InfoWorld: What's the price of SharePoint 2010? Is that determined yet?
Teper: It's not announced yet.
InfoWorld: But it's been determined?
Teper: It's been determined.
InfoWorld: Is it going to be higher than the 2007 version of SharePoint?
Teper: I would not characterize [it as] that. For the most part, no. We announced today that there will be a version for the Internet that's actually going [to have] a much lower price point today. What we announced today is a new SharePoint for Internet Sites [standard edition] that's priced lower.
InfoWorld: SharePoint 2010 is limited to 64-bit systems, which means you can only use it on which Windows platforms?
Teper: We run on Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, and we need to be running on a 64-bit operating system and 64-bit hardware, Intel or AMD 64-bit chips. Anything Intel or AMD has made for servers in the last couple of years is all 64-bit, so it's really not an issue except for the customers who are looking to use sort of four- or five-year-old hardware that may be 32-bit only.
InfoWorld: What kind of access are you looking at for SharePoint as far as SharePoint access from phones?
Teper: We have had a tuned experience for mobile browsers, which lets you see people, documents, do searches, view office documents on a mobile browser regardless of the platform. And then there's some extra work we're doing on Windows Mobile to let that work in a disconnected way. So if you want to take your SharePoint documents onto the device and, say, you don't have connectivity. You're sitting on the plane in airplane mode and you want to look at that PowerPoint presentation, you can do that on Windows Mobile. But the primary thing we've done this round is broad mobile browser support, so if you're on a BlackBerry, etc., with a mobile browser, you'll be able to view your SharePoint content.
InfoWorld: There was a mention of additional browser support. Is that just referring to mobile or is there more for desktop browsers also?
Teper: [We will support] Firefox, Safari and so forth.
InfoWorld: Do you support those now?
Teper: In SharePoint 2010 we do.
InfoWorld: What about in SharePoint 2007?
Teper: With more caveats, yes in 2007. There's a list of features that work better in Internet Explorer in 2007, and in 2010 that list is basically gone.
InfoWorld: There was some mention of limitations on the Macintosh as far as SharePoint. Can you tell me what those are?
Teper: There's sort of two things on the Mac. One is accessing SharePoint in a Safari browser, which we now do in a richer way. The second is Office on Windows, [which] as you can imagine, has some capabilities Office on the Mac doesn't, including just making it easy to open and save documents to a SharePoint site directly from the Office client. A while ago, the Mac Office team released an update so that Mac Office can open and save documents to SharePoint as well. That's not new for SharePoint 2010, but it was something that didn't exist when we released SharePoint 2007 three years ago.
InfoWorld: Are there any security issues with running SharePoint Online, the cloud version of SharePoint?
Teper: No. If anything, I think because we're very rigorous about the approach to security and companies are going to find we're going to have a better lockdown security plan than they can often afford to do themselves in their own IT department.
InfoWorld: What's the link between the Windows Azure cloud platform and SharePoint?