Is Microsoft Saying So Long to SharePoint?

March 3, 2014 at 5:08 PM

When Microsoft acquired Yammer, many analysts wondered how the company would integrate the new service—social to its core—with internal efforts to make its vast product suite more “social.” SharePoint social, which the vendor starting talking about in earnest a couple of years ago, is clearly taking a back seat to Yammer and the new features in Office 365. In fact, in a blog post on the topic, Jared Spataro, GM of Enterprise Social at Microsoft, said, “Go Yammer! While we’re committed to another on-premises release of SharePoint Server—and we’ll maintain its social capabilities—we don’t plan on adding new features.”
Which kind of begs the question: if “social” is the direction the enterprise world is headed in (and I and Spataro both believe it is) why would anyone continue to invest in SharePoint?

Tags: Cloud, Microsoft, SharePoint, Social