Service Providers: Public Folders vs. Windows Sharepoint Services (Part 2 - Kind of)
In a previous blog posting of mine ("Service Providers: Public Folders vs. Windows Sharepoint Services") I described my thought of having Sharepont Services replacing Public Folders. Well it seems that someone in HP has the same vision. There is a Microsoft Webcast ("TechNet Webcast: Migrating eRooms, Windows File Services and Exchange Public Folders to SharePoint - Level 300") that discusses this exact topic, but is focused on the Enterprise.
I guess it's true, great minds think alike!
Description of the web cast:
“A challenge for any enterprise is to ensure that its people are connected to the right information in order to collaborate effectively. In many cases legacy content repositories already exist and accumulate valuable information into knowledge silos. Microsoft® SharePoint™ Products and Technologies provide the next generation collaborative services for today’s information workers. Learn from practical experience how to approach migrations from legacy platforms to SharePoint Products and Technologies. Join this webcast to learn how to reduce cost, provide new capabilities and harvest your information assets to their fullest with a move to SharePoint Products and Technologies.”
OK, so the webcast really isn't about “Replacing”, but more of keeping you existing stores, but just porting the content into Sharepoint (probably Portal). But isn't that just one step away from replacing those stores? Gosh, I hope so.
So because of the headaches of Exchange Public Folders and being able to have remote public shares available from a hoster (sure you COULD do this, but the headache and cost isn't worth it), shouldn't we just start planning WSS it be THE method of storing your documents on the web. After all, isn't that why WSS is a free add-on to Windows?