Sneak peak of SharePoint 2010 released

Earlier this year Microsoft announced the next wave of Office products that will "redefine how people work", which included Exchange 2010, Office 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and SharePoint 2010. All will enter public beta later this year and is targeted for general availability in the first half of 2010.

Over the last few weeks we've seen a ton of information leak regarding the Office 2010 suite, and this week Microsoft has released a sneak-peak of SharePoint 2010.

So what exactly is SharePoint again? SharePoint is an enterprise portal that can be configured to run Intranet, Extranet, and Internet sites. SharePoint A SharePoint enterprise portal is composed of both SharePoint Portal and Windows SharePoint Services, with SharePoint being built upon WSS. WSS is typically used by small teams, projects, and companies. SharePoint Server is designed for individuals, teams, and projects within a medium to large company wide enterprise portal.

Feature Highlights:

  • New UI including Ribbon
  • Web Edit
  • Silverlight Web Part
  • Rich Theming
  • Multiple Browser Support
  • Visio Services
  • SharePoint Designer
  • Business Connectivity Services

The SharePoint 2010 team launched a sneak-peak website earlier this week, which you can find here. The site is loaded with videos, information on new features, and a complete overview of what is coming to SharePoint 2010.

There will be more announcements later this year in regards to new and improved features, which will be at the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas on October 19th-22nd with CEO Steve Ballmer expected to be the keynote speaker.

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Very disappointed by the sneak peek. Most people who use Sharepoint in an Enterprise knows that the problem isn't the lack of ribbon or the need to use Silverlight web parts. We're certainly not missing 'Rich Theming.' The problem with Sharepoint is the lack of relational data, without using the BDC.

I'd like 'lists' to become more like tables in databases that can be cross-referenced. At the moment, they're very much like Excel Spreadsheets (without the functionality). This is the thing I wish most they'd address.

I also think that documents should be able to be 'published' to different areas of a site collection without having to create multiple instances. For instance, you might want a policy to exist in a central policy repository and also have it within the area of the site to which it's most applicable - for example, an IT policy. Sure, you can hyperlink but you then lose the ability to check out/edit/version history from the secondary location.

Seems like Microsoft just treated Sharepoint like the rest of the Office 14 suite and stuck on a ribbon. I hope there's more to come after this 'sneak peek.'

Garry said,
Very disappointed by the sneak peek. Most people who use Sharepoint in an Enterprise knows that the problem isn't the lack of ribbon or the need to use Silverlight web parts. We're certainly not missing 'Rich Theming.' The problem with Sharepoint is the lack of relational data, without using the BDC.'

I completely agree, this is a MASSIVE problem. Come on ms

I strongly suggest you look into Knowledge Lake:

No Folder tree is used.
Insert/Index anything into SharePoint without having to run SharePoint

Rohdekill said,
I strongly suggest you look into Knowledge Lake:

No Folder tree is used.
Insert/Index anything into SharePoint without having to run SharePoint


thanks for the tip. I'll be checking out Knowledgelake

Sharepoint is good as a kickstart but it is insane to establish your business process based on Sharepoint.

Not really... SharePoint scales very, very well. Building something custom to do that would be a nightmare / fraught with peril. There are other solutions yes, but most are more expensive and complicated to set up and maintain, and often lack many of SharePoint's features.

The main draw to SharePoint for my company was the document and content management features, although we may start building apps on it in the future. I'd be interested to know why you think it's "insane" to build processes on top of SharePoint.

One thing I'm very interested to learn is if our SharePoint license will give us access to the Office web apps. Not everyone in our company needs Office, but it would be nice if they could do basic edits directly from SharePoint (we have more SharePoint CALs than Office licenses).

JonathanMarston said,
The main draw to SharePoint for my company was the document and content management features, although we may start building apps on it in the future. I'd be interested to know why you think it's "insane" to build processes on top of SharePoint.

You are stuck with sharepoint, there is no easy way to get the content out of there, unlike most other systems which are very open, or built on open standards. Look for a system that uses SVN or git as a backend. Microsoft don't even use sharepoint, that should give you a hint to stay away from it.

I am so glad to be out of IT after 11 years of HELL and dealing with SharePoint. Such a nightmare to implement and administer. Good luck to those who still use it. I will wish you a quick and painless death. :P

A lot of companies are actually rethinking there everything-Microsoft strategy from being burnt in the past (see how many are still stuck with ie6). Things are slowly getting better.

...redefine how people work - yes, you already did this with ribbon. "Thank" you for that. Definitely not looking forward to get one.

And as you surely know, the ribbon was an improvement. So, why are you not looking forward to getting the new SharePoint?

Xire said,
...redefine how people work - yes, you already did this with ribbon. "Thank" you for that. Definitely not looking forward to get one.

Sharepoint can drastically improve communication in an organisation. Quite how you can compare that to a toolbar/menu enhancement i'm not sure :S

Calum said,
And as you surely know, the ribbon was an improvement. So, why are you not looking forward to getting the new SharePoint?

I find the ribbon to be cumbersome. I waste more time looking for the command I need or just using keyboard shortcuts. The ribbon to me is a step backward.

Here's a tip: don't find an annoying man and make him talk for 10 minutes about content that should be on the site before you actually show anything.