Events, SharePoint

The SharePoint Journey

Microsoft Ignite will open the window to our vision, strategy, and future for SharePoint and provide a first look at most recent developments with SharePoint Server 2016.  From the business value for organizations looking to modernize their workplace and infrastructure to the technical value it will deliver to IT Professionals and Developers as well as new hybrid investments for those customers looking to enrich their existing investments with cloud innovation.

With Microsoft Ignite just around the corner, it’s time to look back and provide a little historical SharePoint information.

There have been 5SharePoint releases.

1997-1998

“Exchange and SharePoint become best friends”

Exchange Server works on a new information store (Web Store) to support document, web content, and e-mail management.

Codename Tahoe (the genesis of SharePoint Products and Technologies) advances Platinum introducing document management capabilities through WebDAV – Document Authoring and Versioning in addition to an improved search and indexing engine.

Platinum and Tahoe would represent a new, next generation messaging, collaboration, and document management platform.

Learn more about the evolution of SharePoint’s storage architecture at http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2012/12/20/shredded-storage-and-the-evolution-of-sharepoint-s-storage-architecture.aspx.

1999

“A gem is found in nuggets”

Microsoft makes available a free download called Digital Dashboard Starter Kit introducing our first portal framework.   Solutions based on the starter kit enabled a user interface that could reside within Outlook through visual aids called “nuggets” that displayed information from a variety of content sources – “nuggets” would later take on the name Web Parts.

2000-2001

“A rolling milestone gathers no moss”

Tahoe reaches its beta 1 milestone in early 2000 and the Digital Dashboard Starter Kit is renamed the Digital Dashboard Resource Kit.  In mid-2000 Tahoe reaches another important milestone (Beta 2) with important changes to include a new user interface based on the Digital Dashboard Resource Kit creating a “true” portal user experience and subsequently retiring its codename in favor of SharePoint Portal Server 2001.

2001

“So it begins”

SharePoint Portal Server 2001 is released and creates a portal web site that allows users to share documents and search for information across the organization and enterprise, including SharePoint Team Services-based Web sites—all within one extensible portal interface. SharePoint Portal Server includes robust document management features that allow companies to incorporate business processes into their portal solution, but is limited by the Web Store and Digital Dashboard.

Web Store performance and scalability limited the expansion of SharePoint and Digital Dashboards were developed outside of the core development platform (Visual Studio) which limited the audience for extensibility.

In parallel the fledging portal market began to see unprecedented growth and overlap with the existing  Web Content Management (WCM) market which included CMS 2001.

As the growth and adoption of SharePoint Portal Server 2001 continued to rise in the then new portals market, SharePoint Team Services was released in conjunction with Office 2000 providing web-based team-centric collaboration capabilities.

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2002-2003

“Raise the roof”

The Web Store, the storage foundation for SharePoint Portal Server 2001 is replaced with SQL Server as the storage backend – on the other side of the topology Digital Dashboards were phased out in favor of ASP.NET improving overall scalability and portal capabilities at the expense of some document management capabilities, notably document profiles and workflow that were to be removed from the upcoming SharePoint release.

This was also a tumultuous time for SharePoint Team Services – but in the end the teams responsible for SharePoint Portal Server and SharePoint Team Services were converged.  In parallel to the changes affecting the technologies that powered SharePoint, CMS evolved as well leveraging ASP.NET on the frontend and delivered as CMS 2002.

In 2002 SharePoint Team Services officially was renamed as Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) and packaged in Windows Server 2003 as a Feature of the server – like SharePoint Portal Server it also provided a collaboration store and Web Part user interface build on ASP.NET.

In this same period SharePoint Portal Server (v2 at the time) was officially branded Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (no longer referred to as codename Matrix), built on top of Windows SharePoint Services, but delivered independent of Windows Server 2003.

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This new release contained important scenarios such as search and indexing, but also ushered in personalization (people-centric collaboration), and enhanced taxonomy capabilities with improved overall manageability.

2004-2005

“Got SOX”?

SOX or Sarbanes-Oxley is introduced to the world and changes document and records management practices.  In response, the CMS and SharePoint Portal Server groups converge in 2004 and Web Parts built using ASP.NET were enabled for developers.  The extensibility era begins…

Near the end of 2005 ASP.NET v2 launches to include new native Web Parts and Windows Workflow Foundation becomes a native add-on to Windows Server that provides a new workflow service that other applications can build on.

2005

“Time to Groove”

In 2005, Grove was acquired, a peer-to-peer (P2P) team-based collaboration product that also includes synchronization of SharePoint sites.

