REVIEW: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Beta Brings Already Solid Server into Modern Day
Office SharePoint is one of Microsoft's biggest success stories in the corporate world. SharePoint 2007 is still a solid performer for a variety of tasks, but it has been showing its age. eWEEK Labs' tests of the SharePoint 2010 beta show that Microsoft has done a good job of bringing the server squarely in step with the times, providing business-oriented social networking features and a new interface as well as beefed-up capabilities for the kinds of tasks for which businesses have been counting on SharePoint.Ask businesspeople what the best and most useful product made by Microsoft is, and you may be surprised to hear many skip past the more obvious choices-such as Windows and Office-and go right to SharePoint. Introduced as a modest set of online extensions for a variety of online and collaborative tasks, SharePoint is arguably the most successful Microsoft product of the last 10 years, especially in the corporate world. In many ways, SharePoint has become the core on which Microsoft has based most of its online enterprise solutions.
Need a corporate portal? SharePoint. Want a collaboration system? SharePoint. A document management system? Web publishing system? For those and many other tasks, companies have made use of the SharePoint platform.