Microsoft Rolls Out Bold New Upgrades to its SharePoint Platform

By Martin Schaeferle

en-usMicrosoft recently rolled out a revamped Office 365 Enterprise, its hosted collaboration service. The service is comprised of a suit of products that include Office 2013 Professional, Exchange 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Lync 2013. As you can imagine, users have been eager to test out these new and improved products, and so far, reviews have been positive. For example, SharePoint has been optimized such that there are no longer any significant differences between Microsoft's hosted version and its on-premise counterpart. Both promise identical sets of administrative tools and the same administrative functionality. Perhaps most importantly, Sharepoint allows users to build collaborative solutions on the the fly thanks to new features such as public and private "app stores." Ultimately, the future of software will play out on the cloud. The market is crowded with all the heavy hitters - Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Yet most IT shops remain Microsoft-centric, and as a result, many will embrace SharePoint as their cloud-based collaboration platform. As a result, SharePoint skills will be at a premium, further underscoring the importance of taking a SharePoint tutorial to build out your skill set. Thumbnail for 599    

Martin Schaeferle

Martin Schaeferle has taught IT professionals nationwide to develop applications using Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP, and XML. He has been a featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft NCD Channel Summit, and he specializes in developing Visual Basic database applications, COM-based components, and ASP-based Web sites. In addition to writing and presenting technical training content, Martin is also LearnNowOnline's vice president of technology.

This blog entry was originally posted March 05, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle