Even before I talk about the latest competitor for SharePoint, digest this fact:

Microsoft Corp.’s Windows SharePoint Services, a five-year-old product with 85 million users

The latest avatar of SharePoint has incorporated social-networking features.

All this has been tabled in a report by The Wall Street Journal in its online edition. See Wall Street Journal story (subscription required).

And IBM has entered this foray.

Lotus Connections that includes software for posting personal profiles, Web logs, or blogs, and lists of Web bookmarks and will allow for creating online communities and online work collaboration.

Read this news report for some… 😉