SharePoint 2010 New Features


Microsoft has released a couple of sneak peek videos about SharePoint 2010 at http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint

Here are some of my notes from these videos

Business Value

The SharePoint pie from MOSS 2007 has been changed for 2010.  Instead of focusing on generic portal topics, the focus is more on the business value of SharePoint.  Here is the new pie

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Sites

Sites are all about sharing info with employees/partners/customers – empowering customers across all mediums
Team Sites, Internet Facing sites, extranets for customers and partners

Communities

Ad-Hoc Communities
Communities in terms of hierarchy (comes from AD)
Communities now include Business Partners. You could search for users who are non-employees

Content

Collaboration Content
Line of Business Content
People Centric Content

Search

FAST Search is integrated into SharePoint
Highly scalable Search engine
Emphasis on getting the right results on the first page
Enhanced People Search
Enhanced Business Data Search

Insights

Combination of all the above
Microsoft’s vision is a decision engine that brings other tools into unison

Composites

Help rapidly create dynamic business solutions
End user applications
Business Processes
Tools and integration with SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio

New Features

  1. Ribbon inside SharePoint
  2. Customizable Ribbon
  3. Contextual
  4. Removable and users have the option to go back to the MOSS 2007 interface
  5. Asynchronous user interface – minimal postbacks
  6. Dialogs employ DHTML effects to gray the background and provide user dialogs

Functionality previously available under the Content and Structure pages are now available in the main library

Multi select documents to checkout /check -in/delete etc.

Customization Capabilities

  1. Page edits are called Web-Edits – This replaces the Site Text and font etc.
  2. Live Preview of fonts/colors etc, similar to Office 2007
  3. Upload and modify Images directly instead of uploading first to a image library
  4. Picture Tools provide Resizing of pictures directly using the picture
  5. Changing styles like having borders etc. for images

SilverLight

  1. Add SilverLight web parts without additional configuration
  2. Just point the web part to a XAP file in a document library
    Interactive zoom is available on SilverLight web parts

Theming

  1. You can theme SharePoint using the same theme as PowerPoint
  2. e.g Upload a Powerpoint theme
    Choose the theme and apply it to the site
    Now the site looks like the Powerpoint slide
    You can preview a theme on the site before applying it
  3. Firefox is fully supported and can do the same things as IE
  4. Completely redesigned Sharepoint Designer with Ribbon

Visio Services

  1. Visio can connect to backend and visualize the data
  2. Can publish visio into SharePoint and can render them without the need for visio on the client (similar to Excel Services)
  3. This functionality is called Visio Services
  4. Can zoom in and zoom out of diagrams
  5. Needs a good Visio design first for Business processes

BDC is now Business Connectivity Services

  1. Can take LOB data offline using SharePoint workspace Manager(previously Groove)
  2. Tools in SPD and VS for modeling LOB entities
  3. External data are called Entities – they live in BCS and you can work with them in SPD
  4. External Content types based on these LOB entities can be created within SPD
  5. There is a browser within SPD which can browse SQL Databases and provide views/stored procs etc.
  6. You can right click on an entity and create CRUD operations on it using a simple wizard and publish from SPD
  7. External data gets converted to a list like view
  8. Users can filter and sort BCS data and work with it like they would with a SharePoint list
  9. Users can seamlessly update data in 2010, which will automatically update the LOB system
  10. You can create a Word template with BDC elements and publish to a library. When the user creates a new document they can pick those BCS entities within Office
  11. To take items offline use Groove – SharePoint workspace manager – Click on Sync to Computer
  12. Lists/Libraries are all synced
  13. LOB data flows offline in Groove
  14. Can edit LOB data when offline and sync back when connected

Whats New for Developers

  1. Visual Studio 2010  has Visual Web part Designer. No more building tables for layout. You can drag and drop and create controls within web parts, similar to ASP.NET forms
  2. Developer Dashboard – can allow any page to provide debug info
  3. LINQ for SharePoint has been released and allows developers to use LINQ objects to query SharePoint lists
  4. Client Object Model – can run code on the client using JS/.NET.  This is especially useful when building Silverlight applications
  5. Supports TFS , automated builds
  6. New Project Templates are available in Visual Studio 2010
  7. Comes with a SharePoint Server Explorer within VS
  8. Can lookup Sites/Lists etc. as just like SQL Explorer in visual studio
  9. Can automate post deployment tasks – no more post deploy batch files required, UI to specify deployment steps
  10. There is a BDC explorer within VS to explore LOB data from within VS
  11. Visual Web part project comes with Features and Packages automatically.  Complete drag and drop functionality to visually build a web part
  12. SilverLight can use Client Object Model to access list data using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client namespace
  13. Runs CAML queries asynch and provides a rich client side object model to access data

Whats New for Administrators

  1. New SharePoint best practices analyzer – Comes with a set of pre-built rules , You can build your own rule if you need. It can automatically correct issues provided you set it up to do so
  2. New Central Admin Console look and feel.  Items are grouped differently compared to the 2007 version
  3. New Backup and Restore Tools in the UI
  4. Visual Upgrade option – Can upgrade 2007 to 2010 and keep the old layout and customizations
  5. New SQL Logging Database – Developers can write code to log to this SQL database ,  Can write your own events into the logging database, Whole bunch of out of the box reports for logging
  6. Scalable List infrastructure –  Can control how many items get returned from a list , Can set happy hour deadlines to filter the number of items in a list based on time of day
  7. Unattached Content DB recovery – If you need to recover sites/lists from a DB backup you can do so without restoring it onto a temporary site. You can also – Browse content, Backup the site ,  Export site and all of this without restoring it onto a site
  8. Upgrade looks and feels like 2007  – Can preview the new look and feel and revert back to the old version
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