An article in System Management News from April 1 by Michelle Savage is the most recent to bang the pots and proclaim the end. Thing is, in the article, most of the people they talk to about SP point out that it's really only suitable for small and medium-size businesses, because it appears to have been designed as a departmental-level file-sharing scheme, not unlike the horrendous Exchange Public Folders. I can't think of any really large organizations that were able to successfully manage Public Folders because of Microsoft's insane "replication" scheme and the comical administrative tools they provided. But it was marginally better than just burning stuff to CD-ROM or sticking it out on a shared network drive.
For large organizations, SharePoint seems to fall down even worse, if only because it's yet another rip-and-replace rather than any sort of meaningful progression from the older Exchange environment.
A little poking around revealed that six weeks later, the same Michelle Savage talks about Microsoft's "new" server stack, under the headline, "Microsoft's 2008 Server Stack -- What's New, and Who Cares?" (not much, and I don't - Turtle) In that article, one of the main things appears to be some crowing about the "interoperability" of all of MS' stuff:
1. Turtle10/24/2008 03:59:54 AM
It's OK, Michelle, nothing on you, I know you were just doing a story. I just want to make sure nobody thought the endgame would be painless.
2. Michelle Savage07/17/2008 10:27:50 PM
Ouchie! Feel like doing any hating on Microsoft Exchange Server? That's my next story so let's hear your thoughts.