SharePoint is a very popular technology choice. Enterprises of all sizes are using it to fulfill a variety of organizational roles such as collaboration and document management. One area where SharePoint lags, however, is social technologies. Enterprises using SharePoint for applications such as blogs and wikis have three different options.
Microsoft claims that SharePoint offers blogging and wiki capabilities out-of-the-box. While this statement is true in spirit—particularly with the introduction of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007—it is largely false in application. SharePoint lacks many of the features of robust social enterprise tools particularly when applied to an open environment with anonymous users. SharePoint's architecture and tight integration with identity management frameworks limit the flexibility that users commonly associate with social enterprise applications.