Microsoft’s push into Web 2.0 via SharePoint

by Justin Souter on July 30, 2009

Ok, so I should admit that I have previous with Microsoft and SharePoint. An NT MCSE of 1999, I have been involved in a number of bids and delivery projects (e.g. here and here) involving SharePoint.

The latest version, ‘Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007’ has a number of Social Media tools, but my experience has been that both business users and technical implementers don’t really know what Wikis and Blogs *are*, let along know how to exploit them.

Happily, the penny seems to have dropped at SharePoint Towers. Not only have they compiled a couple of best practice guides about exploiting social media functionality, they have put together a dedicated Social Computing microsite.

To get a sense of their plans, check out the video below [will probably require Windows Media Player to be installed] or otherwise it’s embedded on this page, which unfortunately doesn’t provide an embed code so hopefully this WLW widget will work for you :-).

Download this Media File – (Right Click)

I have embedded the following documents on this post, via Scribd:

I’m assuming that Microsoft don’t mind me reproducing it’s own brochureware on Scribd; click on the button at top-right of the Scribd widget to make it Full Screen – often the easiest way to see the detail.

You might also want to check out:

Community Kit for SharePoint

The Community Kit for SharePoint is a set of best practices, templates, Web Parts, tools, and source code that enables practically anyone to create a community website based on SharePoint technology for practically any group of people with a common interest.

Files and source code for the CKS are available for download from CodePlex at

Podcasting Kit for SharePoint

Same idea, but this time for Podcasts:

Here is a great article on the new announcement of Open Sourcing Podcasting Software. The web link can be found below:

Here is also the website where you can find more information and download the Podcasting Kit from codeplex:

A glossy intro for Business readers, which sets out four business benefits for Social Media, and places SharePoint in the context of the wider Microsoft product set.

Social Computing in the Enterprise

Written by one of the Authors of the document above, this June 2008 paper fleshes out more of vision for ‘social computing’ with SharePoint.

Get the Most Value From Social Computing for Business

Positions SharePoint in the wider Web 2.0 zeitgeist – from December 2006.

2007 Office System and Web 2.0

Does pretty much what it says on the tin / title: introductory paper from July 2006 about these tools.

Blogs and Wikis in Business

UPDATE 1/9/09: I’ve put a widget into this page which will hopefully show the MOSS video in its glory. However, will require Windows Media Player to be installed on your machine – but have given link to page so you can check it out on the MOSS site [maybe you need Silverlight?!] :-D

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