Microsoft Corp. has announced the product strategy for the next version of SharePoint® Products and Technologies, the company's enterprise portal and collaboration solution. The next version of SharePoint utilizes the application server technologies in Windows® .NET Server to deliver a robust portal and collaboration framework based on Microsoft® .NET. SharePoint Portal Server and SharePoint Team Services will be tightly integrated, providing a unified environment that connects users to information, enterprise applications, and collaborative tools throughout the enterprise.
Since the introduction of SharePoint Products and Technologies one year ago, tens of thousands of SharePoint Team Services Web sites have been deployed in organizations around the world, and SharePoint Portal Server has sold more than 3 million seats.
The next version of SharePoint Portal Server will deliver a highly scalable and customizable portal application with information aggregation, advanced search capabilities, and mainstream enterprise application integration, provided via integration with Microsoft BizTalk® Server. Additional improvements include single sign-on, personalization, and integration with Microsoft Content Management Server, building on the Content Management Server with SharePoint Portal Server 2001 Integration Pack.