The Productivity Hub is a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 site collection that offers training materials for end-users. Note: there is a new version of the Hub available for SharePoint 2010 SP1 environments.
Microsoft has developed the Productivity Hub to help support your ongoing end user training efforts.
The Hub is a SharePoint Server site collection that serves as a learning community and is fully customizable. It provides a central place for your training efforts, and includes training content from Microsoft’s core products. Microsoft also provides ongoing and updated content packs.
The Hub uses SharePoint Server’s social networking capabilities, such as blogs and discussion groups. In addition, it offers the Coach program, a change management feature to help you train end users to self-help, reducing the burden on your training and IT staff. The Coach program impacts productivity in a collaborative and positive way.
The 2010 version of the Productivity Hub includes a quiz feature, a section called ‘Get it Done’ that offers training for tasks such as email management and collaboration, and also features Silverlight. However, instructions are also provided to use non-Silverlight web parts, if needed.
What the Productivity Hub is:
- Format: Pre-loaded SharePoint site collection, optimized for Web 2.0 functionality and easily deployed within SharePoint Server 2007 or SharePoint 2010 environment, depending on version
- Content: Convenient end user productivity training in a variety of formats (documents, videos, podcasts, etc.). Receive free quarterly updates of content that you will learn about through the Productivity blog.
- Blog: The Productivity blog offers tips and tricks for end user productivity. Use it as is, or your training staff can use the posts as their own to help them get started in running an internal blog.
- Train the trainer: Includes IT/Manager section to aid with deployment of the site collection, and guidance to develop the Coach program
- Products: Office (2007 & 2010), SharePoint (2007 & 2010), Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, Project (2007 & 2010), Visio (2007 & 2010), Publisher (2007 & 2010), Live Meeting 2007, Communicator 2007, Groove 2007 and Lync 2010
You can also download additional content packages that expand the training materials you can make available through the Hub.
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Windows XP or later
2007 Office System
SharePoint Server 2010
You will also need Silverlight for the 2010 version of the Hub. Check the installation guide for the correct version.
Note: SharePoint 2010 SP1 requires a different version of the Hub that can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28178.
SharePoint Server 2010 Installed
The Microsoft Productivity Hub 2010 solution is packaged as a set of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 features with related content. To install the Productivity Hub solution, you must have Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 Standard edition or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise edition already installed and configured.
This download offers you the benefits of registering with Microsoft. Click the Continue button near the top of this page to register. After you have gone through the registration process, you will be returned to this page to begin the download.
Add-on Content Packages
Periodically, content packages are added to this download page. These content packages will keep you up to date with the latest help files for Microsoft desktop applications. For example, the 1st content package contains more than 200 additional training materials that you can add to the Microsoft Productivity Hub. The package also includes materials for five new products — Live Meeting, OneNote, Project, Publisher, and Visio — as well as additional content for Access, Communicator, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Word. Make sure to install the Hub and the default content before installing these content packs.
To enable the search capabilities within the Productivity Hub, a Shared Services Provider must be associated with the Productivity Hub site collection and configured to search the Productivity Hub site collection.
Once installed, the solution consumes roughly 750 megabytes of disk space. The majority of this is content (e.g. large video files and Office System documents) which SharePoint manages via its content database.