SharePoint Conference 2009: First impressions

So, the SharePoint Conference for 2009 is now away and I thought I´d share my experiences from it since I´m here in sunny Las Vegas enjoying it first hand.
This first post will cover the keynote from Monday 19th and the future posts will focus on sessions and things I find interesting. Hope you´ll enjoy it.


Steve Ballmer announced that the public Beta will be available in November. I think that´s a little surprising, I thought they (Microsoft) would make it available at the conference.
Jeff Teper, Corporate Vice President of the Office SharePoint Server Group, said in his part of the keynote that they basically where feature complete and ready to release the beta but they wanted to roll it out to more people at Microsoft and monitor that progress before going public.

Ballmer talked a lot about the cloud services for SharePoint (calling it SharePoint Online), not very surprising that he would focus on that since that seems to be a big focus area for Microsoft.
He also gave an overview of some of the focus areas for SharePoint 2010 and some of the key investments that they have made in the product which better or new support for:

  • Composites
  • Sites
  • Communities
  • Content
  • Search
  • Insight

Other things that SharePoint 2010 includes or extends upon are:

  • Support for WCAG 2.0 and XHTML compliance
  • Enterprise Wikis
  • Enterprise Blogs
  • Social, Tagging
  • Shared Services Provider is gone and replaced with a new architecture
  • SharePoint Workspace formerly known as Groove
  • Metadata store across farms
  • Win 7 support
  • Larger lists and better search
  • Silverlight and rich media content
  • The Ribbon

…and so on, and so on

As a whole the new SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 (formerly known as WSS) looks and feels great. Looking forward to the sessions to come.


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