SharePoint's primary purpose is to create an environment that lets businesses collaborate on projects by sharing documents, spreadsheets and other files through a server that can be accessed by both parties. According to a recent Host Review report, SharePoint hosting has become a popular virtual server hosting solution.
Currently, SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Services are the most popular platforms for a SharePoint host, the report said. With these platforms, companies can share information through the internet, on an intranet or by using an extranet, the report said. SharePoint can also be used to create elaborate social media sharing plans, according to the report.
SharePoint hosting plans typically support a wide variety of features and collaboration options, including compatibility with mobile solutions, inter-office blogs to share between partners on a project, calendars that support task management and support for RSS feeds, the report said.
According to a recent Windows IT Pro report, companies considering SharePoint as the centerpiece of a collaboration effort need to focus on strategically deploying the application to ensure success. The report said SharePoint has such vast capabilities that users must work in concert to ensure an equal and cooperative experience.