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Sharepoint 2010 is releasing on May 12th, 2010, and RTM (Release to Manufacturing) will be coming up this April 2010.

It is not surprised to know that Microsoft postpone the release date of Sharepoint 2010 a little bit, hope that they added new features and solved some known issues with Beta 2 version like: allow drill down in excel web access workbook, more compatible with VS2010 RC, since it is still not a formal version yet, even release VS2010 together with Sharepoint 2010 and office 2010, and with less configuration issues, etc.

It’s coming, it happens, it is here.

Here are some resource to help you pick it up quickly, depend on different roles you are in:

– In general review, Jeff’s notes are the best to summarize top 40 features Sharpeoint 2010 surprise you:http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2009/10/19/sharepoint-2010.aspx

– For a quick look and feel for New features of Sharepoint 2010 and focus on SHarepoint Enterprise Content Management, this Link has a first 22 minutes show to tell you what’s new with Sharepoint 2010 Business Collaboration Platform, especially new features for Enterprise Content Management, with lots of screen shots and very good contents. If you are interested in Sharepoint or ECM, I recommend you watch this part, it is one of the best among many webcasts about Sharepoint 2010.

– For Developer, check out a Developer’s quick start site here , the ten topics and examples give you a quick start help.

– For IT pros, this evaluation guide provides most of the update and important information you need to know as an IT personal.

Along the side, you need to start working on VS2010 RC, new Sharepoint Designer and the new office 2010 families.

Enjoy Sharepoint in 2010.

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Since Microsoft released Sharepoint 2010 Beta in the middle of November, I installed and played with it for a while. Here are some notes.

Installation:

It is much easier to install. However, you need to read some posts on line for some known issues to save your time, and download some patches before doing the full installation. Sharepoint 2010 also provides a way to auto download those files for you, so you need to set up the network connection for your VM before installation. I used VMWare to install 2010, OS is Windows Server 2008 with SP2. The configuration process is very smooth, you do not need to type in anything. To enable everything on 2010, you also need to set up the web server role and application role using windows server management tool.

Important New Features:

There are lots of topics about new features and guides about Sharepoint 2010. Sometimes you are getting lost because there are so many information available online. Based on my experiences, with new technologies, I always start from a box — a Sharepoint 2010 VM, an overview — an IT Pro’s evaluation guide, a sample — a developer evaluation guide, and a detailed reference – Sharepoint foundation 2010 and Sharepoint server 2010 SDKs. As an IT Pro, you may be very interested in these new features 2010 brings up on table:

1. Office Web Application: After downloading the latest released Office 2010 web app beta, and integrated it into Sharepoint by installing it as a Sharepoint service application, now I can open a word, excel, or a power point file from my browser including IE, Firefox, Safari (from both window pc and iphone), and even Google Chrome, and edit these files directly in browsers, with version controls and synchronization running on the server! These make it possible to read/edit Sharepoint documents from anywhere, anytime, by using mobile devices like iphone or Microsoft mobile phone. And I would say that the 2010 version mobile pages are great! It is automatically designed to integrate with my iphone, and browsering a Sharepoint 2010 sites is easy and very smooth. Lots of problems are solved to make it better to view Sharepoint site from Firefox, Safari and Chrome. The following are 16 screen shots tested on my sharepoint 2010 server using iphone, firefox and Google Chrome.

2. Global Content Type: Content types now are farm wise concept! This is very important for the enterprise to build up their own custom meta data across the server and reuse it anywhere afterwards. And different site collections can share the same content type now.

3. WCF Based Service: Now Sharepoint services are WCF based — which means that you can access Sharepoint from any platform anywhere, and chose connection types, this is huge for enterprise level integration architecture, to make Sharepoint services connected with any existing applications.

4. Document Set: This is very important for document management, now you can group document type together as a set and bound them with workflow, version control and content types. For instance, you can create a document set called proposal which includes Technical approach, cost evaluation and system quality control analysis files and bound them together as a document set, Sharepoint will manage it as a single resource.

5. Access DB to Sharepoint: Now power users can create DBs using Access service with a form and view supported on Sharepoint site and publish new access solutions to Sharepoint sites with centrally accessible from Browser. — this helps we create project matadata (temple tables) with different business needs in the real life, without making any connection/changes to the application databases. Each project site Owner can create their own temple DB tables using Access Service and view it immediately on Site pages. Quick and Easy!

6. Sandbox Solutions: For any customized codes, now we can deploy it on the part of the server without influence other regular services running on Sharepoint.

7. Developer Dashboard View: As an IT Pro, you can turn on this Developer Dashboard feature to check the running process for server controls, db queries and networking performance and help you easily identify the problems.

8. BCS: Now you can directly create a Business Data Catalog using SPD 2010 or Visual Studio 2010 tools and it also support CRUD(Create/Read/Update/Delete) functions and this is also making office apps connect with BCS with Business Data information as the metadata.

