Terms and Definitions

Azure AD (Active Directory)

Azure Active Directory is a cloud-based identity provider which allows employees in your organization sign in and get access to Microsoft 365 as well as many other SaaS applications.

Azure DevOps

Azure DevOps Services (formerly Visual Studio Team Services) is a cloud-based product that provides version control, requirements management, automated pipelines for builds and releases, and testing capabilities.

Classic SharePoint UI

User interface (UI) that is available in SharePoint 2013/2016/2019/Online. Classic UI based on server-side rendering.

Crawled Property

A crawled property in SharePoint search stores content and metadata that is extracted from an item by the crawler, such as a text of a document, author, or title. Crawled property is not retrievable but may be mapped to one or more managed property.

Custom Action

Custom action represents a link, ribbon component, menu item, or toolbar item. Custom action can be bound to list type, content type, or file type.

Document Library

A special type of list that stores files, folders, and information about them. Document Library, as well as List, can contain personal or shared views, item-level permissions, and so on.

Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based set of SaaS applications and services that combines customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Event Receiver

An Event Receiver allows handling the events within Site, List, or Document Library.


A Farm is a group of servers that work in concert to provide SharePoint services to deliver functionality for the end-users.

Farm Solution

Farm solution is a package that can be deployed to an on-premise SharePoint Farm. Farm solution has full access to system resources and other sites on the farm.


A feature is a set of SharePoint elements (artifacts) such as the following: site column, content type, web part, application page, custom actions, list template, list instance, and others.

Feature Scope

A Feature Scope at which a feature is defined for. A Feature can be defined for Farm, App, Site, or Web.

Hub Site

A promoted SharePoint site that allows you to associate other site collections to it and provide common navigation, search within associated sites, news, and site activities. There may be more than one hub site in a SharePoint Online tenant, but a site can be associated only with a single Hub Site.


A list is a storage unit in SharePoint. The list can contain columns of different types, content types, views. Document Library is a special type of List and therefore Library inherits the functionality of List.

Managed Property

A Managed property in the SharePoint search schema defines what data from crawled properties are included in the search index. Managed properties have a large number of settings to determine how the contents are shown in search results. Managed Properties may be referred to in search queries to specify which information you need to return.

Microsoft Graph

REST API secured with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Open Authorization (OAuth 2.0) provides a single endpoint to provide access to data and services in Microsoft 365 such as SharePoint, Outlook, OneDrive, Teams, and others.

Microsoft Teams

A chat-based collaboration platform for business communications with useful features for online meetings, live events, document sharing.

Modern SharePoint UI

Modern SharePoint UI is available in SharePoint 2019 and SharePoint Online. Modern SharePoint UI is not compatible with Classic SharePoint UI. Server-side web parts and other UI extensions such as Ribbon Elements, User Controls not supported by Modern UI.

OneDrive for Business

OneDrive for Business (previously SkyDrive Pro) is a managed cloud storage for work or school organizations that lets you share and collaborate on work documents with co-workers. Physically hosting infrastructure for OneDrive for Business can be hosted on-premises or in the cloud as a purchased service.


SharePoint is a web-based collaboration platform that provides content management, document management, workflow applications, search service, and other tools to empower employees and teams to work together. In addition, SharePoint is a secure place to store, organize, and access shared information.

SharePoint App Catalog

A special SharePoint site collection to store SharePoint and Office applications to make them available within the web application where the App Catalog is configured.

SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

Model for building client-side web-part, components, and extensions for SharePoint Online, SharePoint On-premises, and Microsoft Teams. SPFx customizations are based on JavaScript and support Modern UI natively.

SharePoint Online

Cloud version of SharePoint, a web-based collaborative platform within Microsoft 365 provides an extensive range of capabilities to store, share, and manage digital information, content, and knowledge of an organization.

Unified Interface (Dynamics 365)

Unified Interface based on responsive web design principles to ensure all Microsoft Dynamics 365 applications provide a consistent viewing experience for any device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone) and any screen size.

User Profile

A user profile is a set of properties that describe a user. The properties include basic information about the user, contact details, and other data. The user profile is used for such services as Delve, My Site, and others

Web Part

Web Part is an essential primary component of functionality or content placed on a SharePoint page. In addition, some web parts support customization, such as a configuration of a specific web part or its appearance.