Anyway, one guy wrote to me and pointed out that I neglected to mention Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
He’s got a point. Although the story didn’t need to bring up SharePoint, it probably should have. He referred me to a Forrester Research Inc. report that claims Sharepoint will “steamroll the market.”
Well, yes, I suppose it pretty much has and pretty much will. I went back to the notes I took when speaking with Joshua Holbrook, director of enterprise research at Yankee Group Research Inc.
Here’s Holbrook on SharePoint: “The one that certainly gets the most hype is Microsoft SharePoint.”
And: “They’re essentially giving it away for free … to large enterprises.”
I’m not convinced I was exactly derelict when I skipped over SharePoint in that story. But in the interest of mending fences, I’ll gladly mention here that Microsoft this morning announced a bunch of new SharePoint partners.
I’m a little bit 1984ed by blueKiwi Software’s promise to provide an “aggregated view of all conversations happening across the entire enterprise.” (According to Microsoft’s press release).
The other partnerships all seem reasonable and useful.
Microsoft’s other SharePoint news today is the release of the PKS (Podcasting Kit for SharePoint). This is part of Microsoft’s “commitment to bring the latest innovating trends of social networking technologies to its customers and partners.” I especially like Microsoft’s insistence that the PKS works on “[Microsoft} Zune [MP3 player] devices” and “any other devices that play podcasts.” What, there’s no major player in the MP3 game?