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SharePoint is on a huge roll. Already a majority of Redmond magazine readers have some instances of SharePoint, and it's been that way for a good half decade. And here at Redmond, we use it to drive our CMS and to help us produce TechNet magazine, which we now produce for Microsoft.

SharePoint has taken hold in IT for a bunch of reasons: For one, Microsoft used to have bewildering array of collaboration tools (remember when Exchange was supposed to be groupware?), but shortly after buying Groove and deciding it was barely worth talking about, Microsoft put its considerable document sharing muscle squarely behind SharepPoint -- and nearly only on SharePoint.

Also, Microsoft is stubborn, and when it sticks with something it almost always turns out well. And with Microsoft working on version 15, it is a solid and mature product.

If the rumors are correct, the now 11-year-old product is keeping up the times. SharePoint 15 is rumored for release early next year.

SharePoint 2010 has rudimentary social media, but the next version is supposed to stand up well to the Twitters and the Facebooks of the world.

It appears that the new SharePoint will be aimed at the cloud first, servers second. Not just that, right now the cloud version of SharePoint is an inferior sibling to the on-premise software.

This cloud-first strategy makes sense. Out of all of Microsoft's server apps, maybe with the exception of CRM, SharePoint makes the most sense in the cloud. It is all about sharing, and split-second performance is not essential.

What are your thoughts on SharePoint? Think of a point and share it at

Posted by Doug Barney on 05/14/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Jul 13, 2012

I'm not sorry to burst your bubble but Silverlight is NOT dead. You know what else isn't dead? Windows XP, Office 2003, and countless other older technologies that are widely used throughout public, private, and gov't organizations globally. What percentage of public websites do you think are hosted on SharePoint? You don't know because that's not what SharePoint is about, just as Silverlight is not about playing games on your iPad, just as your iPad isn't about the Enterprise environment. You should consider the limited scope of your perspective before posting such ignorant comments - I'm embarrassed for you.

Sun, Jun 3, 2012

What an asinine comment above. Bring back silverlight. How foolish is that? Right, because HTML 5 and pure web is out and plugin's make so much more sense. Who cares if IOS doesn't support it either. Yes, silverlight is a great idea! Not! Silverlight is dead just like flash and good riddance to both. You don't like ASP.Net? You don't like HTML 5? Then you aren't a web programmer so go write C++ code and let the "real" web developers build true web apps for the masses.

Mon, May 14, 2012

Can only wonder if Microsoft is yet ready to listen, but one can only hope that is, or soon will be, the case. Easily the best thing to have happened to SharePoint over its long, long history was its support for the ascendancy of Silverlight to first class status. One can only hope that Redmond's finally getting the message, but without Silverlight, my years and years of SharePoint investment have now ended. Without Silverlight, my investment in Azure has now ended. Without Silverlight, my investment in Windows Phone has now ended. I can only continue to count myself among those who will not go away, will not keep silent, will not stop attempting to pound home the seriousnesso of the situation Microsoft created by its own hand, and will not forgive or forget what will forever be Redmond's simultaneously greatest achievement and most-horrific failure, the abandonment of Silverlight, that for which they'd finally succeeded in nurturing intense passion among their developer community. WPF is already dead, so count that out. No interest in HTML5 and long ago completely abandoned ASP.NET. So, again, without Silverlight, no more investment in SharePoint, no more investment in Azure and no more investment in Windows Phone. SharePoint: dead. Azure: dead. Windows Phone: dead. Windows 8, seemingly DOA, and while that's not the entire list, by any means, is anyone in Redmond yet concerning over the bleak landscape is willfully set about creating for itself? Sure hope so - give us back Scott Guthrie so that we might once again have a reason to believe because as of right now, we've nothing. NOTHING...

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