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As opposed to most other Intranet solutions SharePoint is not a software specifically designed as an Intranet solution. SharePoint is a platform with which you have to develop your specialised solutions according to your organization's needs.

SharePoint is a web application platform in the Microsoft Office server suite. Launched in 2001, SharePoint combines various functions which are traditionally separate applications: intranet, extranet, content management, document management, personal cloud, enterprise social networking, enterprise search, business intelligence, workflow management, web content management, and an enterprise application store.


Since the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft's primary channel for distribution of SharePoint has been Office 365, where the product is continuously being upgraded. New versions are released every few years, and represent a supported snapshot of the cloud software. Microsoft currently has three tiers of pricing for SharePoint 2013, including a free version (whose future is currently uncertain). SharePoint 2013 is also resold through a cloud model by many third-party vendors. The next on-premises release is SharePoint 2016, expected to have increased hybrid cloud integration

(SharePoint. (2015, September 13). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 12:14, September 16, 2015)

If you want to implement an Intranet with SharePoint you will have to design and to develop a solution on your own (or helped with by a consultancy or SharePoint partner).

After installing SharePoint 2013 Foundation:

Discovering what edition you will need and what features each edition has is no easy task for someone not very familiar with the platform (SharePoint feature availability across on-premises solutions).


SharePoint "out-of-the-box" - a report by CleaBox Consulting

More and more solution providers are popping up with ready-for-use intranets based on SharePoint. There is a report from ClearBox Consulting that lists and compares 26 pre-configured intranet solutions that are based on SharePoint (December 2016). ClearBox Consulting evaluated 26 turn-key SharePoint solutions and created a comprehensive report. More information about the report:

"SharePoint intranets in-a-box"


VendorMicrosoft Corporation
HeadquartersRedmond, USA
Area servedWorldwide
Number of employeesapprox. 130,000
Foundation year1983
Revenue$83 billion (2014)


SharePoint - Pricing
To get at least some general information about licensing you have to browse several links starting with the product page. After all pricing information is not available at a glance.


Marketplace / app store(tick)

SharePoint is available as on-premises installation as well as SharePoint Online too (and as SharePoint Online with Office 365 too).

SharePoint 2013 requires several components even for a single server with built-in database (e.g. Microsoft Windows Operating System, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1, Web Server (IIS) role, Microsoft. .NET Framework version 4.5). SharePoint 2013 actually gets even more complex if you intend to use server farms.

At a glance

As Sharepoint is a complete framework with which organizations implement their very own requirements in a very specific way for their organisation there is no "out-of-the-box" solution to describe.

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Activity stream(tick)Blogpost Activity feeds in SharePoint 2013
Blogging/News(thumbs up)  
Embedding of videos and podcasts(thumbs up)  
IP phoning(error) Available from Microsoft as separate product Skype for Business
Messaging(error) Available from Microsoft as separate product Skype for Business
Microblogging(thumbs up)  
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Video communication(error) Available from Microsoft as separate product Skype for Business


Almost all information about technical requirements, support, marketplace and company information is available, although it is spreaded over several websites and needs intensive search. via the product website. Only limited company information is available.

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