Collaboration trends are changing the way people work together. Social tools are essential to the daily lives of many people. The proliferation of social software demonstrates that users find value in this new generation of tools. Employees are now demanding this same value be delivered from their organizations. They want to engage socially with the people they work with and build stronger relationships within their companies. Traditional content management and collaboration solutions are incorporating new features to satisfy the social and information sharing demands of the enterprise. Microsoft’s latest release of SharePoint delivers a platform with an integrated approach to social computing.

The adoption of SharePoint in the business community continues to grow. SharePoint provides a wide variety of functionality in a single platform, and the 2010 version integrates the portal, content management, collaboration, search, forms and reporting workloads that organizations have come to expect with the social computing features that users demand. Technologically savvy users expect to interact with others using capabilities such as user ratings and comments, social networking, social tagging, micro-blogging and media sharing. SharePoint Server 2010 provides an enterprise environment that empowers information workers with social tools and experiences very similar to those available on the Internet. SharePoint blends social computing and traditional content management capabilities to enable people to work together effectively within a single platform.

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