Looking Toward SharePoint 2013

January 23, 2012

In the constant conversation surrounding SharePoint, the next SharePoint release seems to always be on the horizon, ever present in the blogosphere.  SharePoint 2010 is still relatively new, and yet some experts have already moved on to the yet unknown SharePoint 2013.  Mike Walsh discusses this and more in his piece, “End of year look at SharePoint.”

Walsh offers:

SharePoint 2010 came out in May 2010 so we are now just over halfway through the usual three year cycle before the next version of the product . . . Also while clearly most of the developer team have been working on the new version since they virtually left the SP 2010 forums in summer 2010, people from the team such as Bill Baer seemed to have stopped writing anything on SP 2010 and there was even a Microsoft SP 2010 blogger who recently announced the end of his SP 2010 blog articles because he had moved to working with the next version of the product.  Whether this means that they are already informing people . . . about what the next version will include is something that I don’t know . . . I do however suspect that if that stage hasn’t been reached yet it will be by maybe May 2012. That would be followed by the first private betas (end summer 2012?) and in time by the first public beta . . .My own guess is that we’ll be back to the October (2013) release date we had for the 2007 products.

It seems to me that Microsoft is stuck in an old-fashioned update routine.  Instead of making updates, improvements, and patches a constant fluid process, SharePoint is confined to a rigid three-year release cycle.  We wonder if users might be getting a bit tired of the three-year redesign schedule.  It is a bit like a lame duck presidency – if something is on the way out then it gets no further attention.  Everyone is looking forward to the next thing.

For this and other reasons, we like the flexibility and agility of third-party enterprise solutions.  Fabasoft Mindbreeze, for example, releases updates quarterly for on-site installations and monthly for the cloud.

From their web site:

Continuous quality assurance and performance optimization ensure extremely short release cycles. We release a new Mindbreeze Cloud update every month.

If you are looking forward to a day when SharePoint is no longer hindered by the three-year cycle, consider a third-party solution like Fabasoft Mindbreeze, and enjoy the added agility that it brings to your organization’s enterprise needs.

Emily Rae Aldridge, January 23, 2012

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