Document Sets provide advanced flexibility and power for managing content. Per Microsoft, Documents Sets “are designed to manage all aspects of work products. They provide a user interface (UI), metadata options, behaviors, and object model elements that fill a gap in the hierarchy of containers between documents and sites.”
Source: Microsoft TechNet
Document Sets can share metadata with their contents, making it easier to tag and manage content. Workflows can be run on individual items within a set, or on the Document Set as a whole (ex. treating the Document Set as a legal case file, where once the case is closed, it is routed with all its content to a Records Center for storage and eventual disposition).
Brought online as a feature of SharePoint 2010, the SharePoint 2013 Document Sets continue to refine the capabilities of this encapsulation method.
- Support for OneNote
- Document Set icon now appears in search results
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