In October, I published a provocative research note entitled Maverick* Research: Should Microsoft Kill SharePoint? It may have been provocative at the time, but announcements from this year’s SharePoint Conference show that at least in one aspect, I was too optimistic.
The note looked at the expected split coming between SharePoint on premises (which is how most users currently deploy the product) and in the cloud (as part of Office 365). It paints a bleak picture for SharePoint on premises in the long term, with its users destined to become second class citizens, lagging ever further behind the shiny, new innovations coming in Yammer and SharePoint Online.
If anything, today’s announcements are even more bleak for SharePoint on premises. I said:
SharePoint Server continues to be supported and developed, with new versions expected at pretty much the same schedule as with earlier versions.
That was apparently too optimistic. In a blog post today, SharePoint general manager Jared Spataro made clear that they are “committing to another on premises release of SharePoint Server.” Another. As in one more. So there will not be new versions, but one more before the curtain falls on SharePoint as most users now know it.
We will be publishing a longer analysis of the SharePoint Conference announcements, which include quite a bit of good news for those looking for innovative functionality from the cloud. I will also be updating my “Should Microsoft Kill SharePoint” presentation for the Gartner PCC conference in Los Angeles in May.
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