“SharePoint: 20 years young” 🎂📺🎙
This post is originally published on Microsoft SharePoint Blog articles
Sooooo many candles. Inhale, deep breath… SharePoint – make your wish a good one.
Time flies when you’re powering productivity. And the young feels flow with the vibrancy of a community energizing you month-over-month, year-over-year, decade-after-decade.
Soak it all in below: this multi-media blog brings a special sizzle video to celebrate all that SharePoint is at 20, a unique episode of The Intrazone interviewing several of SharePoint’s original engineers, and some fun singing and singalong gems for the community at large. Quite a tech journey – none of which would be possible with the collective people that nurtured, critiqued, used, pushed and pulled SharePoint in and beyond the enterprise over these last 20 years.
Visit SharePoint’s 20th Birthday Party! page. Join in the fun all day (Saturday, March 27th, 2021), with 2D and 3D options. Stories, videos, and prizes await across all time zones –Jeff Teper (CVP Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive engineering) kicking it all off at 9:00AM PDT – sharing his own stories, fun videos, and a catchy community singalong. What follows is a day designed for everyone – a day to celebrate amazing people and technology across the community.
The Intrazone: “SharePoint: 20 years young”
Reminisce along with the “SharePoint: 20 years young” podcast episode of The Intrazone. You’ll hear from some of the people that built SharePoint and shaped it into what it is today. SharePoint’s own captain, Jeff Teper, takes us back to the days before SharePoint had a name: Project Tahoe. And then navigate the years with some of the earliest members of the engineering team as your audible historians: Lauren Antonoff who led program management in the early connections to Office, Rob Lefferts who helped define document management, Adam Harmetz who rooted much of its ECM foundation, Bjørn Olstad who joined Microsoft as part of the FAST acquisition and now leads our Microsoft Search efforts, and community leaders Adis Jugo and Spencer Harbar – the duo behind SharePoint’s 20th Birthday Party event and longtime SharePoint consultants. Loads of fun in their stories, favorite moments, plus some special audible timeline tidbits with a song or two to round it all out.
Hosts and guests
- Jeff Teper | LinkedIn | Twitter [guest]
- Lauren Antonoff | LinkedIn | Twitter [guest]
- Rob Lefferts | LinkedIn | Twitter [guest]
- Bjørn Olstad | LinkedIn [guest]
- Adam Harmetz | LinkedIn | Twitter [guest]
- Adis Jugo | LinkedIn | Twitter [guest]
- Spencer Harbar | LinkedIn | Twitter [guest]
- Mark Kashman |@mkashman [co-host]
- Chris McNulty |@cmcnulty2000 [co-host]
The history of SharePoint timeline – Visio diagram and list of key milestones
Additional date contextual list of the what and when for SharePoint growth across versions, acquisitions and product/services spinoffs:
- 1997-1999 | Site Server & Site Server Commerce Edition
- 1999 | SharePoint begins as codename Tahoe connected to WebDAV
- Alongside codename Platinum - aka, the next version of Exchange
- 1999 | Digital Dashboard Starter Kit (tools to help you customize Outlook 2000 - already billed as "
- knowledge management solution from Microsoft)
- Introduced "Nuggets", what would become web parts
- 2000 | Digital Dashboard Resource Kit, aka, Tahoe beta 1 sitting on SQL Server 2000
- 2001 | Add a portal UI to the Digital Dashboard Resource Kit and SharePoint Portal Server 2001 is born
- 2001 | Microsoft acquires nCompass; re-branded the product Content Management Server 2001
- 2001 | Free Office 2000 add-on = Microsoft SharePoint Team Services (aka, the start to an online, extensible, collaborative platform)
- 2003 | SharePoint Team Services becomes Windows SharePoint Services (WSS), and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 emerges
- 2005 | Microsoft acquires Groove (Peer-2-peer sync; pre-cursor to OneDrive sync) & Frontbridge and enters hosting infrastructure market
- Note: Sarbanes-Oxley rears its head related to document and records management practices.
- 2005 | Microsoft introduces Hosted and Collaboration version 3.0; includes SharePoint Services 2.0
- 2007 | Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, aka MOSS, combines STS, CMS
- Microsoft acquires ProClarity and rebrands as Microsoft Performance Point 2007 – aka, the basis for BI at Microsoft.
- 2008 - 2009 | Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) expands to offer Exchange Online, Office Communications Online, Office Live Meeting, and SharePoint Online (built using SharePoint Server 2007)
- Microsoft also acquires FAST, the precursor team and technology behind Microsoft Search
- 2010 | SharePoint Server 2010; Groove is renamed SharePoint Workspace
- 2010 | Steve Ballmer's famous "We're all in" speech at UW (March.4.2010)
- 2011 | BPOS rebrands - Office 365 launches, with SharePoint Server 2010 as it's foundation
- Live Meeting and Office Communicator are combined to form of Lync 2010 Online - the precursor to Microsoft Teams
- 2012 | SharePoint Server 2013; Groove sync tech is rebranded as SkyDrive Pro
- 2014 | OneDrive for Business, Office Delve, Office Graph (now Microsoft Graph) & Office 365 Video
- 2016 | SharePoint Server 2016
- 2017 | SharePoint Framework #SPFx, Microsoft Stream and Microsoft Teams
- 2018 | SharePoint Server 2019
- 2020 | Microsoft Lists & SharePoint Syntex
- 2021 | Microsoft Viva (Connections, Topics, Learning, and Insights)
Bonus fun you can sing along with
Jeff Teper's, Beatles-inspired, "SharePoint at 20" birthday singalong:
"Happy Birthday, SharePoint" sung by 100s of SharePoint engineers via Teams:
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And now, if you made it this far – some old links that take you down the passage of SharePoint time:
- Microsoft Tahoe "documentation" by Tom Rizzo
- SharePoint Server 2001 "RC1 of Tahoe" article
- 2009 ZDNet / Mary Jo Foley interview with Jeff Teper
- Bill Gates speech: SharePoint Conference 2006
- SharePoint Conference 2012 (keynote session) – full video with Jared Spataro, Jeff Teper, Scott Guthrie, and David Sacks.
- Jeff Teper and Satya Nadella 1993 DevCast video
Plus a few archival image gems: