SharePoint 15, SharePoint 2012, SharePoint 2013? Whatever. When will it be released?

By Jay Atkinson
AIS Network CEO

We love SharePoint 2010 but we are still keen to know, “When is the next edition of SharePoint scheduled for release?”

SharePoint 2010
SharePoint 2010 is something we love but we’re still keen to ask when the next release is coming.

It’s still unknown whether the next edition of SharePoint is destined to be called SharePoint 15, SharePoint 2012, SharePoint 2013 or something entirely different. I am guessing it will be “SharePoint 2013,” given that the release is planned for much later this year. The beta will be released this summer, we’re told. The Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012 is November 12th-15th in Las Vegas, so releasing SharePoint 2013 then would make complete sense from a marketing standpoint. But again, nothing has been announced beyond “Q4.”

What will the new edition include? Microsoft is mum at the moment and everything is pretty much scuttlebutt right now. Mary-Jo Foley, who follows Microsoft and writes for ZDNet, indicated in her blog on February 22nd that this next edition of SharePoint will include a new SharePoint Apps Marketplace. According to her, SharePoint Apps “will support multi-tenant installations so that hosting providers can make available the same set of applications to multiple customers.” And, “SharePoint 15 gets a new education module/option, making the product more of a head-to-head competitor with Moodle, which is an open-source course-management system.”

There will be a lot of additional activity at Microsoft this year. Reading Redmond Channel Partner magazine is a great way to keep up with this type of information. According to the publication, a number of new releases are expected this year. Here’s a rundown:

SQL Server 2012
Release scheduled: April 1, 2012 (Now Released – updated 4/2/12)

Windows 8
Anticipated release: Between Q3 2012 and early 2013 (updated 8/15/12)

Windows Server 8
Anticipated release: Between Q3 2012 and early 2013 (updated 8/15/12)

System Center 2012
Anticipated release: Early 2012 (Now Released – updated 6/19)

Internet Explorer 10
Anticipated release: Between Q3 2012 and early 2013 (updated 8/15/12)

“Office 15” (Codename for Sharepoint 2013/Office 2013)
Anticipated release: Q4 2012 or early 2013
(Download SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview now. – updated 8/12)

Exchange 2013 (code for “Exchange 15”)
Anticipated release: Q4 2012 (updated 8/15/12)

Visual Studio 2012
Anticipated release: Q3 2012 (updated 8/15/12)

Windows Phone “Tango” and “Apollo”
Anticipated release: Q2 and Q4 2012, respectively (Tango Now Released, and Apollo On Track – updated 8/15/12)

Dynamics ERP Online
Anticipated release: September or October 2012 (updated 8/15/12)

Office 365
Anticipated update schedule: “Almost weekly” (updated 8/15/12)

Windows Azure
Rumored CTP release: Spring 2012 (updated 8/15/12)

What do you think SharePoint 15/SharePoint 2012/SharePoint 2013 will look like? Share your thoughts with us below.

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