Microsoft’s first knowledge management software will be ready to ship by April, but is already being criticised by analysts for being too basic.
The SharePoint Portal server will enable users to find, share and publish information from within a company. The server will index content and provide search engine results based on probability algorithms in addition to document management. It will run on Windows 2000.
But analysts said Microsoft’s offering is too lightweight.
‘SharePoint Portal is just document management based around one Exchange server,’ said Debra Logan, senior research analyst at Gartner. ‘Users who may go for this are those who won’t buy anything other than Microsoft, but we don’t think anyone should rush out and buy it.’
But Microsoft UK’s Gary Tugwell-Smith, said: ‘We are providing an interface that leads to corporate information discovery.’
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