Many SharePoint hosting plans for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hosting include at no cost SharePoint templates that are instantly available for business situations, for example, such as Case Management for Agencies. These SharePoint hosting templates capture common functionalities, roles, and requirements of specific business processes or sets of tasks in groups and organizations. They can be applied to common business tasks, such as managing a help desk or expense reimbursement, to easily creating useful web-based applications. You can get basic Microsoft SharePoint hosting for as little as $8.95/month for unlimited users and with that package forty free SharePoint hosting templates for business that were developed by Microsoft.
The Case Management for Government Agencies application template, typically included at no cost with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hosting, helps agencies track the status of open cases. Using this hosted SharePoint template, case administrators have the option to designate a case as open or closed, upload supporting documents for a specific case, and assign a case to the case manager responsible for the case. The SharePoint hosting template also provides user specific screens that show cases and tasks ascribed by the user. In a single location, tasks can be created for each individual cases and supporting documents can be uploaded to help case managers maintain to do items and related information.
The SharePoint hosting templates are usually available instantly at no cost when one signs up for a basic SharePoint hosting plan. One can select site and workspace templates when setting up a new hosted SharePoint site via the Create page. The default templates that are included with SharePoint WSS 3.0 are arranged under two tabs in the Template Section area of the new SharePoint Site. The templates can be modified and saved under a different name. Thus, useful hosted SharePoint applications for your organization are available for use in less than half an hour.
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