Microsoft has announced the technical Preview for the SharePoint 2010.It is a limited invitation only. But we can have a Sneak Peek of what will be available in the SharePoint 2010.
Watch the videos in the site, to give you some velocity here is the pictures and highlights from the sneak peek.
- New Ribbon based UI
- Support for Silverlight Web parts
- Rich Theming (Allows you to change the Skin of the SharePoint site to similar to the Office Client)
- Revamped Central Admin Design.
- Visual Upgrade (Option to upgrade the 2007 site to 2010 without any UI changes) to change the UI to 2010 it’s a flip of the Switch.
- Cool tools included in the Visual Studio 2010.(Visual Webpart designer, BCS Designer, Complete integrated option for developing Solutions)
- LINQ Support.(Implementation of LINQ in SharePoint)
- Developer Dashboard ( new dashboard for the developer that will help to view the Page loads, SP Request for the page, Web Part events stack etc)
- Business Connectivity Services (Yes BDC has been renamed and now it supports Read & write as well)
- External List (This is similar to List but the data are fetched from BCS)
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.