Microsoft Shines the Spotlight on the New SharePoint

             Microsoft Shines the Spotlight on the New SharePoint

Exciting new product enhancements and big bets on social, cloud and mobile.

PR Newswire

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 12, 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today, at SharePoint Conference 2012,
Microsoft Corp. demonstrated an exciting array of new product enhancements in
SharePoint 2013 and highlighted significant investments in social, cloud and
mobile capabilities.

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New Product Enhancements

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.

"This growth underscores the power and passion of the SharePoint community of
customers, partners and developers," said Jeff Teper, corporate vice
president, Microsoft. "The new SharePoint is a pivotal release that not only
delivers an amazing amount of innovation today, it lays the foundation for
exciting new innovations in the future."

New product enhancements include the following:

  oA 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.
  oDocument store and sync. Use SkyDrive Pro to store and sync your documents
    across all your devices.
  oTask management. Organize your work with task lists and project timelines.
    Consolidate task management across  SharePoint, Microsoft Outlook and
    Microsoft Project. 
  oSmarter 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.
  oCore 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.

Social: Changing the Way We Work

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," Teper
said.

As a first step toward that vision, the company shared a road map for
SharePoint and Yammer integration. Today, 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. "This means customers get the best cloud productivity service and
the best enterprise social service together — Office 365 plus Yammer," said
David Sacks, corporate vice president, Microsoft. "These packaging changes are
just a first step into a future where Yammer will power new social experiences
across your business applications."

New Cloud App Model

In addition to broad investments in SharePoint Online, SharePoint 2013 also
introduces a new cloud app model for the more than 700,000 developers building
on SharePoint. The new app model and a new Office Store make it easier for
developers to build, buy, deploy and manage applications using existing Web
development skills.

Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president in Microsoft's Server and Tools
Business division, announced new tools for developing apps for Office and
SharePoint with Visual Studio 2012. They work with "Napa" tools for online
development of Office 365 apps, include templates and designers to facilitate
app development, and support the LightSwitch HTML client for easy creation of
data-centric business apps in SharePoint 2013.

Mobile Apps for Anywhere Access

Finally, to help people work from anywhere and across any device, Microsoft
introduced new native SharePoint mobile apps to give people access to
SharePoint news feeds and documents on Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS and
Android devices. All apps will work with both SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint
Online.

The SharePoint Conference 2012 continues through Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.
Session information can be found at the SharePoint Conference 2012 website.
Additional information about today's news can be found at the Official
Microsoft Blog.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

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