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1 XWiki is a [[second-generation wiki>>platform:Main.SecondGenerationWiki]]. What we mean by this is that XWiki is a wiki, but it also is an application development platform in its own right. An application is a set of pages that adds new functionality to the wiki - such as a [[blog>>extensions:Extension.Blog Application]] or a [[task manager>>extensions:Extension.Task Manager Application]].
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3 XWiki offers both the features expected from a professional wiki (such as powerful access rights and user management) and the possibility to create new applications on top of the platform. This means that you can extend the wiki's feature set with new ones pretty easily. For instance, you could create a FAQ or an application to manage product sheets.
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5 {{velocity filter="none"}}
6 {{html clean="false" wiki="true"}}
7 #startfloatingbox() [[image:example.png||height="330"]]<br/>
8 //4 examples of how XWiki is being used - clockwise from top left: <br/> as a community hub, as a presentation website, as a public <br/> wiki and discussion platform, as an education solution.//
9 #endfloatingbox()
10 {{/html}}
11 {{/velocity}}
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13 This allows XWiki to be used for a variety of use cases, such as:
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15 * Intranets
16 * Public web sites
17 * Knowledge management
18 * [[CMS>>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Content_management_system]] needs
19 * Project collaboration
20 * Portal with mashed-up data from external sources
21 * Competitive intelligence,
22 * Public debate,
23 * Collaborative creation of school courses
24 * and [[more>>References.WebHome]]...
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26 XWiki comes with a number of applications already built-in, detailed on the [[Features page>>Documentation.UserGuide.Features.WebHome]].
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28 A list of applications and macros for XWiki is available [[on the extensions wiki>>extensions:Main.WebHome]].
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31 **Next: [[XWiki basic concepts>>Documentation.UserGuide.GettingStarted.XWikiBasicConcepts]]**
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