Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

Summary: Microsoft is claiming the company is seeing 20,000 new SharePoint users added every day. And that's been the case for the last five years, the Softies say.

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Microsoft and its competitors are big on breaking down sales data in terms of number of units sold per day.

We've heard that Kinect sensors were selling at a rate of about 130,000 units a day. Last fall, the Redmondians claimed that they were selling 657,534 Windows 7 copies per day. There is a copy of Office 2010 sold every second somewhere around the globe, the Softies say.

It wasn't until today, however, that I had heard a comparable statistic about SharePoint.

Microsoft has been adding 20,000 SharePoint users per day, every day for the last five years, according to Jared Spataro, Director of SharePoint product management. That means 7.3 million new SharePoint users every year.

Microsoft hasn't gotten a lot more granular about SharePoint sales beyond that. We heard in 2009 that SharePoint was a $1.3 billion business for Microsoft and that there were more than 17,000 customers with a total of more than 100,000 million SharePoint users out there. The company isn't releasing updated user totals or numbers of SharePoint servers sold. (I asked.)

SharePoint turns 10 years old next week, by the way. The first of the product's four releases was in late March 2001.

SharePoint -- in case you aren't among its customers or partners who are deploying, maintaining and fixing it -- is the server sibling of Office. It is a collection of six different servers bundled into a single back-end that provide content management, enterprise social networking, intranet search, portal creation and management and collaboration.

This year will be a key one for the SharePoint product and team, as Microsoft will finally be introducing some of the new SharePoint functionality that it introduced with its SharePoint 2010 release (in mid-2010) into the cloud. Microsoft will be delivering some of those capabilities with Office 365, the Microsoft-hosted bundle of SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Lync Online and (later) CRM Online, which Microsoft is expected to launch around the first week of June 2011, from what I've heard.

SharePoint 15 -- the next version of SharePoint that will hit around the time Office 15 does (estimated to be in 2013, at this point) -- is in the midst of development. I wouldn't be surprised if we got a sneak peek, if not a very early test build, of the next SharePoint in this calendar year, too.

Spataro said that Microsoft is seeing interest from customers in putting portal, collaboration, content management and social-networking functionality in the cloud. But customers who've built custom business applications or who are linking to existing business applications from SharePoint are still more likely to use SharePoint hosted internally.

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Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Software

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  • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

    We?ve heard that Kinect sensors were selling at a rate of about 13,000 units a day.
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    It's more like 130,000. It's great bnews to hear that Microsoft is thrashing Google Apps.
    windowsphonepro
    • 130,000

      Missed a zero. Thanks. Fixed now. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
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  • Still a steaming pile of Dog $hit

    That Sharepoint.<br><br>The answer a question that <b>nobody</b> asked. <br><br>It's big, expensive, and forever tied to Microsoft.

    Our internal Sharepoint debacle is up to about 30 servers just for this POS app....
    itguy08
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08
      ..Our internal Sharepoint debacle is up to about 30 servers just for this POS app....

      Just for curiosity, were you involved in the project?

      Thanks,

      Joe
      seosamh_z
      • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

        @seosamh_z <br><br>Not at all other than saying we shouldn't do it. Yet our CIO at the time had a hard on for Sharepoint. And the new one inherited the mess - too expensive to say no.<br><br>And we went through 3 consultants, including Microsoft who couldn't get it to work right. 3 years later we deployed an application. It's cumbersome to admin, hard to use, and a house of cards waiting for the wind.<br><br>The latest consultants have no clue and constantly over spec things and typically have no clue.
        itguy08
      • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

        @seosamh_z <br><br>Sounds like a big company you are working for? Consultants will make the best of you if they can to make more money. I have a positive experience with sharepoint and it's a very big storage site we've got. At least you are not as bad as facebook with their 65,000 servers.
        panoslondon1
    • You seem to be working at a Microsoft shop

      @itguy08 Why don't you go work somewhere else where you are wanted. You seem to be in some perpetual apprenticeship forever in on the job training and instead of learning how to be a good IT Admin, you just complain.
      Mr. Dee
      • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

        @Mr. Dee

        I'm a great IT Admin. I just call it like I see it, fix what's broke and try to avoid it from happening again.

        I also hate Microsoft as I've seen what great things come when you get out of their mold. I've also been around long enough to see how they have ruined most of IT.
        itguy08
    • Sure it is itguy08

      @itguy08
      Sure it is. ;)
      John Zern
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08

      Anything can be botched. If you're typical of the negative defeatists your company hires then I'm not surprised your company botched their SharePoint roll-out. They probably had you working on it. The the fact that your CIO even lets you and your attitude remain there says a lot about him/her too.
      Mythos7
    • Wow!

      @itguy08

      It's as if you read my mind. I couldn't have expressed my current situation any better.
      sissy sue
    • Wow, you read my mind again!

      @itguy08, you said "..our CIO at the time had a hard on for Sharepoint....And we went through 3 consultants, including Microsoft who couldn't get it to work right."

      I have the feeling that our manager selected Sharepoint because it was the hottest thing, not the best for the process we were replacing. There were many mistakes that were made, but the one who took the fall was the poor Indian contractor (as if I couldn't have guessed whose head would be on the chopping block).

      Of course, I'm not the one who had the authority to make the decisions -- just the one who has to live with them!
      sissy sue
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08 I have seen people use SharePoint for things that it's just not supposed to be used for. Was that the case with your company too?
      It works well when it's used the right way for the kind of problems it's designed to solve. You can't blame Microsoft and SharePoint because your CIO decided to use it for solving world hunger; it was just not meant to do so. <br>You can only blame your CIO for it, and move out if you can..!
      Just_Another_Guy
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08
      You doeth think too highly of yourself! When you creat a piece of enterprise that garners 20,000 user per day, I might agree it is a POS. Until that time I think I'll call it a piece of success, or, is that what you meant?? Lol! Thank you for playing!
      eargasm
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08 : This coming from a guy who [from what I've read in other blogs] is anti-Microsoft [and you admit it in this thread]. "Up to about 30 servers"? Ya. Right. If you were involved you would know the number of servers.
      Gis Bun
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08 really? What document management tool does your company leverage?<br>How are you managing document revision control?<br>What does your CSO say about retention policy? How does your business enforce it? How do members of your business collaborate on documents? Are Office WebApps hosted internally useful? <br><br>Seriously - if your an idiot and can't figure it out it's probably because your IT department is trying to over manage the solution rather than trying to actually empower the business to use the tool.

      Another thing... a good tool means nothing without out the proper governance... of course IT falls flat on it's face and calls the tool a pile of Dog $hit when then don't have the business savvy or know how. Quit trying to do it yourselves and get a damn partner who understands your business... IT obviously doesn't.
      jessiethe3rd
    • RE: Microsoft: We're adding 20,000 new SharePoint users a day

      @itguy08 Our company bought into the SharePoint hype. All of us developers went to a 40 hour training course. We've since discovered it simply doesn't do what Microsoft promised. We no longer do anything new in SharePoint. It's been a big debacle. We were all on board. Now we're all pissed at Microsoft for overselling this pile of junk. It's impossible to manage and moving an app from one server to another? Forget it.
      Software Architect 1982