[SPC09] Day One: Keynote

Today the HUGE information stream began flowing, starting with a keynote by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and SharePoint directors Jeff Teper and Tom Rizzo.

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I’ll summarize the main points of the keynote.

  • SharePoint 2010 Public Beta will be launched in November 2009. The RTM version is to follow in the first half of 2010 together with Office 2010
  • SharePoint can now be installed on Windows Vista or Windows 7 for development
  • Visual Studio 2010 (beta available) fully supports SharePoint 2010 development
  • Windows SharePoint Services 4.0 will now be called SharePoint 2010 Foundation and will include more features (Business Data Connectivity, for instance)
  • Office 2010 adds Web Edit capabilities for Office files stored in SharePoint, without opening them in the client applications
  • SharePoint Workspace will let you work offline and sync the changes (even the external data)
  • SharePoint document management now include document sets and farm-wide taxonomy (Managed Metadata Service)
  • Metadata-driven navigation and tagging
  • Large lists are now throttled and millions of items can be stored in them
  • Business Intelligence is now enhanced with SQL Server PowerPivots (that now allow Excel and Excel Services to manage millions of rows seamlessly) and PerformancePoint Services
  • Visio Services and Access Services are added
  • Silverlight Organization Chart Navigator and Media Player web part are available
  • External content types now surface external data into the SharePoint lists with read and write access
  • Pervasive AJAX: Dialogs, Ribbon, Notification Area, Status Bar
  • REST-ful API for Lists and Excel Services
  • SharePoint Online now use Sandboxed WSP solutions to run user code securely
  • You can now stream multimedia content stored in SharePoint
  • Multi-browser compatibility
  • Multi-lingual interface
  • Seamless on-premise, mixed and cloud deployment with the same administration
  • PowerShell administration with 300+ cmdlets
  • Logging data can now be surfaced in a database that you can extend (yes, the only database that MS will let us touch)
  • Mobile access to SharePoint and Office data
  • Revamped search with optional FAST integration

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Entering the Keynote Room

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Tom Rizzo introduces the keynote

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Steve Ballmer during the keynote

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SharePoint 2010 Search Licensing unveiled

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FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 with rich and dynamic user interface

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SharePoint 2010 Licensing, both on-premise and on-cloud

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Steve Ballmer and Tom Rizzo answering the questions (Steve actually said “The right answer is YES, now what’s the REAL answer?”. Kind of a funny quote…)

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SQL Server PowerPivot is presented

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SharePoint 2010 Mobile Access in a mobile browser

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SharePoint PowerShell cmdlets

There were funny moments during the keynote speech, I liked the joke about the “fruit company” (Apple, of course) when referring to multibrowser capabilities of SP2010.

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