Teper: That both of them run in Microsoft's cloud, as part of Microsoft Online. There'll be some interesting places where SharePoint takes advantage of some Azure technology. You might want to build an app in Azure and connect it to SharePoint as a front end.
InfoWorld: Wouldn't you just redeploy SharePoint onto Azure?
Teper: We'll go into details on that later next year. But directionally, yes, there'll be some Azure services that SharePoint builds on.
InfoWorld: Are there any features you wanted to get in SharePoint 2010 that didn't get in there that might get in in a future version?
Teper: I think the list of things we got in is long enough that we have a hard time getting people to digest it. But we're not done. We've got more to do.
InfoWorld: Microsoft is promising it's not going to be difficult to upgrade to SharePoint 2010. You mentioned that Visual Upgrade tool for upgrades.
Teper: Obviously, the simplest upgrade we could do is [if] you didn't even notice it got upgraded, and so that was the design point. And then let people turn on their new features as they're ready. So that's the goal. A big part of the beta process is to have people -- imagine the 7,000 people here going home, getting the beta in November, trying it out with upgrade, and telling us whether it worked or not. And we'll address that feedback.
InfoWorld: Now if a customer wanted to know three or four reasons why he would want to move to the 2010 version if the 2007 version is working fine for them, what would you tell them?
Teper: It's a long list, so let me get it down to two or three. [One is] ease of use. You think about people collaborating all day long on the Web, the usability is just much better: the [Office] ribbon, the AJAX work, the Office integration, taking it offline. The second thing is the developer features. SharePoint turns into a really robust development platform this round with Visual Studio support and the sandbox. People who were building apps on SharePoint are now a lot more excited; it'll be much easier to do than on 2007. And then gosh, the third area is sort of pick your favorite feature: social networking, BI. I think the new My Sites [capability], for example, so you can track what's going on inside your company, all your colleagues, your interests, your expertise sort of flowing around the organization. I think that's a pretty mainstream thing.
Think of [My Sites] as a sort of Facebook for your company inside the firewall. It's actually existed [in SharePoint] since 2003, but we added so many more capabilities to it that it's going to feel like a major upgrade to people.
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