2006-2007

“Who puts MOSS on a server anyway”

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is born signifying a leap forward in experiences.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 was defined as a Microsoft server product that creates a portal website that allows users to share documents and search for information across the organization and enterprise within one extensible portal interface.

SharePoint-2007

Windows SharePoint Services moves forward, but now as a standalone product versus Windows Server feature.

Groove Server 2007 is released with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, which provides the server software and tools that IT organizations can use to best deploy, manage, and integrate the Groove functionality that comes with the new Groove 2007.

2009

SharePoint Server 2010 is released, the first in two successive releases to drop the Microsoft Office branding.

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Groove is renamed SharePoint Workspace and released as Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010, the server management platform remains Groove Server and released as Groove Server 2010.

2012

10/11/12 the world is introduced to the most recent generation of SharePoint Products and Technologies, SharePoint 2013.

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Personal sites, a staple of SharePoint people-centric collaboration are rebranded and paired with a new sync client powered by Groove as SkyDrive Pro, over the course of the SharePoint Server 2013 release these capabilities will become OneDrive for Business.

2015

The next generation of SharePoint is revealed as SharePoint Server 2016 – want to learn more…  Register now for Microsoft Ignite.

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SharePoint 2010: Bits from the Edge Virtual Conference

Register to attend the SharePoint 2010:  Bits from the Edge Virtual Conference brought to you by SharePoint Connections

Bits from the Edge is free one day online conference for SharePoint Developers February 16th 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. EST and 18th 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. GMT, 2010. 

On both dates I’ll be presenting a 30 minute session from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. covering several new features in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 designed specifically for the IT Professional and answering any questions you may have related to IT Professional features or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 in general.

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Conference season is upon us…

Conference season is upon us and it’s gearing up to be a great way to close out the year – join me at the 2009 Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center October 19th through October 22nd, 2009 or for those locally and can’t make the conference join me at the 2009 Pass Community Summit with Burzin Patel November 2nd through November 5th, 2009 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.  For those enrolled in the November Office SharePoint Server 2007 Microsoft Certified Masters rotation, congratulations and you’ll be seeing more of me ;-), and some time in between hosting a Windows 7 Launch Party!  Finally there may be something in between as well as a Spring 2010 SoCal trip.


Topics


Performance Tuning Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies (SQL Layer)


Business Continuity Management (HA/DR)


Windows 7


and more…

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My first SharePoint experience…

I’m often asked either when I became involved with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies or what single event resulted in my evangelism and subsequent work with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, so here we go:


I was attending a meeting in June of 2000, at the time, just having joined Compaq Computer Corporation’s Enterprise Solutions and Services division when I listened to Michael Capellas, then CEO, envision Compaq as “guided by a single, focused vision: Everything to the Internet”, (I still have my laminated card, fitted for a badge holder, with those words emblazoned).  Some time thereafter I came across Microsoft SharePoint Team Services (yes, STS) and immediately realized the benefit of an online, extensible, collaborative platform and the rest is history…

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February ’08

Seattle → Amsterdam → The Hague → Seattle (TechReady6) → SharePoint Conference 2008.


February has been an amazing month for myself and SharePoint, having the opportunity to promote the platform in Europe and discuss security and data protection with SharePoint in Seattle at TechReady6, a whitepaper published, and a birthday in between 😉.  I won’t be presenting at the SharePoint Conference (I always say that and always find myself doing so), but will be present at the conference and represented during the Ask the Experts session on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008 11:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M. Hall 4AB (Washington State Convention and Trade Center), stop by say hi and bring your questions.  This is shaping up to be one of the best conferences dedicated to SharePoint Products and Technologies I can recall.


I look forward to seeing everyone there!

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Microsoft Office Developers Conference 2008

The Microsoft Office Developers Conference 2008 is less than one month away.  The Microsoft Office Developers Conference is the premier event for both Microsoft Office and SharePoint Products and Technologies developers.  Visit https://microsoft.crgevents.com/ODC2008/Content/default.aspx?p=UC3HYF to learn more or register for the event which runs between February 10th – 13th, 2008 in San Jose, CA at the San Jose Convention Center.  The Microsoft Office Developers Conference 2008 will include a set of keynotes by senior Microsoft executives, five (5) technical tracks, 90 break-out sessions and hands-on labs in addition to an Executive Track where analysts, Microsoft and industry executives can learn the how and why of Office applications and their respective competive advantages.


Keep informed by subscribing to the Microsoft Office Developers Conference 2008 blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/odc2008/default.aspx.

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