SharePoint 2009 / 2010 / vNext Rumours

There’s no official information by Microsoft about the next version of WSS 3.0 / MOSS 2007 technologies. Nevertheless, there are bits of information that start to trickle down so that you can speculate about the most probable changes and improvements in the next SharePoint version. This version is likely to be named SharePoint 2009 or SharePoint 2010 and to be released just about when Office "14" is to be released, between 2009 and 2010.

My "educated guess" about the changes we can expect is:

  • Native AJAX and Silverlight support
  • More offline capabilities
  • Microsoft Office files HTML viewers (following the line of OWA and EWA)
  • Bi-directional BDC
  • Native support for SQL Server tables as SharePoint lists
  • Publishing module rewritten, to change the faulty Export / Import process
  • More Business Intelligence capabilities for MOSS, as PerformancePoint 2007 matures
  • Social networking improvements, maybe with Knowledge Management module included out-of-the-box

There are rumours that the first CTP should appear in 2008. So, all we need is just a little patience

Disclaimer: although it should be obvious, the information in this post is based completely on my knowledge of SharePoint and the information I could find on the Internet.

9 thoughts on “SharePoint 2009 / 2010 / vNext Rumours”

  1. I saw a Powerpoint presentation with screenshots of the new version. My first impression was that there is a lot of extra eye-candy (fading, animations, …) So I ‘m affraid that (deep?) SilverLight integration is unavoidable.

  2. Whether bi-directional BDC will be in the new SP Server depends on if they will make the deadline. Otherwise they will sell it as “you can’t bypass other GUI as they might contain business logic”. But I can’t wait to try it out!

  3. Can we expect a better integration of Sharepoint with Visio to enable making process maps etc from Sharepoint lists

  4. Be careful about posting vNext information. The product team doesn’t take kindly to posts like this right now.

  5. Of course, all this assumptions are based on my educated guesses and publicly disclosed information. I have no access to vNext alpha version nor any Microsoft confidential material.

  6. Search Google for SharePoint 2010 and you’ll see over 500,000 pages on the subject and growing on sites and blogs every day. I expect an “official” announcement on the next series of office products from MS to be out by 1st quarter of 2009. It would make sense that the new SharePoint 2010 would work BEST with Office 2010 client, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008.

  7. Be careful that you don’t reveal something about the product because the SharePoint team loves building things in a bubble so they don’t have to listen to their customers complain about how crappy their implementation is for the features you list. How is it that the rest of Microsoft products are based on customer feedback and actually tie into the rest of the microsoft development platform while the SharePoint team is off on a tangent?

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