The Decade-Long Journey of SharePoint

2018-05-17 (1)

In this post, we will help you take a look back at the different versions of SharePoint released over the years and how far the SharePoint tool has evolved to meet the various requirements of the modern workforce.

The beginning

During the 90s, Microsoft had undergone several efforts at targeting information access and sharing of information. The earliest iterations allowed end users to create and edit websites, load office documents and take part in discussions and much more. In the latest versions of SharePoint, most of the development on SharePoint was possible only by the end users. The implementation of various solutions was managed and carried out by the IT team.

In 2009, the founding father of SharePoint Jeff Teper shared the history of SharePoint, his vision and the lessons he learned. From this article, it was clear that SharePoint and SharePoint development tools would be the future tool of choice in moving forward.

Versions released

It’s been more than a decade form the very first official release and Aufait is fortunate enough to say that Aufait has been a part of the journey of the SharePoint development for the past 10 years. In the image, you can see the long way we have come.

–2001: SharePoint Portal Server 2001 / SharePoint Team Services for Collaboration

–2003: Windows SharePoint Services (WSS – SQL + .NET) & Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003

–2007: Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) & Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS)

–2010: SharePoint Foundation & Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (MSS)

–2013: SharePoint 2013 (On-Premises) & SharePoint Online (incremental, continuous updates)

–2016: SharePoint 2016 (On-Premises)

End of Support

On Oct 10 Microsoft announced the End of support for SharePoint 2007.  This means no more technical support, bugs, security fixes, and time zone updates. This support life cycle lasts ten years and they give an indication of the version you are on.

A look at the last 3 versions of SharePoint from an end user perspective:

SharePoint 2010

SharePoint 2010 was an official game changer. This is where the whole evolution started changing SharePoint into the product we love so much and use today. Enhanced capabilities allowed for better integration with Office, early social features were introduced, the central admin had a facelift and the Office Ribbon was brought into SharePoint solutions. We could also work on multiple internet browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0, 8.0. Firefox 3.0 etc.

SharePoint 2013

Sharing capabilities community sites, news feeds etc. with Team sites and Change the theme were the only improvements and new features brought here. The ability to drag and drop documents into libraries from your file explorer, Sync libraries and Quick edit is what sets apart SharePoint 2013 from the previous version. These additions created the biggest impact on end users across the world.

SharePoint 2016

SharePoint mobile apps, faster site creation, greater sharing abilities, large file support, hybrid features and search, app launcher, accessible features in document libraries and image and video previews were some of everyone’s favorite improvements in SharePoint 2016. Using ‘&’ character in the file name was also made possible, what more!

SharePoint online

This Online version of SharePoint is a cloud-based subscription model and this was the greatest difference between SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premises. Here you will need lesser resources to run your environment, as Microsoft takes care of this part of your subscription. All your data will be hosted in one of the many data centers across the world. Updates are done and deployed automatically By Microsoft including regular features updates and improvements.

SharePoint Online includes:

–Automate work
–Communication sites
–Content management
–DLP capabilities
–External Sharing
–File Sharing and storage
–Team sites
–SharePoint Online Subscription

SharePoint software is available as standalone plan1 and plan2. It’s also included in the Office 365 subscription which delivers the best out of both the words- SharePoint and Online- All the apps and Microsoft Sharepoint services help to transform your business.

SharePoint 2019

Sometimes due to compliance, performance or legal constraints, you might not be able to move to the clouds. SharePoint on-premises is a solution to this. Keep an eye out for our next blog post on what we can expect from the latest version of Microsoft SharePoint solutions! We are looking forward to working with clients who’ll now have more access to the features we already have in SharePoint Online.

May 8th, 2018 by