SharePoint 2010 : The First 10 Years

SharePoint is 10 years old, so TechNet Magazine sat down with the SharePoint director of product management to talk about the platform now and in the future.

Lafe Low

SharePoint was born out of a simple idea: to simplify sharing documents. A widely used collaboration and content-sharing platform has grown from that simple idea.

While the capabilities of SharePoint have expanded greatly from the original 2001 version to SharePoint 2010, so too has its user base. Today, according to Microsoft market research, 78 percent of the Fortune 500 companies are SharePoint users. In 2009, SharePoint was a $1.3 billion business with more than 100 million users, and it continues to grow. Every day for the past five years, 20,000 workers have joined the ranks of SharePoint users. One in every five knowledge workers now has access to SharePoint.

With the release of SharePoint 2010, Microsoft has been talking about the customer journey: how customers have rolled out SharePoint and worked it into their business processes. There have been numerous well-known companies streamlining their processes and boosting collaboration with SharePoint.

The Associated Press (AP) is one such company. The media giant had both a new-media problem and an old-media problem. In any given month, there are 75 to 100 million unique users who access AP-originated content. That includes its own correspondents and syndicates that have contributed content. The AP needed to keep track where it went.

Using a combination of SharePoint and PerformancePoint, the company can now track an article, determine who has seen it, how often they’ve seen it and how many hits there have been on that specific article. The system—built from the ground up in 70 days—has helped inform the AP’s pricing and targeting strategies for its syndicated content.

So on this, the 10th anniversary of SharePoint, we sat down with Jared Spataro, director of SharePoint product management, to talk about collaboration, the evolution of SharePoint, and how the process of collaboration and a platform like SharePoint changed the face of work.

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