Our Mission for CloudShare, in simple terms:
Be As Open As Possible
It's hard to strike a balance between commercial and community interest, but we're going to try as hard as we can. For now, most of CloudPower is obfuscated, but as we get things better organized, that is going to change. You can read more about my feelings on obfuscation and copy protection here. Functionality that can be released under open source will be included in our Kraken library wherever feasible. Kraken represents the evolution of almost a decade of SharePoint code. We're planning to put Kraken up on NuGet very soon, so that other SharePoint developers can make use of it in their application too, but we want to make sure it's the best it can be before that happens.
Make SharePoint Tools Affordable
Working with SharePoint for over 15 years now, I'm used to paying thousands of dollars for tools to make my job easier. We originally built CloudPower so we could do some pretty simple things we wanted to do without paying huge amounts of money. It's our goal to continue in that spirit by making CloudPower so affordable that it will be within reach for even the smallest companies using Office 365 and SharePoint Online. We'd like to think that even if you already own more sophisticated products, you'll find CloudPower to be an indepensible tool and want to buy it anyway.
Serve the IT Community
Over the years, we've gotten a lot of help from the SharePoint community. We want to build something that gives back to those folks who helped us. That's why CloudPower is designed as an IT toolkit, rather than having a fancy UI. Sure, those things may come later, but we see CloudPower as something that serves technologists like us who help other people get the most out of SharePoint every day.
Because we use CloudPower too, we're adding new functionality all the time. Though we want to make the as much of CloudPower free as possible, our paying customers will get access to new features before they'll be opened to the Lite edition. So, if you believe in what we're doing, I'd ask that you please purchase a license to help support our efforts.