign CS using Adobe's ITC Garamond font.David Futato designed the interior layout. This book was converted by Andrew Savikas and Judy Hoer to FrameMaker 5.5.6 with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Myriad Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano, Jessamyn Read, and Lesley Borash using Macromedia FreeHand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. The tip and warning icons were drawn by Christopher Bing. This colophon was written by Lydia Onofrei.
I am a technical writer (contractor) and, in my current assignment, I use SharePoint. This is the first time I've had access to SharePoint and I bought the book to help me get off to a fast start with it. The company that hired me did not provide any SharePoint training and expected me to use SharePoint successfully. Unfortunately, I did not have any permissions for editing and, using the book, I could not figure out what was wrong with my use of SharePoint. A simple introduction showing the interface with and without permissions would have saved me no small amount of frustration. I could have gone right to the team leader and requested editing permissions. Once I was able to start editing existing documents and creating my own documents, I was familiar with the various features of SharePoint and the book was of little value, going forward.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
If you know absolututely nothing about Sharepoint this is a good first read. We just implemented SP 2010 and it is quite a bit different than previous versions, starting with the ribbon. Unfortunately it makes this book very outdated.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend