It’s the sales pitch that quickens the pulse of a law firm technology chief: Here’s a product that lets you be more efficient and make better use of your resources—and, by the way, it’s incredibly easy to use. Alas, it’s a sales pitch that can get polygraph machines humming, too. But every now and then, a product comes along that actually lives up to the billing—or at least comes pretty close. In law firm IT circles these days, that product is SharePoint, Microsoft Corporation’s business collaboration platform.

SharePoint isn’t exactly the new kid on the block. It’s been around for years and has gone through several major revisions—the latest, SharePoint 2010, was released in May. But you know how law firms work: Let corporate America hash out the kinks for six or seven years, and then we’ll jump on the bandwagon.

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