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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 [email protected]

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


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