For $29.95 USD a month, you can get a Sharepoint 2007 website over at SharepointHosting.com. You have 40 install profiles to choose from, and 50 screencast that you can consult. If you're serious about Drupal hosting, this is just one of many Sharepoint hosting providers that you might find yourself competing against ...

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bertboerland (not verified):

I don't believe in shared collaboration platforms. This might sound like a contradiction since collaboration is all about sharing, but it needs to be shared in a dedicated environment. And it is not that I just don't believe in it, more importantly, Microsoft doesn't believe in this.

Some reasons why one should not use such a shared service:

  • Single sign on: you want your users to have one identity and password for all office automation related things. It is hard -– if not impossible -- to synch a central Active Directory repository with decentralized leading ADirectory. Don't say trust will do it, you will run in to all kind of weird problems. And don't say LDAP as either, I dare any MCSE to implement a shared AD with multiple trusts in a secure way with LDAP.
  • Document sharing: the power of Sharepoint is not to share documents, but to integrate collaboratively written documents with your office suite. This means that all data will have to be centrally stored, not uploaded to one site and then copied to another. Search also works this way. VPNs over the internet and mounting it with CIFS is not a great way to do this.

There are a lot of other reason why this won't work. I don't think that using Sharepoint this way is the best for the user, gets the most out of Sharepoint or is a competitor of Drupal or any other CMS.

StrangerInAnSMELand (not verified):

Shared hosting does work -- I've used it for years. Active Directory can be partitioned for different organizations and domains. On a public web the domain needs to be entered on logon.

Dedicated servers are costly and many hosting services never upgrade them properly.

Josh Koenig (not verified):

Impressive feature list. It would appear that they are taking the move of regular office work into the online world seriously.

However, I do wonder how detailed/featured the "profiles" are. It seems like a very wide array of applications... if it just means a good theme and some stock navigation, that's one thing. I think providing useful functionality beyond stock CMS is another. That's where Drupal is going to stay ahead if it does.

However, for people thinking about hosting, this is a pretty good yardstick.

Ike (not verified):

I don't really think its appropriate to say that SharePoint and Drupal compete because they don't in any relevant ways as far as market share, sales, etc that the business community uses as the yardstick for success. What does Drupal compete with then - well the answer is probably Community Server(.net/MS SQL), but even then their approach to the end user and consuming communities is vastly different. Drupal uses the "built" by the community approach which is more or less embraced a pro open source community, but not in large part by the business community. If Drupal could provide seamless open office integration, collaboration, role based security with good administration, etc then you'd have a SharePoint competitor. If SharePoint could be used to built rich communities with features and community driven content, then it would be a Drupal competitor.

Gunnar Langemark (not verified):

I consider Drupal and Sharepoint to be two different entrypoints to some of the same types of solutions. I sell them as such. It is a matter of economy and of strategy. The tight office-integration in Sharepoint is the one serious advantage that Sharepoint has over Drupal in terms of user experience. The business model of Sharepoint - it being a MS product - tends to sell well to some clients.
Others would like Open Source. Then Drupal is a very good choice.
If the two were really competing for the same customers I'm not sure I'd have both on my "shelves".
Thanks for the link btw

/Gunnar

Erik B-W (not verified):

Another similar SharePoint host at $19.95/month is 1&1.

Geneva Consulting (not verified):

One of my clients in NYC is looking to do this same integration. Will they be forced to use Drupal or is there another way? Please someone let me know.
Thanks.
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Johan Pellicaan (not verified):

I saw SharePointHosting.com for $29,95 a month. To be clear, they do not offer SharePoint Portal (MOSS2007) for this. Their offer consists of Windows SharePoint Server 3.0

I will adress this a bit more in my next blog

Regards,
Johan Pellicaan

Samuel Lampa (not verified):

For $29.95 USD a month, you can get a Sharepoint 2007 website

And for 0 USD you can get a Sharepoint-themed Drupal site =): http://www.rilnet.com/sv/skins

(Oh, you can choose between Drupal and MediaWiki, or both. Maybe integrating them, or all three(!) =) )

This is the result from a project where I had to make some MS people feel at home while using open source software, and to my knowing they are.

Samuel Lampa (not verified):

Skinning really seems to be an area where Drupal beats Sharepoint. Reading posts like this one supports this view. In comparison, the skin above was a straightforward process, and took not much more than one day (except for fixing IE fixes, of course =) ).