Bringing Exchange and SharePoint Into the Future

Fifteen long years ago, Microsoft released Windows 95 and set a precedent for naming many of its software versions by year. This, in retrospect, many not have been the slickest marketing move given how easy it becomes for current versions to look old.

It the network arena, Microsoft’s two most important applications, Exchange and SharePoint, are now in their 2010 versions, but as Network World recently pointed out, the cloud-based versions of both programs, part of BPOS, Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Standard Suite, are lagging behind and are still at the 2007 version level. In fact, Microsoft has said that while previews are rolling out to some customers, the 2010 online versions may not be out in 2010 at all.

BPOS is updated quarterly with new features and capabilities," Microsoft said in a statement e-mailed to Network World. "We have already started rolling out 2010 capabilities for our largest online customers, and from there, we will continue rolling out the 2010 technology to our broad customer base who can expect a preview of 2010 capabilities later this year.

The idea is that Microsoft wants feature parity between its server-based and cloud-based versions, and that takes time. Meanwhile, Network World points out that there’s a workaround you can try. Third-party providers, such as Intermedia, are running hosted versions of the Microsoft software, so that’s one way to get access to it now.

–Don Willmott