SharePoint Conference 2012, the most comprehensive event in the world dedicated entirely to SharePoint just ended with a record-breaking attendance. More than 10,000 attendees from 85 countries, over 250 sessions and 200 exhibitors.
Most of the talks at SharePoint Conference 2012 revolved around hosted Office 365 SharePoint service, the evolution and the future of SharePoint, mainly the release of SharePoint 2013.
Most of the demos at SPC12 were using Office 365, so it is very obvious that Microsoft is pushing hard its hosted Office 365 SharePoint service even though the on-premise SharePoint (2010/2013) still appears to be its favorite product.
A major part of the SPC12 keynote was devoted to the recently acquired business collaboration platform, Yammer and its integration with SharePoint 2013 which will be available in the next release, probably beginning of 2013, as well as the plans to make it available free with SharePoint Online and Office 365.
“While the new SharePoint has a lot of great social capabilities, we acquired Yammer to take social networking to the next level…” Jeff Teper – SharePoint VP.
SharePoint Conference 2012 Keynote
According to Microsoft, SharePoint is now the most popular collaboration solution on the market. And these numbers prove it:
– 135 million users
– 4,000 partners
– More than $2 billion in revenue
– 4 out of 5 Fortune 500 companies use SharePoint as their collaboration platform
– 66% Enterprise penetration
– As of this year SharePoint is worth approximately $6.5 billion
Initially intended as a document management tool, during more than 11 years of existence SharePoint had grown to a successful and remarkable multipurpose business platform becoming the fastest revenue growth product in Microsoft’s history.