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September 14, 2007

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Niall Cook

Mike,

I'd agree with your overall evaluation, although we are working hard to integrate our .Net-based social bookmarking system into SharePoint right now.

Niall

Lynda Radosevich

Mike,

I agree that social networking is a loaded term. And I'm beginning to wonder what people mean when they say social networking for the enterprise? Is it a social graph with applications on top, a set of many-to-many communications tools, a user-generated corporate directory or a combination? Now that the core social networks concepts have gone mainstream, we need a second level of definition to describe different applications.

Lynda Radosevich
Visible Path

Ted Stanton

Hey Mike, interesting title for the entry, considering I am in agreement with you that Sharepoint has little or no technology for social computing software. Just to be up-front, I working in this space for IBM and did some comparison around some vender's last month that you can see here. http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/InsideLotus?entry=ibm_is_the_lead_innovator

Jeremy Thake

Mike, great article. I'm currently constructing a presentation on Enterprise 2.0 and SharePoint. I have found all these things over the last few weeks of research. I guess the one thing to take into account is the power of the Microsoft marketing strategy and also the community. I don't think it will be long before these weaknesses are solved by solutions by CodePlex and Partner software.
I believe that SharePoint is a very strong base platform to work off and with the large .NET community that is already out there, SharePoint will become an attractive platform to extend their skills to.

Lawrence Liu

Mike, thanks for providing such a succinct and balanced perspective about SharePoint within the context of Social Computing for Business! I wish I had more time to be out there blogging, evangelizing, and speaking at conferences, but I'm too busy (and having too much fun) working with our dev teams to make SharePoint vNext the premier platform for SCB. Our customers (and partners) want a flexible and extensible platform that they can bet on long term rather than a bunch of best of breed silos that they have to integrate or throw away later. That's why SharePoint is doing so well in the market today, and the "doubledowning" of our SCB investments in vNext will position us extremely well for continued success in the future.

Niall, please ping me about integrating your product with SharePoint. :-)


Lawrence Liu
Senior Technical Product Manager for Social Computing
Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies

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