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SharePoint Conference 2009 – Day One

Well I made it. After travelling for about 12 hours from London to San Fransico to Las Vegas and managed to get over the jet lag (nothing to do with Vegas!)

Today was about getting to know the new version of SharePoint 2010.

We were given an introduction to the product by Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) and Jeff Tepper (Corporate Vice President). There were some nice little sneak peaks and I was surprised that the first demo was a code demo!

My first break session was the “SharePoint 2010 Overview and What’s New” and this gave me a good overview of all the exciting new features available in SharePoint 2010.

Here is a break down (In no particular order) of some of the most exciting

  • PowerPivot (Project ‘Gemini’)
  • Taxonomy management including tagging and ratings,
  • Business Connectivity Services and External Content Types
  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint
  • Excel, Access and Visio Services and the Office Web Apps
  • Sandboxed Solutions

There is a shed load of more features and I’ll blog on them, when I know more.

I then made it along to the ‘Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010’ and ‘Overview of Social Computing in SharePoint 2010’. The Social Computing of SharePoint 2010 has been greatly improved and their definitely seems to be a nod to Facebook there (The status update and note board).

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