• Microsoft Formally Names the Next SharePoint Release

    Microsoft yesterday formally made known the official name of the next release of SharePoint.

    Popularly called the Office 14 "stack" amongst technology experts, Microsoft announced that the next release of SharePoint will be called Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. This is yet another change in the name of the product, once known as SharePoint Portal Server (versions 2001 & 2003), then Microsoft Office SharePoint Server -MOSS - (version 2007) and now Microsoft SharePoint Server (version 2010).

    According to the SharePoint product team at Microsoft, the need to drop the word "Office" from the name of the product is simply to avoid any further confusion of this server product for other products from the Microsoft stable as most people (customers/businesses/end-users) associate the word "Office" with the office client applications (Office Word, Office Excel, etc.).

    According to Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Information Worker Product Management Group, "Office 2010 — including Office Web applications, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 — will enter a technical preview in the third quarter of 2009 and will release to manufacturing in the first half of 2010."

    The product team has also indicated that Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 will be generally also known as SharePoint; not MSS, not MiSS and not MSPS; just SharePoint. Hopefully the name will stick this time around, at least for a bit longer than just a couple of years :)

    This, of course, does not affect the great features and improved seamless enterprise integration capabilities to be delivered in the next version. We are eagerly waiting...

    Watch this space.

    Microsoft's Chris Capossela Q&A session on the subject
    SharePoint Product Team on the subject