Microsoft finally uses SharePoint on its own public site

  • 21-May-2009

Perhaps it doesn't strike you as a surprise, but Microsoft just launched the new SharePoint product site using SharePoint 2007.  Some might be surprised, since Redmond's previous Web CMS product, "MCMS," did not get this kind of love.  What's telling, though  is that Microsoft is making this move so late in the product's lifecycle, when otherwise Redmond is famous for making their internal teams run on "dog food" versions of software - really early alpha release).

As readers of the SharePoint Report 2009 know, web content management is not a real strength of SharePoint. Given the challenges we've heard from customers --multi-lingual management, ease of content entry, reuse challenges, accessibility, and so on -- I'll hope that Microsoft will share their own experiences with the rest of us, and perhaps inform improvements in the upcoming SharePoint 2010 version.

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