Microsoft’s SharePoint Server business intranet collaboration offering gets the chance to demonstrate some Web 2.0 social graces with partnerships announced today with wiki vendor Atlassian Software Systems and NewsGator Technologies. Not to worry about “carrying ons” though, SharePoint is still all business.
Atlassian Software Systems Pty. Ltd., one of the top wiki providers, and NewsGator Technologies Inc., a leader in RSS technologies, have joined forces with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, creating additional Web 2.0-based community-building capacity and expanding social computing opportunities in the workplace.
NewsGator, a leading RSS company that helps individuals and businesses improve the way they access information and communicate, today announced the general availability of NewsGator Social Sites. NewsGator Social Sites is a collection of site templates, profiles, Web parts and middleware that will enhance the social computing capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
Atlassian, with offices in Sydney, Australia, and San Francisco, develops and distributes enterprise software products including Confluence, one of the industry’s most recognized wikis. Atlassian announced that a new set of plug-ins, available today, enables bidirectional information flow between both collaboration platforms.
Although I tend regard business social computing as an oxymoron, there’s nothing wrong with Microsoft jumping into the game since fadsters have money too and outsourcing the work and the risk is a reasonable response.