SharePoint portal is one of the best web portal software platforms, which includes features such as online presentation of information from various sources in a joined way with regular look and feel. SharePoint portal has some of important features also like digital board, email, news, announcements, wikis and blogs. Share point portals are used for building internet and intranet portals.
Microsoft's first portal application was known as Dashboard, which introduced the concept of boxes of information on a page that represented a summary or overview of information. By assembling several parts on a page, each user could customize his view of the portal to contain the information that pertained to them. In theory, every visitor of the site could have different content at the same URL. However, the technology behind the Digital Dashboard was not up to the task, and it never made it out of the beta stage.
At the same time, Microsoft's Office group was working toward a collaboration solution. The need for many people to contribute to a single document or worksheet was growing. And, these people were not necessarily working at the same location. The result was SharePoint Team Services (STS), a Web-based solution that allowed shared access to information and documents. STS also allowed end-users to make changes to the site via a Web browser instead of requiring a development-oriented application.
The merging of the collaboration and aggregation functions lead to SharePoint Portal Server 2001. Portal Server has been upgraded to run on the .Net framework and is now referred to as SharePoint Products and Technologies.
Like most portal products, SharePoint allows users to create custom views of the Web site. This customization can be very simple or very complex, depending on the type and version of the product that is installed. In addition, SharePoint has a powerful collaboration model that is tightly integrated with the Office 2003 suite.