I’m a groupware nutcase. I’ve been using groupware in some form or another since I was first introduced to Lotus Notes roughly fifteen years ago. I have been hearing positive things about SharePoint, so we decided to give it a try.
The good news is, SharePoint is close. They are not that far from a useful system.
The bad news is that I have to assume Microsoft is not eating its own dog food. All sorts of obvious things are messy. For example, you have to write HTML code – they didn’t whip up (or license, or buy) a WYSIWYG or pseudo-WYSIWYG editor. This is insanely-annoying with the wiki tool, and only super-annoying with the discussion threads. You can’t roll-up tasks and calendars from sub-sections of your SharePoint site. The discussion threads are weak, with unimpressive organization/display options and no unread marks. I won’t go on, lest my blood pressure exit safe ranges.
We’ve invested a bunch of time trying to make SharePoint usable. We’re still trying, but I’m concerned we’ve wasted our time 😦 .