The Next Generation of Information Worker Practice is SharePoint 2010
All under one umbrella hood, but making most from the Enterprise Collaboration and Document Management, Microsoft has been quite successful in making the SharePoint 2007 as the choice of 17,000 customers all over the world. For those, who actually realized the importance and the need of such a cohesive environment, the next generation platform for SharePoint, is focusing even more on making it a Unified Infrastructure – from Community & Business Collaboration, to Web Content Management, to Enterprise Search.
“Office Suite”, being a personal and close affair for the Information workers, it becomes even better as we see a very tight integration of Microsoft office 2010 products, acting as a client for SharePoint. If the “Ribbon Style” over the web has still not excited you enough, there is a great enhancement from the Core Platform Services to APIs to developer tools. Tight Integration with Visual Studio 2010 which comes as a part of SharePoint tools available out Of the Box is something I am sure the developer community will really cherish.
“LINQ provider for SharePoint Silverlight Webpart, Client Object model for building Rich Internet Applications, REST support, Sandbox solution support, which allows the developers to deploy without being administrators are few to make developers happy. On the other hand, enhancements like Business Connectivity Services, SharePoint Designer, Visio Workflow Visualization and Integration, Word Services, Access Services and few more to add to the list.”
Needless to say, those who are thinking to upgrade from previous version to the SharePoint 2010, there is a seamless upgrade path available for all of us. Since the Service Pack 2 – SharePoint 2007, we had a neat utility – Upgrade Checker, which identify issues and can be taken care of. If you have fall in love with SharePoint 2007 user interface and what to still upgrade – use Visual Upgrade, which allows you to use 2010 features.
What’s store for you in the SharePoint 2010 bag:
Visual Studio 2010 ships with SharePoint
• LINQ Provider
• Silverlight Webpart
• Business Connectivity Services
• Visual upgrade allows 2007 interface to be maintained
• Upgrade Checker
• Backward Compatibility
• SharePoint Workspace Client
• Ribbon user interface
• Cross-browser capability
• Support for mobile devices
If you think you were in the SharePoint Lifecycle already and want to be part of it in this Generation release, then welcome to SharePoint 2010.