Microsoft reveals Sharepoint 2.0

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Microsoft reveals Sharepoint 2.0

Microsoft has provided a glimpse of the next version of its Sharepoint Portal Server software that boasts improved collaboration capabilities.

Known as Sharepoint 2.0, the product will have close technical ties to Microsoft's Office 11, not due until mid-2003, as well as a new product called Small Business Server, codenamed Bobcat, also due to ship next year.

Speaking at Microsoft's Fusion partner conference, Jeff Raikes, group vice-president of productivity and business services, said one of the features in Sharepoint 2.0 is a capability that allows users to search both by individuals and team sites.

The product will also include Sharepoint Team Services 2.0, which Raikes showed off during a keynote at last month's TechXNY conference in New York.

Playing to the reseller and systems integrators attending the keynote, Raikes said the upcoming version will include templates designed specifically so partners can more easily customise right out of the box.

''We think this product will offer better access to both information and people. Users will be able to set up a Web page on the fly for a specific group or project, and partners can set up additional sites quickly in order to collaborate," Raikes said.

Microsoft has sold over seven million Sharepoint seats during the course of its first year of availability, Raikes said.

The upcoming server software is positioned to be at the heart of Microsoft's Intranet and Portal Go-To-Market series of solutions. The company plans to launch its Go-To-Market campaigns with a focus on pushing .net solutions, company officials said.

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