At its highest level description, a SharePoint site is nothing more than a Web site designed to help users collaborate and communication information. In reality, a SharePoint site is much more than that. A SharePoint site is more like the framework for a living digital library that allows users to create many different Web interfaces to share information such as new sites, pages, lists, data views, charts, document libraries, blogs, applications, and much, much more. Users can store and retain information as well as quickly build new sub-sites, lists, views, charts, document libraries, and so on, with, in most cases, just a few clicks and a couple of keystrokes. Using Office integration, supported document types such as Word documents and Excel workbooks can be edited and even versioned, directly on the server, using the Web interface provided by SharePoint. As for Access 2007, some of the most powerful database applications can be built and integrated directly into SharePoint with extremely minimal effort from the developer.
The Access 2007 features for SharePoint 3.0 break out into two categories: features available on the SharePoint Server and the features used from within an Access application. Some of these features were available in the Access 2003, but many are all new in Access 2007. The following table provides a brief description of the Access 2007 features for SharePoint 2007 that you'll explore in this chapter.
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