Major Updates in 2011
Microsoft Share Point is arguably the best tool developed for collaboration and resource sharing. In 2010, the software re gistered thousands of users making use of the tool, and for 2011 Microsoft has decided to add some advanced features to the tool, so that sharing and collaboration helps organizations and teams to work more efficiently and smarter too.
In October 2011, Microsoft is organizing a conference which will bring experts and critics from all corners of the globe to participate and contribute, to make way for new collaboration technology for 2011 and the coming years. Microsoft has decided to take cloud and collaboration services to a new level in 2011, and that will be a primary focus for discussion in their upcoming conference meet.
In another important event, Gartner Conference took up the important task of integrating social software like Facebook and Twitter with collaboration, for society and the general public. The major ideas discussed were about selecting the right kind of social software or service to channel the energy and time of the general public. Another important idea discussed at the conference was 'People-Centered Computing', which can become an effective way of popularizing a business and making the best use of social technology at hand. The collective uses of business and collaboration applications to deliver efficient and fast results was also discussed at the conference.
Cloud Computing is going to be the next big thing. Cloud services have fascinated numerous Open Source developers and vendors and many of them have migrated from collaboration to cloud technology. Not that there is any major difference among these two, but cloud technology is easy, fast and cheap. In 2011, the open source world is already witnessing a major shift towards cloud developments and soon the collaboration world will see major cloud computing patterns in its models.