This seems to be the end of the ‘Sharepoint as Microsoft’s alternative to a real DMS’ – at least from the legal domain point of view. Or, will the giant’s departure mean greater opportunity for other software vendors to create Sharepoint-based solutions? I am very curious how the ripples from this will affect the market over the next 18 months.
In one of the biggest turnarounds in recent years, Microsoft today announced it was closing down its Redmond-based specialist legal vertical market team with immediate effect. Jobs are being lost including Norm Thomas, who has been the public ‘face’ of Microsoft legal and professional services for a number of years. At this stage it is too soon to know what impact this will have on some of Microsoft’s legal sector projects, including the Sharepoint DMS and native Word redlining initiatives at Clifford Chance. It is expected that the announcement will also see Microsoft cutting back on legal-specific sponsorship, marketing and events activities.