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Friday, July 8, 2011

What’s New and Improved in SharePoint 2010?

New Functionality

Some of the features introduced in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 were put in place because of customer requests, and quite a few are simply an evolution of the SharePoint platform. In the end, the functionality was added to provide a richer experience to the user base.

Microsoft Access Services

You can now create, edit, and update Microsoft Access 2010 databases within SharePoint. These databases can be viewed and manipulated by using a Web browser, the Microsoft Access client, or a Web page that is linked to your site.

Business Connectivity Services

It is now possible to easily connect to external data sources. By using Office 2010, you are able to update external data sources to create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) items.

Digital Asset Manager

SharePoint 2010 has a library dedicated to managing and sharing digital assets such as audio, video, and other rich media files.

With the Digital Assets library, multiple rich media files can be stored together

Read-Only Databases

SharePoint 2010 now has the ability to set up read-only databases. This is important for upgrades or server maintenance.  During these evolutions users are still able to access and view their content. By having this feature there will be less downtime for you during IT operations.

Records Management

Separate locations in which to store records in SharePoint 2010 do not have to be created. Records can be managed in an archive or in the same library or list (in place). When content is declared a record, different policies can be applied to it than are applied to active content (for example, make the content read-only), while maintaining the content in an active list or library.

Microsoft Visio Services

SharePoint 2010 gives you the ability to share and view Microsoft Visio diagrams within a Web browser. It also enables data connected Visio 2010 diagrams to be refreshed and updated from a variety of data sources (also using the browser).

Coauthoring

SharePoint now supports simultaneous multiuser collaboration,meaning that multiple people can edit the same ocument at the same time. Microsoft recommends a maximum number of 10 coauthors. You can have up to 99 coauthors on the same document, but performance will be degraded.

With SharePoint 2010, you can now store declared records in an active library

Windows 7 Search

You can now search SharePoint sites directly using the desktop search functionality of the Windows 7 operating system.

Tag Profiles

Find information and discussions on specific keywords or topics using Tag Profile pages.

Chart Web Parts

You can now create charts within a browser based on data in SharePoint lists. You can also use business connectivity and Excel Services–based lists to support these Web Parts.

Improved Functionality

Besides introducing many new features, SharePoint 2010 also has improved functionality that was present in the previous version of SharePoint.

User Interface

The out-of-the-box interface for SharePoint 2010 uses the ribbon interface found in Microsoft Office clients such as Word and Excel. Including the ribbon in SharePoint 2010 brings continuity to the Office products and also makes it easier and faster to find the functionality you are looking for.

 
Document Ribbon
Library/ List Ribbon
New Interface for customizing themes

Enterprise Search

It is now possible for administrators to configure a search infrastructure that can help business users find information in the enterprise quickly and efficiently.

Excel Services

With Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 you can load, calculate, and display Microsoft Excel workbooks using Excel Services.By using Excel Services, you can reuse and share Excel workbooks on SharePoint Server 2010 portals and dashboards. For example, accountants, analysts, or engineers can create content in Excel and share it with others by using an SharePoint Server 2010 portal and dashboard—without writing custom code. You can control what data is displayed, and you can maintain a single version of your Excel workbook.

Large List Scalability and Management
 
SharePoint 2010 supports lists that can contain millions of tems. Administrators are able to control the number of items returned so that searches do not slow down SharePoint. Microsoft does not recommend having more than 30 million items in a list or library.

Improved Backup and Restore

Through the use of Windows PowerShell, SharePoint 2010 can back up or restore not only the farm but also farm configuration information, site collections, subsites, or lists. Administrators can now respond to user needs more quickly and with greater flexibility.
Themes
Themes provide the ability for users to change the look and feel of their sites. Themes can be used to help sites more closely match an organization’s branding requirements.



New Interface for customizing themes


PerformancePoint Services

You now have the ability to create scorecards that bring together data from multiple sources both inside and outside SharePoint 2010. PerformancePoint Services can produce interactive, context-driven dashboards to track the KPIs (key performance indicators) of your organization.

Social Computing

SharePoint 2010 has improved My Site Web sites and social technologies such as blogs, wikis, and RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds.



Personal SharePoint site referred to as My Site

 

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