Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS)

A few weeks ago a Tech Preview of the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) was made available on codeplex. The PKS is a free add-on for SharePoint Server 2007 which allows you to integrate Podcasts with SharePoint. The add-on enables you to: 

  • Find the most relevant content using the five star rating system, tag cloud, search engine and provide your feedback via comments
  • Listen and watch audio/video podcasts, anywhere on your PC or mobile device (Zune, SmartPhone, or any podcasting device)
  • Share content by producing your own audio/video podcasts and publishing them to SharePoint
  • Connect and engage with podcasters via your integrated instant messaging program
  • Get automatic podcast updates by subscribing to RSS feeds fully compatible with Zune and other podcasting devices
  • Play podcasts in real-time using Microsoft® Silverlight™ and progressive playback
  • Retrieve instant ROI and metrics with the ability to track the number of podcasts downloaded and/or viewed, instant feedback via rating system and comments, and subscribers via the RSS feed
  • Access the richness of SharePoint to extend the solution: workflows, community sub-sites, access rights, editorial and more
  • Customize your own PKS User Experience

This is an example of the PKS within SharePoint:


A beta version is aimed to be released on codeplex in September this year. Until then a PKS Tech Preview can be downloaded from here. More general information on the PKS, including slide decks, the PKS roadmap and PKS partners can be found here.