I think it’s crucial to point out that it’s very evident that Microsoft is listening to the partners, customers and the community.
From the new communication strategies (Blogs), to the User Experience Programs, Microsoft is obviously paying close attention, taking notes and making modifications where possble.
Here’s a little proof:
- In the previous MOSS 2007 releases, the publishing site was less than optimal as a starting point. Sure it had a lot of great functionality but it was just too bloated to be a realistic starting point for an externally facing website. Let’s face it when we create a website we want a fairly blank canvas.
- We recognized and brought much attention to this via emails, comments on blogs, blog posts of our own etc.
- With the release of Beta 2 Technical Refresh we see a much leaner (WCM) publishing site. Don’t take my word for it though, check out Angus Logan’s screenshots of the SharePoint 2007 B2TR changes (Thanks Angus!)
- Also as Lawrence points out, wIth the B2TR of course comes an updated MOSS 2007 SDK and what’s inside you ask? – Why instructions on creating more “bare bones” master pages in MOSS 2007 of course.
Sure Microsoft has many paid evangelists but In my opinion the key to successful communication is creating a userbase that will evangelize your product, simply because they believe in it.
I also think they’re also on track to obtain this status with both Vista and the Office 2007 Stack (Which also just so happen to be the companies two flagship products)