Hey, I think we have a development coming out of Bill Gs keynote at the Sharepoint conference this am-
Essentially MS is launching hosting services for Sharepoint to the masses-small/medium businesses would probably have a good reason to look at this as a lower cost way of providing sharepoint. beta program was launched today for US-based companies, who can register here.
[Rod]-watch out for the possiblity of limiting the customization to Sharepoint Designer for companies with >500 employees etc. but even then this may help lower the cost for small/medium size companies and still offer some pretty cool options. Officelive still a player-Bill mentioned between the new hosted sites and OfficeLive any gaps would be filled. Coca-Cola and a few other enterprise level customers are already on the platform or migrating soon.
Companies will receive named-user licenses for Exchange 2007 and MOSS 2007. The initial release of the SharePoint Online service will support collaboration and content management. Business Intelligence (BI), enterprise search, Excel and InfoPath services are not part of this version of SharePoint Online. Limited customization is supported, including SharePoint Designer, but the hosted service won’t allow Web parts with code to be included.
Courtesy of Dan Holme Office & SharePoint Pro Community Manager http://officesharepointpro.com/
Microsoft Online Services Offers SharePoint, Exchange, Communications and Live Meeting to Businesses of All Sizes
This morning, in front of the 4,000 or so attendees at the sold-out Microsoft SharePoint Conference (SPC), Bill Gates raised the curtain on a set of services and products that I think will have a wide-reaching impact on the industry and on the way we administer our enterprises moving forward: Microsoft hosted SharePoint and Exchange services for businesses of all sizes. He also announced the availability of the SharePoint Server Express, a free enterprise search tool, and of Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint, which opens lots of possibilities for rich user experiences to be built on top of SharePoint.
SharePoint Online and Exchange Online lower the cost and risk of entry into these two powerful platforms through a per-user subscription service. These services expand the offerings of Microsoft Online Services (MOS), an effort that launched in mid-2007 to deliver hosted Exchange services to enterprises with 5,000 or more seats. Now, any business will have access to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and Exchange Server 2007. The services are scheduled to be fully released in the second half of 2008, but a trial, beta program was launched today for US-based companies, who can register here.