This month marks the beginning of the 12-month countdown before Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 reaches end of extended support. It’s not too late to start planning an upgrade or migration to the latest version of SharePoint whether your plans are on-premises, in the cloud, or somewhere in between.
It’s hard to believe it’s been over 9 years since we announced SharePoint Server 2007 at our inaugural SharePoint Conference, SharePoint Conference 2006 held in Bellevue, Washington on May 15th, 2006 at the Meydenbauer Convention Center with the keynote delivered by Bill Gates. The theme…”Connecting People, Process, and Information”.
SharePoint Server 2007 ushered in a new era of capabilities delivering a platform for composite applications and flexible information management through the newly introduced Business Data Catalog to support for Office integration. SharePoint Server 2007 helped workers find information and connect with subject-matter experts, regardless of their location and with the versions of SharePoint to follow, to include our latest 2016 version, we’ve continued that mission – to connect the content and people that matter most.
As revolutionary as SharePoint Server 2007 was at the time, our latest versions of SharePoint both on-premises and in the cloud through Office 365 have even more to offer. For customers who want to upgrade to the latest version of SharePoint on-premises, you will first need to upgrade to 2010, 2013, and finally 2016. Thru advancements in both on-premises and hybrid cloud capabilities, SharePoint Server 2016 provides the benefits of years of cloud innovation, providing best in class IT and Developer experiences, along with new user experiences that work the way users work. Customers can also choose to migrate their data directly from SharePoint Server 2007 to 2016 or to SharePoint Online.
Customers wanting to maximize their on-premises server investment should strongly consider migrating to SharePoint Server 2016 as SharePoint Server 2013 is already three years into its own 10-year lifecycle.
If you’re planning an upgrade or migration to SharePoint Server 2016 or SharePoint Online, a list of useful resources is available below.