Today, at SharePoint Conference 2012, Microsoft demonstrated an array of new product enhancements in SharePoint 2013 and highlighted investments in social, cloud and mobile capabilities.
SharePoint is one of Microsoft?s most popular business products ever. The company announced today that it has grown to more than $2 billion, adjusted, in annual revenue.
New product enhancements include the following:
- A new and simplified user experience. Share documents inside or outside your organization with a single click, drag and drop content into document libraries, edit lists inline, and create new sites in seconds.
- Document store and sync. Use SkyDrive Pro to store and sync your documents across all your devices.
- Task management. Organize your work with task lists and project timelines. Consolidate task management across SharePoint, Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Project.
- Smarter search. Find what you're looking for with the new and improved fast Search. Customize and narrow your search for more relevant results and discover related people and documents with recommendations.
- Core services. Manage risk with eDiscovery across SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync and file shares. Create dynamic websites with cross-site publishing and enhanced Web content management. Improve scalability and performance with a new cloud architecture.
Microsoft also unveiled the company's vision for the future of enterprise social. "We envision a world in which social is woven into the apps you use every day - where people work together using new experiences that combine the power of social with collaboration, email and unified communications," said Jeff Teper, corporate vice president, Microsoft.
As a first step toward that vision, the company shared a road map for SharePoint and Yammer integration. Today, Microsoft's customers can connect the two systems with Yammer Web parts and the new Yammer Open Graph capabilities. As a next step, Microsoft is investing in unified identity, integrated document management and feed aggregation.
To align with this vision and road map, Microsoft also announced changes to Yammer packaging and pricing, consolidating Yammer?s paid services into a single offering, Yammer Enterprise, and reducing the price of the service from $15 to $3 per user per month. For Enterprise Agreement customers, it further announced plans to ship Yammer Enterprise with Microsoft SharePoint Online and the Office 365 Enterprise plans with no change in price for existing customers.