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Did you know that Microsoft SharePoint has over two hundred million users around the world?

Originally released in 2001, SharePoint has been dramatically updated and improved since then. It has become an indispensable tool for thousands of organizations.

But what is Microsoft SharePoint used for? And what are the advantages of using SharePoint for businesses?

Read on to find out…

What is Microsoft SharePoint Used For?

Microsoft SharePoint is a document exchange and data collaboration software product. It operates on a Windows Server and is compatible with all Microsoft programs.

It is used by a range of businesses worldwide, including many Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft Food and Northwestern Mutual.

Businesses profit from record management, auditing, and signature approval services, to name just a few.

What Are The Benefits of SharePoint?

  1. Familiar Software

As part of the Microsoft family of software products, SharePoint has a recognizable interface. It seems immediately familiar to new users.

Employees are quick to learn how to use SharePoint, and it complements work carried out on other Microsoft programs.

This support services provider mentions that SharePoint enables easy transitions across Microsoft products. This includes Microsoft Teams, Excel, Exchange, OneDrive, and more.

  1. Secure Data Sharing

SharePoint helps businesses keep confidential information confidential. It has flexible security settings depending on who is viewing the data. SharePoint allows businesses to feel comfortable about their compliance and privacy policies.

Operating on a Windows Server, SharePoint allows users to work with confidence and ease. This is thanks to the information security features and systems of Microsoft.

  1. Simplified Collaboration

A significant feature of SharePoint is the ability it gives users to access data from different devices and locations. In this way, employees from all over the world can access and collaborate on projects in real-time.

Also, Microsoft SharePoint enables multiple users to edit active Excel spreadsheets simultaneously. This is particularly useful when implementing updates in app development projects, for example.

  1. Accelerated Day-to-Day Processes

One helpful tool of SharePoint is the ‘enterprise search’ feature. This allows employees to browse all relevant data – provided, of course, that it’s not confidential information.

Moreover, documents saved to SharePoint are accessible via many internet browsers. This includes Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, and Firefox, which is a huge benefit for web developers.

  1. Cost-saving Software

Firstly, SharePoint saves time – and thus money – by streamlining business practices.

But also, utilizing SharePoint alongside OneDrive is often a great way of saving expenses. It removes the need for a separate cloud-storage service, as all your data is kept secure by these Microsoft Office products.

Moreover, it can be integrated with existing systems (such as jQuery and Nintex), so there’s no need to overhaul your business’s practices.

Could SharePoint Help Your Business?

We’ve now discovered five of the benefits of SharePoint and discussed what is Microsoft SharePoint used for. So could it benefit your business?

From its ease of collaboration, to the reliable security of data, there are many reasons to opt for SharePoint.

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Today I’m covering a topic that’s close to my heart for a few reasons, while this might not reflect the normal tone of this site, I hope that a number of you would find it interesting regardless.

Considering my career as a web developer and to some extent webmaster, I’ve always been spending hours every day in front of the computer. With me having begun my foray into Machine Learning with OpenCV2 and Recurrent Neural Networks with Python, I consider myself adept at most software.

However, the one program that has always scared me was for the longest time Excel. This piece of software I first learned about back in 1999 or 2000 when I was still in school. Our teacher was not able to teach us anything at all, looking at the manual himself. So my first experience with this spreadsheet monster was not a positive one, and unlike Word, I felt in over my head with the options and functions that was to offer.

I did not particularly need to know about Excel spreadsheets in detail at the time, so I went on with my programming life, playing with HTML, PHP and other such basic coding languages. Once I got a job however, it became clear that I could no longer avoid learning more about the software. So I bought a Dummy’s book about it. Not that it helped at all, at the time there was so little good and relevant information in those types of books. So I learned by trial and error eventually, all the while wishing that there’d been a proper course about Microsoft Office’s Excel out there.

Fast forward 17 years or so, I now have a son who just asked me to teach him Excel for his math work at school. All that information I learned back then had long since been forgotten, so once more I was horrified at the prospect of learning Excel, and even more so – teaching my son.

However, in our modern day and age there are no limits to the possibilities and benefits of online Excel courses, and a Google search revealed that there were a few candidates out there. The one I ended up with, and would recommend is a site called Earn and Excel, and their blog posts resonated with me somehow, and reflect my own philosophy to some extent.

Like in all types of courses, and studies in general, you have to take it seriously and stay focused. It helps knowing exactly what it is you want to learn as well, and not just expect to become a master of the entire spreadsheet all at once. So when I was reading about how to ensure success for my son in his online endeavor, I came across a post by Sohail from Earn and Excel that covered all my concerns in one single post.

It doesn’t matter if you pay for a course or if it’s free, if you follow the advice from the post linked to above, I’m sure your results will be much better than if you had not.