SharePoint vNext is Microsoft SharePoint 2010 – Officially
In all the announcements that we see about upcoming new version of SharePoint seems to use various terms SharePoint vNext, Office 14 so on. But today Microsoft officially named the next version of the SharePoint as Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and it will no longer be having the name MOSS attached to it. The reason behind this name change as per the Microsoft is to have a clear difference between the brand name Office and SharePoint. Most of the time we refer to Office / Microsoft office to the Office client applications.This change will help us to avoid ambiguity between MS Office Application & MS Office SharePoint.
Here are the few highlights of the new version.
• Using Office Web applications, customers will be able to create, edit and collaborate on Office documents through a browser.
• IT professionals will be able to choose to either deploy or manage on-premises or hosted as a service. (Isn’t great ??)
• For developers, we are working on Open APIs, deep support for industry standards and developer tool support with Visual Studio 2010 (Big Wow all in one).
Also we will have the Technology preview of the version somewhere in the Third quarter of 2009 and Release to manufacturing in the first half of 2010.