More features reminiscent of social media sites are likely to be incorporated into the upcoming version of Microsoft”s Sharepoint enterprise content management system, it has been predicted.
Writing on the FASTForward blog, Bill Ives reports the expectations of Tara Seppa, a New England-based Microsoft Information Worker Solution Specialist.
He writes that in "the next release of Sharepoint, Microsoft will be investing for the paradigm shift to more web 2.0 capabilities."
"The consumer web is influencing the enterprise and search is getting bigger," he explains.
As a result, a greater number of community-oriented features such as document conversion and image viewers may be apparent in future editions of the content management system.
Mr Ives notes that discovering and collaborating on documents is a typical element of many social networking environments.
Finding documents may be made even easier, with Ms Seppa predicting that intranet searching is to be refined in future Sharepoint versions.
This could see different filetypes returned in a single results list, which may be welcomed by companies which undertake document conversion between different formats.
Mr Ives previously pointed out that intranet searching requires administration which web searching may not.
This can include adjusting thesaurus lists and rank ordering, he asserted.