Microsoft launches podcasting kit

Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a new open source podcasting kit for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

The Redmond, Wash. giant said the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) will give enterprises a centralized, easy-to-use tool to create, manage and distribute its podcasts. Microsoft said that many organizations are now taking advantage of podcasting technology to provide corporate news, improve training and foster employee participation. The company made the announcement at this week’s Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston.

Also during the event, Microsoft revealed its ongoing commitment from partners and customers who have adopted the SharePoint social-computing platform.

“What we refer to today as Enterprise 2.0 will tomorrow just be considered a natural part of the way we all work,” Tom Rizzo, director of SharePoint Server at Microsoft, said in a release. “SharePoint is leading the Enterprise 2.0 revolution by providing a comprehensive business productivity platform that combines traditional collaboration solutions with newer social-computing technologies in an enterprise-capable product. Using rich blog, wiki, RSS, mashup and social-networking solutions combined with the enterprise content management and search capabilities of SharePoint, SharePoint customers are well positioned to deliver real Enterprise 2.0 solutions today.”

Microsoft also cited an April 2008 Forrester report on SharePoint, which indicated 96 per cent of enterprises are considering, planning, or in the process of deploying the product.

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