Microsoft has announced the release of a toolkit which will allow users to pull content from SharePoint into other portals.
The Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP) Toolkit, which is currently available for download, will allow external portal platforms like IBM WebSphere Portal and SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Portal to provide SharePoint data.
On the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog, Ryan Duguid, the company”s technical product manager, points out that the toolkit is intended for customers who are looking to use SharePoint in non-Microsoft environments.
CMSWire writes that today”s announcement will be seen by some as another attempt by Microsoft control content but will be welcomed by others as a way of integrating SharePoint content into other portals. But it”s not the first time this has been done.
"Interesting to note that we have already seen Mainsoft do this type of integration with their Mainsoft SharePoint Federator for WebSphere Portal," wrote CMSWire. "Maybe they shared some their trade secrets."
In its predictions for 2009, CMS Watch writes that it expects the next major release of SharePoint to happen by the end of the year.