Alfresco Labs 3 content repository talks Sharepoint protocol
Alfresco, maker of the Alfresco content repository, has announced the beta release of Alfresco Labs 3, an open source collaborative content management platform which can be used as an alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.
The SharePoint support makes the Alfresco repository visible to any SharePoint-capable client. The support, made possible when Microsoft released the SharePoint protocols this spring as part of its compliance with the European Commissions’ decision, lets users of Microsoft Office browse and find documents in the repository and check them in and out, with no additional plugins needed for Office.
Alfresco Labs 3 was formerly called the Alfresco Community Edition; the name change reflecting the more development oriented branch of Alfresco, as opposed to the stable enterprise release of Alfresco. According to CTO John Newton, "Our current plan is that the Enterprise version of Alfresco 3 will be available in mid-October."