SharePoint: Microsoft's Web 2.0 hub

SharePoint: Microsoft's Web 2.0 hub

Summary: To Microsoft's Office team, Web 2.0 does not mean a Web-centric version of Microsoft Office, a la Google Apps. It does mean add-ons to SharePoint Server, Microsoft's back-end bundle of server applications (Or Microsoft's "social computing platform," as Microsoft also seemingly is referring to SharePoint these days.)

TOPICS: Browser, Microsoft

Web 2.0 means different things to different people.

To Microsoft's Office team, Web 2.0 does not mean a Web-centric version of Microsoft Office, a la Google Apps. It does mean add-ons to SharePoint Server, Microsoft's back-end bundle of server applications (Or Microsoft's "social computing platform," as Microsoft also seemingly is referring to SharePoint these days.)

During the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston this week, Microsoft is making a few announcements that it is labeling as pieces of its Web 2.0 strategy.

On June 19, Microsoft took the wraps off Version 2.0 of the so-called "Community Kit for SharePoint," which will include new versions of its Enhanced Blog, Enhanced Wiki, ChatterBox Ajax and Tag Cloud editions. Microsoft will make available for download from its Codeplex site on June 19, company officials said.

During his scheduled Tuesday keynote at the conference, Derek Burney -- the general manager of SharePoint Platform and Tools (and former Corel CEO) -- also will announce that Microsoft itself is building 100 "next-gen business applications" on top of SharePoint by the end of fiscal 2008 (June 30, 2008). One of these apps is called SharePointPedia "which will help make SharePoint technical and support content from both internal Microsoft and community sources easier for customers to find," Microsoft officials said.

Microsoft has been building out a growing family of SharePoint applets/templates for a couple of years now. These 100 new SharePoint-centric apps are something different.

"These (100 next-gen SharePoint apps) are actually business applications that Microsoft's internal Field Center of Excellence is building for internal Microsoft applications - not to distribute to customers as templates. They are using SharePoint as a base to build 'no-code' solutions - using 80-90% out of box SharePoint functions and for the remaining 10-20%, leveraging re-use components such as web parts," a company spokeswoman clarified.

Other products/technologies that Microsoft also identifies as components of its Web 2.0 strategy include (according to a statement from the aforementioned Microsoft press rep): "people and expertise search (via SharePoint), wikis, blogs and RSS feeds, corporate profiles and social networking tools, as well as presence,instant messaging and web conferencing."

Microsoft doesn't seem to be wavering from its Software+Services vision, in spite of pundit proclamations that Google Apps and Google Gears "could augur the death" of the Redmond software maker. What's your take? Is Microsoft sticking its head in the sand, or pursuing the right course for itself and its customers?

Topics: Browser, Microsoft


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • CKS Link is Broken

    Mary Jo,

    The link to the CKS 2.0 announcement (third in article) is broken. It should be

    Looks like the start of a big WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007 marketing push by MSFT, although uptake from CKS 1.0 wasn't all that high based on the CodePlex figures.

  • The Key To Online Success Is Offline

    I think Google's move to provide service off line will be recalled as the death knell for MS. That's really the last bastion of client-centric apps like Word, and if I can get that value with Google's suite I'm a happy camper.

    This will now lead to opportunities for sharing knowledge, teaching, and training on a virtual level without hundreds of dollars of difficult-to-install and difficult-to-run and difficult-to-pay-for software.

    • i'm not sure you are seeing the whole picture

      Google premium apps, at 50.00 per seat, per year, over 5 or 6 years ( a company has to base their decisions on at least 5 years) is extremely high. Most sites don't have the infrastructure to support an all web based scenario and the cost of their internet throughput would rise dramatically. In that same timeframe, you spread out the one time cost for Office and Sharepoint server, you can come in under the cost of Google w/o losing control of your data to Google forever and at what terms is really undisclosed. Google has an army of lawyers and a business strategy that they have claimed is "pushing the envelope of the law" around the world. Their bet is they win more than they lose. I believe those bets also contain what they can and can't do with your data.
      cost more, is less secure and your data is not in your control. Still sound good? Doesn't to me.
  • 100 SharePoint Apps by 6/30/2008

    None of the bloggers tracking the Internet 2.0 Conference today have mentioned the "100 apps" in their reviews of Derek Burney's keynote, nor has MSFT Presspass posted anything about them yte.

    Are there more details available somewhere?


  • SharePoint = Knowledge..

    And Knowledge=Power. Our entire intranet is SharePoint driven. Once the 50 ActiveX controls are installed in IE7, the platform is UNREAL and is definitely a WOW candidate. My MCSDs love the fact that it takes a ton of C# and .NET code to do even the simplest thing. It allows them to DENY requests for features and applications from the end Lusers we have here. People say to me, "Mike, you are a CIO, aren't your users your customers?". With that my rep and I cackle with delight. I am the customer, my MCSEs and MCSDs are there to serve me.
    Mike Cox
    • Knowledge = Stress

      Microsoft has a new language called F sharp which is described in the EU as a function language. I am guessing that is what Share point Server is all about. Lets say it is like Corel Office. This is not a bad assumption because the head of the Share point product line is the former CEO of Corel. In Corel Office you can turn a recorder on and generate what is called macro code and what Microsoft might be calling F sharp.

      Lets be clear, you will have to use Office 2007 to get that kind of functionality. Its time to stress about those old Word and Excel based applications. They will be replaced.