What else does Microsoft have up its document-management sleeve?

What else does Microsoft have up its document-management sleeve?

Summary: SharePoint Server is Microsoft's document-management solution. But it sounds like the Softies are planning to add more offerings to their stable of document-management wares, starting later this year.


SharePoint Server is Microsoft's document-management solution. But it sounds like the Softies are planning to add more offerings to their stable oManagef document-management wares, starting later this year.

What else does Microsoft have up its document-management sleeve?At a recent presentation in France, Microsoft officials made a passing reference to "S2," an enterprise-content-management portal that Microsoft plans to launch in the final quarter of this year.

I asked one attendee of that briefing what else Microsoft had to say on S2. He said Microsoft officials didn't supply any details beyond the codename and the due date. And when I asked Microsoft for more information, officials declined to comment.

Some of my sources have been saying that Microsoft has been working on a document-management application that would go beyond what's available as part of SharePoint Server. This product will have Office client, Office server and service (Office Live?) components, tipsters say.

Is S2 this application? I am not sure. And how does "Bulldog," Microsoft's master-data-management technology that I hear is going to be part of not just SharePoint Server 14, but also Excel 14, the next version of PerformancePoint Server, Microsoft's Dynamics products and select third-party software fit in here? Again, I don't know.

It does seem that Microsoft has more in store for document-management than just SharePoint, however. What else would you be interested in seeing the Redmondians field in the ECM/document-management/records management space, if anything?

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, Software


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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  • No thanks [nt]

  • No Microsoft for me- ever! (NT)

  • With their bank-roll?

    You can bet your booties that whatever they
    come up with will be the biggest baddest
    meanest ugliest most atrocious monster that
    money can buy. However, when they are
    finished painting it, it will appear to be a
    sweet innocent darling loving virgin flower
    that no sucker could live without.

    And they have the biggest best most
    expensive lawyers and PR department to make
    it thus. Any opposing views will be squshed.
    (except me and a few others, that is, and
    they are working hard on us)
    Ole Man
    • Shut up, OleFool. <nt>

      M.R. Kennedy
      • Careful!

        Your intellect is showing. A good microscope
        is all that's necessary to see it.
        Ole Man
  • It doesn't matter what Microsoft has up it's sleeve.

    It likely won't work anyway, at least not initially.

    <p>And, no doubt, it will be full of yet more vendor lock-in.
    Henrik Moller
  • Sharepoint SUCKS

    We're doing a pilot here and it's pretty much a POS. Very slow, unstable, and just hard to use and navigate.

    And this is with the "help" of a MS partner.

    It's no wonder why SP has the highest implementation time and cost out there. And that stat came directly from MS.
    • If you can't get SharePoint working...

      I'm sorry but I have an excellent running SharePoint system and got it all running with no one's help. If yours is hard to use and navigate, then it was your setup of it. You might want to hire someone to properly implement this for you instead of bashing it.
    • SharePoint

      SharePoint has the lowest cost to maintain. If you look at total cost of ownership it is less expensive than its competitors.

      SharePoint 2007 is one of the best MS products I have owned and used, so I think this may be just you.
  • And now for a real comment... (what I would like to see)

    I'd like to see them put in the ability to file email into the ECM system directly via Outlook. This would get it out of Exchange, viewable by teams, and managed by compliance and records retention policies.

    Also, I would like to see them either make it easily customizable (without a full-time dev team) for the needs of different industries, OR partner with ISVs in other verticals to provide fully-supported, industry-specific layers (a THIN layer) on top of their base ECM product. They are already doing this in other verticals (CRM comes to mind).

    This might be the best approach for a broadly-available ECM product that can match the vertical-specific products. While SharePoint (2007) has quite a few useful innovations and unique features, its overly generic nature prevents it from being considered as a replacement for niche, vertical-specific ECM systems. However, those niche ECM systems tend to be quite expensive, and they often rely upon custom add-ins to Microsoft Office and other applications--if the application even supports it, and if the ECM vendor supplies one--to connect to the ECM backend. These add-ins tend to reduce the reliability of the applications and add a layer of complexity that complicates upgrades, patching, etc.--not to mention when other add-ins are used as well, which compounds the issue. If Microsoft introduced an ECM system along these lines, it would be much more realistic for ISVs to include support for it, rather than putting that burden on the ECM ISV. And with that ability built into the application itself, reliability is increased, and complexity is greatly reduced. Plus, it will be much, much easier to find IT people with the skills to support it. It opens the world of ECM to a much broader audience and ecosystem.
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