Plan communication (Windows SharePoint Services)
Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0
Enabling communication is a critical component for creating Web applications in which group members can interact with each other and keep up with changes to information through the use of alerts. The site collection features that are dependent on communications being properly set up include:
Online presence to allow real-time messaging between group members.
Alerts to notify group members when things have changed.
Administrative messages related to requests for site access and other site administration issues.
To make the most effective use of the communications features, planning should include understanding the software requirements. It should also include the privacy and security implications of enabling communication, particularly outside the corporate firewall.
Communications includes three components: online presence, incoming e-mail, and outgoing e-mail. Plan communication by using the following articles:
Plan presence integration (Windows SharePoint Services) provides information on how too enable users to see online presence of group members and start instant message conversations from within a site collection.
Plan incoming e-mail (Windows SharePoint Services) provides information on how to set up e-mail for discussion groups.
Plan outgoing e-mail (Windows SharePoint Services) provides information on how to use alerts and administrative messages.