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What is SharePoint?

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 makes it easier for people to work together. With SharePoint 2013, your employees can set up Web sites to share information with others, manage documents from start to finish, and publish reports to help everyone make better decisions.

“SharePoint” is a shorthand system that people use to refer to one or more Microsoft SharePoint products or technologies. SharePoint 2013 products and technologies include the following:

SharePoint Online


SharePoint Online is a cloud-based service, hosted by Microsoft, for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying SharePoint Server on premises, any business can now simply subscribe to SharePoint Online to provide their employees with an enterprise grade solution for creating sites to share documents and information with colleagues, partners, and customers.

SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint Designer 2013 is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can compose no-code solutions that encompass a variety of common scenarios, from collaborative sites and web publishing to Line-Of-Business data integration, business intelligence solutions, and human workflows, leveraging the building blocks available in SharePoint in an easy to use environment.

SharePoint Workspace 2013

SharePoint Workspace is a desktop program that you can use to take SharePoint site content offline and collaborate on the content with others while you are disconnected from the network. While you and other team members are offline, you can make changes to SharePoint content that will eventually synchronize back to the SharePoint site.


Why Use SharePoint?

The capabilities of SharePoint 2013 work together to help your company quickly respond to changing business needs. Using SharePoint 2013, your people can share ideas and expertise, create custom solutions for specific needs, and find the right business information to make better decisions.

For IT, SharePoint 2013 helps you cut training and maintenance costs, save time and effort, and focus on higher business priorities.


Deliver the Best Productivity Experience ​ SharePoint 2013 helps your people be more productive. It offers a familiar Microsoft Office experience so that people can quickly and easily access the business information they need to get their jobs done.

Cut Costs with a Unified Infrastructure ​SharePoint 2013 helps you reduce costs by consolidating intranet, extranet, and Internet sites on a single platform—on-premises or in the cloud.

Rapidly Respond to Business Needs ​SharePoint 2013 gives you the best of both worlds: out-of-the-box applications and a platform for customized solutions. You can use the features of SharePoint 2013 just as they are or quickly create secure and easy-to-use solutions for specific business needs.