SharePoint 2010

Five New and Improved Features

Von Redaktion CIO
Sharepoint, Microsoft's one-stop "content and collaboration" platform, has been around since 2001. But it didn't see widespread adoption until SharePoint 2007's debut and the integration with social software, such as blogs, wikis and social networking Web sites.

With SharePoint 2010, due in the first half of this year and available only in 64-bit, one of MicrosoftMicrosoft's main goals is to improve on these social networking tools as well as provide better offline access, easier integration with line-of-business software like CRMCRM and ERPERP, and improved search. Alles zu CRM auf Alles zu ERP auf Alles zu Microsoft auf

And then, of course, tie it all together.

The 2007 version of SharePoint (known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or MOSS 2007) was a breakthrough of sorts because of its Web 2.0 add-ons and its eventual offering to all Microsoft's customers as an online version in November 2008.

MySites in SharePoint 2010 have been updated to make profile pages more personalized, a la Facebook.

Yet, as is usually the case, Microsoft was forced to make the change due to the rising tide of Web-based Office alternatives, such as GoogleGoogle Apps and those from niche Web 2.0 companies such as Socialtext, SixApart and Jive. Last November, Microsoft cut prices for its BPOS (Business Productivity Online Services) suite, which includes online versions of both SharePoint and Exchange, to curb the threat of free and low-cost offerings. Alles zu Google auf

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Microsoft also wisely partnered with young companies like wiki maker Atlassian and RSS (Real Simple Syndication) vendor NewsGator to incorporate more social technologies into MOSS 2007. Other enterprise social media companies like SocialText (wikis) and Jive (blogs and wikis) made their products compatible with SharePoint as a necessity.

And now arrives SharePoint 2010, with its many confusing versions, Office-like ribbon interface and ability to run in multiple browsers. And it also offers many more social networking tools than MOSS 2007.

In a recent Forrester report titled "SharePoint Server 2010: An Evolutionary Step Toward Content-Centric Middleware," principal analyst Rob Koplowitz writes that while the social technologies built into MOSS 2007 "have been effective, SharePoint 2010 improves on native social tools" and other features.

Not all companies will need all of SharePoint 2010's new features, but here are five new areas worth noting, according to Forrester.

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