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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Web Applications The Complete Reference by Charlie Holland

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CHAPTER 12 Excel Services

SharePoint started life as a collaboration tool that allowed teams to create basic web sites and use them for sharing documents. Building on this idea, the good folks at Microsoft added some integration between Microsoft Office applications and SharePoint, allowing documents to be opened and edited from a SharePoint site in the same way as a network file share. Given that the aim of the game was to make collaboration easier, this worked very well. Users had a central location for all documents relating to a particular project and could seamlessly access them.

There was a drawback, however: This system was great for static documents, such as Microsoft Word docs, that can easily be displayed on a web site without losing ...

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