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In SharePoint 2010 New Features, Simon Allardice highlights the new tools and user interface enhancements Microsoft includes in the 2010 version of SharePoint Server. This course covers document collaboration and the social computing features in SharePoint, editing pages, creating themes, and integration with Office 2010. Improvements to the user interface, as well as updated permission controls, are also demonstrated.
If you had the right permissions you can also create new SharePoint sites. Most of the time you'll do this from your Site Actions menu where you do have an option to create a new site, though you could also use the More Options choice. By clicking the New Site link if I have Silverlight installed I'll see the large Create menu. If I don't have Silverlight installed, I will see a more conventional web page, but choices are the same. It's just how they're presented is different. When creating a new site in SharePoint 2010 we have most of the old ones in SharePoint 2007.
Like the Team Site, Blank Site, Document Workspace, the five flavors of Meeting Workspace, and the Blog. We then have a new site called the Group Work Site. The group work site is similar to a team site in approach. It is about people collaborating together and getting multiple people working together. But it's got a different kind of focus. Instead of the conventional SharePoint calendar it's using the group calendar to arrange for multiple schedules at the same time. And it has some new Lists such as the Phone Call Memo and Circulations list.
If you find at the conventional SharePoint team site wasn't cutting it for you, you may want to take a look at the group work site. As it's always been the case the real power of SharePoint is that you're going to take different things from the different site templates and put together your own solution. Back on the Create Site page we then have five new site templates that end in the word Web Database. The Assets Web Database, Charitable Contributions Web Database, Contacts, Issues, and Projects Web Databases.
I'm going to create one of these just to show you what it looks like. I just need to give it a name and a URL. The URL will of course be based on the original URL of the parent site that I'm in right now. These five site templates that end in the words Web Database are all based on the new ability of taking Access 2010 databases and putting them on the web. If you are someone who lives and breathes Microsoft Access you're likely to find this very useful that you can take simple databases with forms and reports and just publish them and make them available on the web.
This example that we're looking at right now is simply an idea of what you can do by publishing an Access database into SharePoint. If I click on the different tabs, we can see that instead of seeing a conventional SharePoint list I see more Access database entry. If I go to my Options drop-down menu I do see a reduced set of options here, but in my Settings on this page I can see that instead of this website being comprised of the usual SharePoint lists and libraries, that it's made of tables, forms, and reports, conventional Access components and I do have an option at the top to open this up and design it inside Access itself.
Now, I don't really need this site so I'm going to select the option to delete it, and go back to its parent site. Selecting once again the option to create a New Site. The remaining site templates are round up with the couple of ones that has been there for a while, such as the Document Center and Records Center. Although the Records Center has actually changed in SharePoint 2010. We'll be talking about that a little later, and we will also be covering the different Search Centers that are available.
The last site template here is called the Visio Process Repository. And just as you can now take your Access 2010 databases and put them into SharePoint and make them available as a web site, you can also take your Visio 2010 diagrams and put them into SharePoint and make them available on the web site. You may see slightly different site templates available depending on how your SharePoint Server is configured, but this is quite typical for a SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition when you're creating sub-sites.
That is sites underneath an existing SharePoint site. There are a couple of different choices when you're actually creating a new site collection in SharePoint. Although you may not have the correct authority to be able to go into Central Administration and create a new site collection, you should know that when you do you have a couple of unique options here. One of them in the Enterprise section is called the Business Intelligence Center. This is new in SharePoint 2010. It replaces the Report Center of SharePoint 2007 and adds on the feature of using PerformancePoint for business intelligence information.
We'll be talking about this site by itself a little later. Although SharePoint is giving us some new site templates, it's also taking some away. In SharePoint 2007 one of the site templates you could use was called Collaboration Portal. this was actually the suggested site template for a small to medium Intranet. That doesn't exist in SharePoint 2010 as a default template out of the box. We do still have what's called the Publishing Portal, but the idea is that what was a Collaboration Portal you would now create yourself by putting your own collection of sites and functionality together.
We do also have something called the Enterprise Wiki. This is very similar to the Wiki Site in SharePoint 2007, but also has the Publishing feature enabled so there is more formality to the arrangement of pages in it. Now my intention in this course is not to explore every single site template. As ever, the best way to get familiar with new site templates in SharePoint has always been to create one and start experimenting with that and that's still the case in this version.
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