"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.Apparently, it is able to store more documents as well:
The Labs 3 document library scales to more than 100 million documents, while Microsoft recommends no more than five million in SharePoint.Given that it's open source the risk of lock-in is greatly reduced and you have a chance to use it without having to buy any licenses. Looks like a good deal to me...
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Comment by barf, on 1-Aug-2008 14:46
Knowing how much MOSS costs, it would only be a strictly homogenous-environment (ie; foot-shooting) IT department that would choose MOSS over Alfresco!
Comment by KevDaly, on 1-Aug-2008 17:06
There are any number of applications that could be written that would implement all protocols governing communication between Microsoft Office and SharePoint Server.
It is not obvious that such an application can by virtue of that fact alone be described as "fully compatible" with SharePoint, at least in any meaningful sense.
Comment by ChanK, on 11-Aug-2008 01:39
Just my 2 cents on the whole "Open Source" is better than "M$$$$$$"
End of the day each has it's own merits and downfalls and Technology will never be able to solve any of the issues that Alfresco or SharePoint claims that they can provide solutions to.
If you take each one of the six areas that SharePoint claims to address in an organisation what most people always miss out is that they will never ever be able to use one technology as the be all and end all for everything. So Alfresco claiming that it can do everything SharePoint does not carry any merit what so ever. And seriously what is Alfresco claiming it's going to solve? End of the day it's another Technology claim.
Just claiming that Alfresco is better than SharePoint is like saying Solaris is better than Windows.
have a read of this article and hopefully you'll understand that technology is really not the point when it comes to SharePoint or whatever projects.