In This Chapter
Getting ready to use SharePoint
Going to a SharePoint Web site
Navigating a SharePoint Web site
Stocking the SharePoint library
Coauthoring files with others
Exploring other SharePoint features
SharePoint 2010 is a software product by which people who work together can collaborate and share information. Coworkers can share files, list tasks that need to be done, and discuss their work with one another. Think of SharePoint as a digital office. Rather than gather in the conference room to share files and ideas, you share them on a Web site. Coworkers in different states, countries, and continents — but not different planets — can work conveniently together.
If you're reading this in an office or cubicle, ask the person nearest you whether your company shares files via SharePoint. If your coworker answers "yes," ask your coworker whether the Office Web Apps are installed on the company's SharePoint site. If your coworker answers "yes" again, you're in luck because you can collaborate and even coauthor documents using either the Office programs or the Office Web Apps on your company's SharePoint site, which by coincidence happens to be the subject of this chapter.
Whether your SharePoint Web site offers the Office Web Apps depends on its administrator. Administrators have the option of making Office Web Apps available on a SharePoint Web site. Before trying your hand with the Office Web Apps, make sure they are available on your company's ...