The Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) has been emerging in its new form over the past two and a half years. Beta 2 is out and we're told production will arrive in the environs of late 2006.
As for MCMS 2002 as we have known it? Its gone. Its history. Its a fading memory....well that is, unless you have a very expensive MCMS web infrastructure that you've invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in. In that case, its high time you sit back and start figuring out if your organization will jump the gap to the next gen Microsoft offering, or if you'll brave the waters of Web CMS product selection and chart a new infrastructure road map.
Either way, both proud and pained owners of MCMS 2002 need to know two things. Firstly, the new Microsoft Content Management catch phrases are "Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS)" and "Web Content Management (WCM)". Secondly, there are big changes on your horizon.
MOSS 2007 Web Content Management is an out of the box feature of MOSS. MOSS itself is built upon the Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3.0 foundation layer, just as SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003 was built upon WSS v2.0. WSS is the evolution of SharePoint Team Services (STS).
Its a mouthful of capital letters just to get started. Once you're ready to digest more, here are some good starting points:
* MCMS vs MOSS WCM Overview (PPT by Andrew Connell)
* Enterprise Content Management with MOSS 2007 (webcast)
* Preparing for WCM with MOSS 2007 (webcast)
* Planning Your MCMS to MOSS 2007 Migration
* MOSS 2007 Developer Center (MSDN)
* MOSS 2007 and WSS E-Book (Microsoft Press)
* MOSS WCM Team Blog (not very active)
And stay tuned here as we continue to explore the next generation of Microsoft's Web and Enterprise Content Management solutions.