SharePoint: Microsofts Sleeper Hit?
While all eyes are on Microsoft's Web services strategy aimed at Google, the Information Worker unit is pushing slowly and steadily to make SharePoint Server and Services the must-have products going forward.While Microsoft watchers continue to obsess over Microsofts plans to take on Google, few are paying attention to a family of products that could emerge as one of the main revenue generators for the company over the next few years. The SharePoint collaboration/workgroup software family could be one of Microsofts sleeper hits in the not-too-distant futureat least based on how hard the company is pushing it to customers. This week, Microsoft will play host to 1,300 SharePoint customers and partners at its SharePoint 2006 Conference in Bellevue, Wash., where Chairman Bill Gates and other key Microsoft executives are set to extol the virtues of SharePoint to the capacity crowd.
Microsofts SharePoint products include both its SharePoint Server 2007 successor to SharePoint Portal Server 2003, as well as its Windows SharePoint Services Version 3 technologies.