Chapter 4. Create and configure service applications

Service applications enable SharePoint to go beyond simply providing content in a browser-based format. They extend SharePoint and provide a framework where other applications can provide services while getting the benefits of SharePoint. With service applications, SharePoint can use the power of Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Access, and Word right in the browser.

Service applications go even farther by allowing other SharePoint farms to consume certain services from other farms, so those farms can provide dedicated services such as Search or Word document conversions. This frees up the other farms to provide other services and allows for less duplication of services as well as ...

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