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The New Microsoft SharePoint 2010

By:Christine Fettinger

The new Microsoft SharePoint is here and better than ever. Initially, it seems that Microsoft has upgraded most of the features of this business software, but let’s take a deeper look. For starters, there is a new user interface which mirrors the added “ribbon” menu of the Word/PowerPoint 2007, providing easy access to SharePoint’s advanced tools.

Additionally, Microsoft has further improved the collaboration tools. For example, it is now possible to simultaneously work on Word documents and PowerPoint presentations. The calendar functions have also improved with added drag-drop functionality of events and multiple calendar views as well as group calendaring. The new SharePoint workspace also allows you to work on sites, libraries, and lists offline only to be updated the next time you access your network.

It is also possible to manage wiki pages and blogs from SharePoint. The new version also has social networking to improve your business and contacts with new content management as well as a new search function that is supposed to be a “social experience.” This search will include the FAST Search technology created by Microsoft which involves features that include visual search, metadata extraction, and advanced linguistics. Very Nice!

Microsoft’s newest installation of SharePoint offers an easier interface to do site management and enhanced SharePoint designer. Additionally, Microsoft is providing a new database that can support usage reporting and logging. Finally, SharePoint will now recognize more browsers, IE 7.0 and 8.0, Firefox, and Safari.

After a handful of fairly complex SharePoint 2010 implementations for CyberStreams clients, we’ve been very pleased that the Microsoft SharePoint team has given us the features and functionality that our clients have needed and we’ve been asking for!