Today at the SharePoint 2010 Summit @ AIIM Expo, Eric Swift (@eswift), General Manager of SharePoint Marketing announced that Microsoft with be shipping the CMIS Connector for SharePoint as part of the SharePoint Administrator Toolkit by the end of June 2010.  The CMIS Connector for SharePoint provides a CMIS interface over the top of SharePoint as well as a CMIS consumer Web Part that can be used to display content from other CMIS enabled repositories.

CMIS (Content Management Interoperability Services) is a specification that Microsoft developed in along with IBM, EMC, Alfresco, OpenText, SAP and Oracle to enable greater interoperability between content management repositories and to enable a whole new range of Composite Content Applications that can be build agnostic of the underlying repository.

We see CMIS as a great solution to help our customers more effectively leverage content maintained in a heterogeneous environment but more importantly, we see the specification as a way to enable a whole new range of Composite Content Applications that can be build agnostic of the underlying repository.

For further reading on CMIS, visit these sites:

Public voting on the CMIS specification ends on April 30th and we expect that the specification will be ratified as a standard shortly afterwards.  We are excited that our work on the specification alongside the other leading ECM vendors is coming to fruition and are looking forward to providing support for the standard in SharePoint 2010.

Update:  The OASIS international consortium has announced the approval CMIS v1.0.  We are excited that the standard has been ratified and look forward to a new era of interoperability in the ECM industry.

Ryan Duguid
Senior Product Manager
Microsoft Corporation