Alfresco tackles the SharePoint lock-in with a key

Is the SharePoint lock-in any better if you've got an open source key? Alfresco Version 3.0 has added SharePoint Protocol support .

John Newton, Alfresco CTO
Readers with long memories may recall how last year Matt Asay, Alfresco executive and C|Net blogger, whom I've taken to calling Big Money Matt (pure jealousy) was screaming about how evil Microsoft SharePoint was.

It's a new type of lock-in, an Electronic Content Management (ECM) strategy as dangerous as Office or Windows itself, he warned.

Is the SharePoint lock-in any better if you've got an open source key? Alfresco Version 3.0 has added SharePoint Protocol support . (The press release is now online.)

Asay's British-based boss, John Newton, is making the press calls on this one.  He is also answering those "vision" questions on his own blog.

You can thank Microsoft for this, Newton says. It was Microsoft's release of its SharePoint Protocols which made the new capability possible.

Will an open source ECM be able to challenge Microsoft in the marketplace? Only a little. But for many customers a little can go a long way.

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