The cloud has had an impact on Microsoft’s collaboration platform, but there’s still a need for the on-premises version — and the SharePoint Server Subscription Edition aims to address that demand.
Microsoft SharePoint will be 21 years old this month, having launched at the end of March 2001. Initially intended to be the “Office Server”, SharePoint first built on Microsoft’s Site Server intranet tooling, offering businesses a place to share and collaborate around Office documents and files. Since that launch it’s become the hub for much of Microsoft’s collaboration tooling, moving to the cloud as a key component of Microsoft 365.
That cloud migration has allowed Microsoft to offer key SharePoint features like Lists as standalone applications to Microsoft 365 customers, bundling them into one subscription. It’s also the foundation of the enterprise OneDrive cloud storage platform. With tools like these built into your Office subscription it’s not surprising that customers have wondered whether there was still a role for SharePoint on their own networks.
The current on-premises version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2019, has been around a while. It was an important release, allowing the development of more modern applications and providing a way of moving between on-premises operations and the cloud-hosted SharePoint Online. But there’s a big difference between the cloud platform and your data center: Microsoft is updating its cloud services regularly, and on-premises systems are going to eventually lag them, even if applications are built using the SPFx programming framework.
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