SharePoint is a web application that integrates with Microsoft Office. Launched in 2001, SharePoint is primarily sold as a document management and storage system, but the product is highly configurable and usage varies substantially between organizations.Microsoft states that SharePoint has 160 million users across 75,000 customer organizations.
Microsoft SharePoint Server
SharePoint Server is provided to organizations that seek greater control over SharePoint’s behavior or design. This product is installed on the customer’s IT infrastructure. It receives less frequent updates, but has access to a wider set of features and customization capabilities. There are three versions of SharePoint Server: Foundation (free), Standard, and Enterprise, although the free version may have been discontinued in 2016. These servers may be provisioned as normal virtual/cloud servers, or as hosted services.
Microsoft SharePoint Standard: Microsoft SharePoint Standard builds on the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation in a few key product areas. Audience targeting, governance tools, Secure store service, web analytics functionality.
Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise: Built upon SharePoint Standard, Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise features can be unlocked simply by providing an additional license key.