SharePoint User's Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2005
Pages: 150

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
  • personalize sites
  • use the document and picture libraries for adding and editing content
  • add discussion boards and surveys to a site
  • enhance security
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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Confusing - A user with no permissions

By Robarooney

from Des Moines, Iowa

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Pros

  • Affordable

Cons

  • No "real-world" examples

Best Uses

  • With someone who knows SP

Comments about O'Reilly Media SharePoint User's Guide:

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.

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Should be "Sharepoint StartingPoint".

By Brian

from Phoenix, AZ

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  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Outdated

Best Uses

  • Novice
  • Student

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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.

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