Something Good & Something Bad About SharePoint

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I'm trying to wrap my head around SharePoint. Why is it good? Why is it bad?

At a glance it appears to offer some incredible collaboration tools. However, the cost looks astronomical and it seems to be rigid & difficult to customize.

To those who've worked with SharePoint; please describe something good and something bad about it.




  • Document management is its most well-known function and integrates extremely well with Office 2007.
  • Create group calendars that can be overlayed onto your personal Outlook and managed on the web.
  • Notifications in response to certain actions on the group website
  • Wiki-type functionality with full integration into the Office stack.
  • Full database backend which gives you the reliability and safety of a true RDBMS.
  • Extremely customizable if you choose to develop custom websites using ASP.NET (not the built-in wizard/gui editor).
  • Form-data collection


  • Freebie version is somewhat limited on customization.
  • How to handle multiple editors to a single file is not obvious.
  • Workflow for offline editing of documents is non-obvious.
  • Very steep learning curve to use it the right way.
  • Getting people to use it is like getting people to go to the dentist.
  • Out-of-the-box templates don't do a lot.
  • Customizing without writing code really limits your options.
  • Integration with older versions of office is ugly
  • Mac integration is non-existant (has this changed recently?)