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SharePoint and Office Integration

Posted by workerthread on May 23, 2008

One of my clients asked for my opinion of Office 2007 recently, and in particular why they should bother to upgrade when Office 2003 seemed to cover everything they wanted.  For me, I think the most compelling upgrade area is the much much tighter integration with Office SharePoint Server 2007, and certainly, if you are using, or planning to use SharePoint, you should take a close look at the Office 2007 integration features.

To get you started, I would recommend a look at the white paper Microsoft Office Programs and SharePoint Products and Technologies Integration – Fair, Good, Better, Best.  This will give you a very good comparison of the way in which Office versions 2003 and 2007 work with SharePoint.

And my own favourite integration features:

Integration of SharePoint workflows, particularly with Word 2007, so that a workflow can be started from inside Word, or an approver or reviewer can update the workflow once a document is open.

SharePoint 2007 slide libraries and their integration with PowerPoint 2007.

SharePoint Excel Services and Web Access and the whole area of publishing workbooks and parts of workbooks online.

All of the BI improvements in Excel 2007, which make it an excellent client for SQL Server Analysis Services.

Blogging directly from Word or OneNote 2007.

Smart Client Authoring with Word 2007 and the Web Content Management features of SharePoint 2007.

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