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

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."

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Microsoft's Kevin Turner was channeling Salesforce.com 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?

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Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Software, Social Enterprise

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

    ITT: Company reps misunderstanding what viral means.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

      @Aerowind

      sooo what does "viral" mean? I sure home you don't pull up a wiki article.
      blazing_smiley_face
      • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

        @blazing_smiley_face Viral is viral because it spreads like a virus. That is, someone sees it, they show it to someone else, who shows it to someone else, etc.

        I honestly doubt Corporations are so astounded at how good Sharepoint is that they go tell their competitors how much money it can make them.
        Aerowind
  • I agree with Turner

    There is an entire ecosystem built around SharePoint. To imagine the scale, there are more Sharepoint users than Linkedin and Google+ users. It is a huge investment in social collaboration.
    Your Non Advocate
    • BS!

      @facebook@...
      I have yet to meet a sharepoint user.
      The Linux Geek
      • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

        @The Linux Geek That is one of the hazards of living in your parents basements.
        Your Non Advocate
      • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

        @The Linux Geek
        WHAT?!!! I'M A consultant with a fortune 500, I move from project to project on different clients, think companies like Shell and Exxon and every single one of those companies probably has close to 200 to 300 deployments of SharePoint, you know why? Microsoft Office integration, even information about Linux servers and tech arch is stored on MS SharePoint...
        Hasam1991
    • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

      @facebook@... It isn't "social collaboration". Social collaboration is when the Amish have a barn raising. Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn users aren't working towards some common goal. It's just a bunch of people saying "look at me!" and competing for friends/followers/hits/views/attention. Social competition is the apt description.
      jgm@...
      • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

        @jgm@... Then, imagine SharePoint as the equivalent of an Amish barn raising.
        Your Non Advocate
  • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

    If anyone is looking for work this is a great field to be in right now, look up SharePoint administrator... lots of hiring going on...
    Hasam1991
    • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

      @Hasam1991
      +1. Totally agree to that. Learn SharePoint and BizTalk, you are secured.
      Ram U
      • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

        @Rama.NET +1
        Your Non Advocate
  • No, it's anal!

    Unfortunately I have to use Sharepoint and I can tell you it's ANAL!!!
    Pu-239
  • Beware Catching The Virus!

    Funny how Microsoft was trying to use "viral" like a bad word when describing an open-source licence like the GPL, yet here it is suddenly trying to use it as a positive marketing term.

    PR backfire, much?
    ldo17
  • RE: Microsoft: SharePoint is 'viral,' the real Facebook for the enterprise

    After prepping for a second 'MySite' launch on Sharepoint (the first launch was 2008 and I think maybe 1% of our company actually logged in a second time), it looks like Facebook circa 1995.
    Gritztastic