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.
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?