I’m getting a lot of questions about the next release of SharePoint, so I thought I’d give you all a quick update. Here’s what I know. SharePoint is a component of Office 14, which is due to be released at the end of this year. The rumor flying around is that date is slipping and may be closer to early next year. But no official announcement has been made, so I’ll stick to the end of the year until I hear otherwise.
The Alpha code was released to a select group of partners within the last couple of weeks. Alpha versions are usually fun to look at, but often only vaguely resemble the final product, so I wouldn’t get too excited about that.
The Beta version should be available publically sometime in May. I plan to get my grubby little hands on the earliest release I can find and I will jump right to the records management features, first thing. My intent is to write a review of the new and enhanced records management functionality Office 14 provides as soon as I have had enough time to analyze it. The review will most likely come out as a whitepaper through the company I work for, so I won’t be able to post it here. Once I’ve written the review, though, I’ll post an announcement and you can shoot me an email if you are interested in reading it.