Alfresco creates open source SharePoint clone

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Alfresco Software Thursday said it has added support for SharePoint Server 2007 protocols to its Alfresco Labs 3 beta and created an open source clone of Microsoft's content management platform.

Alfresco, which is expected to ship the Labs content-management server near the end of September, added protocols that govern communication between Microsoft Office and SharePoint Server.

In June, as part of its Open Specification Promise, Microsoft released Version 1.0 of the technical documentation for the protocols built into SharePoint Server 2007. "You can now stand up an Alfresco Labs server next to a SharePoint Server, and Office will not be able to tell the difference between the two," said John Newton, CTO of Alfresco. "But we are offering considerably more scale than SharePoint can deliver," he said.

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