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The SharePoint 2010 spigot is open and flowing!

Posted by Brian Gough on October 19, 2009

I have been watching the Live stream of the key notes et al from SPC09 and made note of a few things…

Here are some of the announcements about the 2010 products….

*The public beta of SharePoint 2010 will be available in November.  The beta for Visual Studio 2010 is available from MSDN now.  They are planning the RTM to be released “first half of year 2010”. 
*No word yet on when SharePoint Designer beta will be available.  however, Designer is going to be way more powerful this time and the WSP solutions created in Designer can be opened and worked on in Studio 2010 for even more detailed customizing.

*Keep in mind that Visual Studio 2010’s new features for SharePoint will only work on SharePoint 2010!  you can still use Visual Studio 2010 to work on MOSS solutions, but the “new stuff” will not be available to you.

*Windows Vista and Windows 7 can be used as SharePoint development platforms!!  Wahoo!
  You may still want to use virtuals though if you want to keep different builds available for clients of testing.

*The ribbon is everywhere in 2010.  if you do not like the ribbon, this is not good news for you, if you do like the ribbon, you will be happy as you will see if in all Office 2010 products now.

*WSS is called SharePoint Foundation so remember that when you do other searches.

*LINQ is going to be in widespread use in SharePoint but CAML will still  be available as well.

*There will be full standards support for REST, XHTML, XSTL, WCAG, etc…

* New list type called ‘External Lists’ will allow you to do two-way interaction with external data sources!  Way cool!

*Better solutions for true ‘Internet’ sites suing Internet Server.  No word on the cost for this though.

This is going to be a great release of this product!  The improvements from 2007 to 2010 are awesome for Admins on down to end users and Power users!

This is all I can say for now, but I will add more as I get it!  The flood gates are open!



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