Monday 5 March 2007

Inconceivable that Sharepoint-based social software won't keep improving

More on Enterprise 2.0 capabilities in MS Sharepoint (aka "MOSS 2007" - I hate that name...), Mike Gotta comments on Lawrence Liu's Report from the Inside - Lui tells us:

"As I stated quick emphatically during my "SharePoint Collaboration and Community Tools" session at the European SharePoint Conference last Tuesday, the wiki functionality in WSS 3.0 was not designed to compete directly with best-of-breed wiki products like SocialText, but rather, it's the integration of a plethora of collaboration and community features that make WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 best of breed as a whole...

...I believe that the built-in wiki functionality is sufficient for a very large percentage of our customer base, and many customers have indeed standardized on the SharePoint wiki as part of their overall standardization on SharePoint as the enterprise collaborative application platform. More and more SharePoint customers who want advanced wiki functionality are looking to the specialized wiki ISVs like SocialText to provide it with an integrated user experience in SharePoint by way of 3rd party webparts."

Gotta responds:

"An interesting perspective on how Microsoft views best-of-breed wiki technology versus what is currently available in MOSS 2007 / WSS 3.0. My gut feel though is that this is a "window dressing" (no pun intended) statement. It is inconceivable to me that the next major release of SharePoint Products & Technologies would not dramatically improve its core wiki engine and application capabilities (ditto for blogging and tagging/bookmarking)."

PS If you click through, don't get too excited about Liu's presentation - most of it was a live demo apparently...

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