Microsoft has just announced that the public beta of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 will be released for the general public in November. This information was revealed by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during Microsoft’s Share Point Conference held in Las Vegas. The CEO for the first time went into depth of the capabilities that the SharePoint Server 2010 will provide. The key features that Microsoft SharePoint Server will provide includes:
- A new ribbon user interface that makes end users more productive and customization of SharePoint sites easy .
- Deep Office integration through social tagging, backstage integration and document life-cycle management.
- Built-in support for rich media such as video, audio and Silverlight, making it easy to build dynamic Web sites.
- New Web content management features with built-in accessibility through Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, multilingual support and one-click page layout, enabling anyone to access SharePoint Server sites.
- New SharePoint tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, giving developers a premier experience with the tools they know and trust.
- Business Connectivity Services, which allow developers to connect capabilities to line-of-business data or Web services in SharePoint Server and the Office client.
- Rich APIs and support for Silverlight, representational state transfer (REST) and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), to help developers rapidly build applications on the SharePoint platform.
- Enterprise features in SharePoint Online such as Excel Services and InfoPath Forms Services, which make it simple to use, share, secure and manage interactive forms across an organization.
- The addition of two new SharePoint SKUs for Internet-facing sites, including an on-premises and hosted offer.