Better with Office – Workspaces

Continuing this series of blog posts, I’m going to talk about document workspaces. The idea behind these is that sometimes a document needs multiple people working together on it. A document workspace is a site in SharePoint that can be used for collaboration. The standard template for this site includes a document library, discussion board,…


Better with Office – Workflows

SharePoint has two levels of workflow capabilities. With Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, you get the ability to create your own custom workflows either with code or using SharePoint Designer’s workflow wizard. With Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 standard, you get that ability still, but you also get some out of the box workflows for common…


Better with Office – versioning

This is the second part in my series of posts about the benefits of combining SharePoint with Office. I’m going to talk about versioning. Versioning is one of the major benefits a document management system has over a file share. A common scenario is for people to have a document stored in a shared network…


Better with Office – Metadata

What is metadata? The simple definition is that it’s data about data. In the case of SharePoint, it’s information about files and documents stored within SharePoint. There are some bits of metadata that are included as standard, such as who created a document, who last edited it, where in SharePoint it is and so on….


Better with Office – introduction

SharePoint is part of the Microsoft product stack. This doesn’t mean that it’s just another item on a Microsoft price list. What it means is that it’s designed to work with the other products Microsoft produces. In other posts, I’ve talked about using InfoPath and SharePoint together, but that’s not where it ends. There’s a…


It’s not piracy – it’s the Ultimate Steal

If you’re a UK higher education student or staff member, you can get Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for the ridiculously cheap price of £38.95 – if you buy before 30th June 2009. Just go to The Ultimate Steal, register with your academic email address and buy online.