SharePoint Open Source
December 29, 2008
SDTimes.com published a short interview with Sam Ramji, Microsoft’s senior director of platform strategy here. In “Microsoft Mulling Open Source Strategy in SharePoint” Mr. Ramji summarizes Microsoft’s open source initiatives. There is one veiled reference to SharePoint as an open source enabler. In my opinion, this comment may presage a shift in Microsoft’s positioning of SharePoint:
We have heard the conversation internally about SharePoint as an example of a platform of great opportunity for open-source application strategy.
Microsoft offers a free search product. What happens if Microsoft finds that it must release some of the Fast Enterprise Search Platform technology as open source? My hunch is that Microsoft will be taking some big steps to deal with the pesky Google enterprise initiative. Making some of Fast ESP available as open source may be necessary in 2009.
Stephen Arnold, December 29, 2008