Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

Summary:Microsoft's Kevin Turner on SharePoint: "It's viral in most companies. It's become the Facebook for the enterprise."

Microsoft's Kevin Turner was channeling chief Marc Benioff for a few minutes at the company's financial analyst meeting.

Turner, operating chief for Microsoft, was walking analysts through Microsoft's key businesses. After all, the business software unit is thriving. After a rundown of successes, Turner broke out the SharePoint love.

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He said:

SharePoint is the fastest selling commercial business product of all time in the history of Microsoft. Fastest to a billion dollars. It's viral in most companies. It's become the Facebook for the enterprise.

And it's absolutely got tremendous momentum that pulls a lot of the Microsoft suite with it.

If you've been following any of the collaboration and social enterprise companies, SharePoint is a common punching bag. Meanwhile, Benioff is looking to make Chatter the social enterprise standard.

Who knew everyone was dying to be the Facebook of the enterprise?


Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Social Enterprise


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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