An Open Source AlternativeProviding an open source alternative with SharePoint compatibility not only beats other vendors to the punch, but subsequently lowers the substantial costs to IT departments. With both an easy-to-use interface and a web infrastructure compatible with AJAX and built upon a RESTful architecture, Alfresco Labs 3 reduces the need for additional training for front-end users as well as for IT staff -- no client installation is required. In addition, Newton boasts its scalable assets, which can allow up to 100 million documents for indexing -- that's 50 million more that SharePoint allows.
As Alfresco ventures deeper into the realm of social computing, Newton says that the new web framework offers the opportunity to create new collaboration applications and the ability to “componentize the user interface”. With more than 80 million SharePoint users, and approximately 40 million users engaged in open source, Alfresco's timely alternative is sure to garner attention and usage quickly.Alfresco will provide Labs 3 as a community release for current and new customers soon. It will also be available as an add-on module for May's 2.2 update.