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Does SharePoint Have Future As A Social Platform?
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KenVernon
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KenVernon,
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1/6/2012 | 3:33:48 AM
re: Does SharePoint Have Future As A Social Platform?
I was reading the comments to this article and I swear I just saw the words 'Microsoft SharePoint' and 'economical TCO' used in the same sentence. No, really I did...look for yourself.
Fpweb.net
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Fpweb.net,
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11/28/2011 | 7:07:29 PM
re: Does SharePoint Have Future As A Social Platform?
Seemingly, the primary advantage Box has on SharePoint is its user-friendly interface. But- as has been pointed out above- a major strength of SharePoint is its "breadth of capability". Sure, SharePoint is a beast. And maybe the menus and UI elements are somewhat ambiguous. But you can't have a super-simple interface for a highly complex piece of software. If you made SharePoint 'more user-friendly', it might demand reducing some of its functionality. And when Box attempts to add more functions to its fledgling platform, its user interface will need to get more complicated too.

So yes, SharePoint has a bright future ahead as a platform. That platform can be used for social networking/ social computing purposes. Or the SharePoint platform can be used to host a variety of other in-demand business applications, including software aimed at productivity, collaboration, document management, etc.
David Wachter
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David Wachter,
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11/17/2011 | 11:43:55 PM
re: Does SharePoint Have Future As A Social Platform?
Social is a hydra-like beast with many different iterations - customer communications, internal communications, publishing, etc. The social needs of a company will vary depending on its size, markets served, products offered, etc. Given this, it will be difficult, if not impossible for SharePoint to offer a complete set of social tools to serve the range of needs required by their customers. Add to this the pace of innovation in general and social in particular and it becomes impossible for SharePoint to serve as a one-stop social offering. Given this, SharePoint will continue to rely on 3rd party add-ons to meet niche social needs and to drive innovation in the social tools offered via SharePoint.


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