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Out-of-the-box intranets vs SharePoint

1 February 2022

What is the difference between out-of-the-box intranets and SharePoint intranets?

In this blog we cover:

Out-of-the-box intranet software providers vs SharePoint and Microsoft 365

Some out-of-the-box intranet software providers are quick to pick holes in the perceived limited features and functionality of SharePoint.

A flaw in these criticisms though is that they generally don't specify the edition of SharePoint they're describing.

To respond to this, ClearPeople have evaluated both SharePoint Online and Microsoft 365 against the criteria some well-known out-of-the-box intranet software providers list.

Many of the out-of-the-box intranet products are more comparable to SharePoint Online than SharePoint On-Premises which is why we've chosen this comparison.

Download the SharePoint & Microsoft 365 vs. out-of-the-box intranet providers comparison table.


Microsoft SharePoint as intranet

Microsoft SharePoint is one of the most popular intranet tools.

A SharePoint intranet is normally the first step to creating a digitalised, connected workplace where your team can access all the resources they need anytime and from anywhere.

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What is out-of-the-box in SharePoint?

SharePoint out-of-the-box (OOTB) delivers basic intranet features without the need for coding or third party tools. However, it has its limitations, including:

  • Complex to maintain. The platform was built to be customised rather than used straight OOTB.
  • Targeting of content is very basic.
  • Branding and user experience options are limited.
  • Templating, provisioning and governance is not automated and therefore prone to errors.

SharePoint out-of-the-box vs Atlas Digital Workplace


For modern businesses, a SharePoint intranet is not enough. Creating a collaborative workplace for remote, in-office, and hybrid work requires additional apps and tools.

Atlas delivers value-added features that extend an intranet into a digital workplace. A digital workplace encompasses all the technologies people use to get work done in today's working world.

> Read more about SharePoint out-of-the-box vs Atlas Digital Workplace






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Petula Aardenburg

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