Speculation on Microsoft SharePoint 2013: The Marketplace
The buzz continues about Microsoft’s recent thousand-plus page document dump about the next version of SharePoint. Bjørn Furuknap of Furuknap’s SharePoint Corner Blog comments on one of the now-revealed functionalities set for SharePoint 2013 in, “SharePoint 2013 App Marketplace – Functionality.” Furuknap offers some translations of the information-rich, but less intelligible, “Office 15: Open Specification Documentation.”
Although probably not for the layperson, the protocol documentation also reveals a rich framework for managing Apps, rights, and licenses. This means that not only will there be a SharePoint App marketplace from Microsoft, but it will also be possible for third-party vendors to build their own marketplaces. Already there are several vendors who do this, with varying success.
Furuknap is somewhat skeptical of the speculated-upon new feature, but overall sees a lot of benefit in the new functionality. The Marketplace could possibly allow for easier provisioning of custom databases to take that hassle out of the development cycle.
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Ken Toth, February 28, 2012