Last week was certainly an exciting weeks for many of the Microsoft bloggers in the community. Microsoft Tech-Ed 2009 in Los Angeles, one of the largest technical industry events of the year took place, and it appeared as always Microsoft reserved many of the announcements for its forthcoming Windows 7, and Office 2010 platform until last week.
Being based in Sydney, and I unfortunately didn't managed to attend the event (through cost, as opposed to want), however through the trawling of many blogs and twitter posts, here is the information I have found so far on the forthcoming SharePoint edition 2010. I am also trying to get on the forthcoming beta trials in July to ensure I am 100% up to speed for the release, however according to Network Word (http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/051509-microsoft-sharepoint.html?hpg1=bn) the trial is now being limited to larger corporate deployments, so we'll just have to wait and see...
x64 Windows 2008/Windows 2008 R2
x64 SQL Server 2008/2005
No 32bits versions of the platform will be released! Check out the SharePoint team blog here for more information
This release is allegedly XHTML 1.0 compliant – so Microsoft is supporting IE7, IE8, Safari 3.x and Firefox 3.x in the development of the platform. Support for IE6 will not be provided as the browser is due as Microsoft support for the product is soon to be removed.
The architecture will remain the same as MOSS/WSS, so migration of solutions and upgrades should be quite smooth.
Two versions of search will remain, however Microsoft has stopped support of Search server beyond 50 million documents, and instead will be recommending Fast ESP for SharePoint instead.
The features for Corporate Social networking will be increased.
A new feature known as faceted search will be released; further details currently unknown.
The GUI editing tools will become a web-version of the Ribbon Tool Bar which debuted in Office 2007.
CMIS support will allow stronger links between SharePoint and other CMS products.
Silverlight Controls will be more prominent.
Support to map database tables to lists.
Microsoft Groove is to be renamed Microsoft SharePoint workspace management – and will be released as part of a 2010 SKU called ProPlus. Hopefully the name should allow greater adoption within the enterprise, as this great piece of kit hasn't really made its debut yet.
SharePoint Designer is still within the Microsoft Office 2010 collection so will be kept as an integral tool for SharePoint development.
Visual Studio 2010 (rumoured to be released in Beta this week), will provided comprehensive support for SharePoint web part, feature, and solution development. This will include real-time debugging using F5, similar to other web applications. New features also will include a visual web part designer, and a new SharePoint server explorer for browsing lists, sites, and documents.
As I previously mentioned, I unfortunately did not attend Tech-Ed, so much of the credit for this flux of excellent information around SharePoint 2010 is due to Lars Fastrup, and his blog (http://blog.sharepointproducts.com/archive/2009/05/12/microsoft-sharepoint-2010-news-from-teched-us-2009.aspx).
If anyone has any more information on SharePoint 2010, or can get me on the beta invitation list – please let me know!