Dear SharePoint Bloggers,

My company recently migrated to SharePoint 2010, and unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder for me to find information that will help me make decisions that will affect my deployment. It seems that everywhere I look on the Web for SharePoint information, all I can find are articles and blogs telling me about SharePoint 2013. You have to look deeper into the blogs and find posts from six months or more ago to find relevant information, and then hope that those old posts are still up to date. My company has no plans to migrate to 2013 any time soon, and I know a lot of other companies feel the same way. So, can some of you please continue to focus on SharePoint 2010 at least some of the time, and give us the information we need?

SharePoint Sigh

I hear this from readers and users all the time: Is the community leaving me behind? So many voices in the community advocate the move to 2013 without understanding my company’s needs or resources. It almost seems as if those with high profiles in the community love the technology for the sake of the technology, or want me to move to the cloud when my company strictly enforces a behind-the-firewall policy. But we just moved to 2010, so I’m sure we won’t be upgrading from that platform any time soon.

Well, there IS plenty of excellent information on the Web regarding SharePoint 2010, and even if blog posts or technical papers appear dated, SharePoint 2010 hasn’t changed much since its release (and the updates are readily available), so the information probably still is relevant. And literally hundreds of books on subjects ranging from governance to managing server farms to creating custom application solutions have been written. So the information IS out there.

Yet, it’s also true of human nature that we’re drawn to the next new thing. At car shows, millions of lines are written about prototypical cars that will never go into general production and are never driven by the average automobile user, but it’s still interesting to read about and see where the advances are being made. The same is true here in SharePoint. Microsoft, bloggers, MVPs and other experts are kicking the tires on 2013, discussing what’s good and what isn’t, how to get going with it, and more. But just as folks need parts for the ’79 Camaro, there always will be suppliers there that can fill those orders. True, they become harder to locate, but they are available. Those drivers aren’t being left behind, and neither are SharePoint 2010 users. You may just have to spend a little more time locating the information you need.