Lots more, like Power Shell helps administration, Visio Service helps workflow, Search with FAST, communicate with people connections, Large List performance improvement, Excel Service as REST architecture, in memory DB technique (“Gemini”), etc….

… To be continued …

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Microsoft raised the curtain on SharePoint 2010 at Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) for the very first time, will be released in the first half of 2010. Here is the summary about the key improvement for this exciting upgraded product:

For Admin:

  •  Central Administration has been overhauled and has a cleaner, more productive, more intuitive UI with new functionality like new reports.
  •  built-in Best Practices Analyzer! — helps identify potential problems before they become real headaches
  • No more 2,000 items performance limitation (per list)!!
  •  Support Ribbon — While it also has a Visual Upgrade feature that lets you keep the old look and feel until you’re good-and-ready

For end-users:

  • The entire end-user experience is improved. It supports a rich, Ribbon-based, asynchronous UI that in one or two clicks, on one page. You can use IE, Firefox, Apple’s Safari, and “other browsers” — Apple iphone? By using Web Edit, you can edit any part of any page, in place and WYSIWYG—like a Wiki. — Great for customizaiton and personalization for ICE sites at a BU and personalized base.
  • Sharepoint Workspace — previous called Groove. This support offline sharepoint list/lib data edit and sync with real time data features. 
  • With BCS(Business Connectivity Services), which support read and WRITE! Whether it’s SharePoint data or data in back-end applications and databases, it all shows up as a SharePoint list. Huge changes!
  • SharePoint 2010 offers rich media support – can host videos effectively, and incorporate Silverlight with a built-in Silverlight Web part.
  • New Service for user – Visio Services tapps into back-end data sources and creates dynamic diagrams, no user side Visio installation.

For Developers:

  • Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint Tools — Coming up with Sharepoint 2010, make developemnt more efficient and powerful.
  • integrate with LINQ, a client side object model, BCS, Silverlight Web Part, TFS, a standard Solution Package and the developer dashboard, which can expose debugging information on any SharePoint page.

And a lot more …

Basically, we see that the whole architecture and infrustracture of next version Sharepoint 2010 is not changed a lot, while it added more features, site definitions, based on WSS3.0 (will Microsoft announce WSS4.0??) and provide more functionalities. components and services: like BCS, Visio Service, Ribbon, Silverlight WP, BPA, Rich Browser support, and better performance. With the new tool — VS 2010 Sharepoint Tool, it gives a more powerful weapon to implement and develop Sharepoint Solutions in a more efficient way. Watch detailed information on: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010/Sneak_Peek/Pages/default.aspx

And this is just partial of what Sharepoint 2010 brings to us early of year 2010.

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For Sharepoint guys who want to know something about sharepoint with VS2010, what are the new SharePoint development features in VS2010?
 
Microsoft claimed the new sharepoint features in VS2010 are:
 
      .  Customizing SharePoint with the help of new project and item templates.
      . Creating Web parts and application pages using new visual designers.
      . Designing association and initiation forms for your workflows.
      . Aggregating and integrating back-end data into your application using Business Data Catalog (BDC) models.
      . Importing existing solution packages (.wsp files) and then modifying and extending them.
      . Customizing features and packages using new designers and explorers.
      . Deploying and debugging SharePoint applications as easily as pressing F5.
      . Navigating SharePoint sites using Server Explorer.

Looks like Navigating Sharepoint using Server Explorer is a real exciting feature to explore the SharePoint hierarchies, and the rest of the feature are extensions of VSeWSS 1.1 &1.2
 
Recently I downloaded the VPC for VS2010 CTP and did some workthroughs with new features inside VS2010. The VS tools are much more powerful in many fields, however,  these new sharepoint features are not coming with CTP, nor will be in the Beta 1 build!
 

Check out this blog post by S. Soma Somasegar. The guy from Microsoft discusses some fo the new SharePoint development features coming in VS2010.
For sharepoint devlopers who wants to preview the tool, you might find this vedio from Channel 9 helps to give you a future view about sharepoint development in VS2010.
 
From what I understand, MSDeploy tool helps to build WAP packages and deploy sites through IIS, which might also been used for Sharepoint page deployment, if database script can be created easily(with VS2010) to provide content db for a new site, then this will help to deploy a DB based site page, and a traditional application type page.
 
However, sharepoint still needs to build solution files across the farm level and the next version of sharepoint(office14) will highly rely on Power Shell for coding administration comman lines. For Admins, they will have to learn Windows Power Shell coding to do the admin works.(words from Sharepoint Best Practice Conference). BTW,  www.codeplex.com has some really good tools:like SharePointManager and WSPBuilder, which have lots of good features already.
 
Hopefully it would not take too long for Microsoft release VS2010, as long as they do not plan to release it with Moss-NextVersion together. For Sharepoint Development on VS, it is complex with many manual steps for dev, debug, testing and deployment, at least for a while in the future, and using .wsp file is still one of the best choices so far.

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