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The first shots of SharePoint 2010 are live on the internet. Just like everyone who started working with the beta of MOSS2007 in late 2006 I’m very curious about the new thing, now called “SharePoint twenty ten”.
 
I’ve summarized some of the new functional features that come available in the new SharePoint version.
1. The new interface. This will be quite a shock. Compare this to the change from Office 2003 to Office 2007. SharePoint 2010 comes with a ribbon with all the actions you can perform in one view. Luckily you do not have to change to this new look & feel directly when you upgrade to SharePoint 2010. You can upgrade to SharePoint 2010 and benefit from all the new functionalities but stick (for a while) with the old interface. This way the technical owner of the SharePoint environment (e.g. the IT department) and the business owner of the SharePoint environment (e.g. Marketing & Communication) can decide on their own when they want to upgrade to SharePoint 2010.

2. Uploading and using Images. A small but annoying thing in SharePoint 2007 (and also in lots of other content management systems) is the fact the before you can use an image on a page, you first have to make it available in an image library. Although fairly logical, this is something that you come across in every end-user training. People forget to first put the image in a library or get lost with all the pop-ups you get when uploading and selecting an image while creating a page.
SharePoint 2010 fixes this with a simple “Add Picture” pop-up that incorporates the browse button to the physical location of a picture on your PC and a dropdown list of the available (image) libraries in the current site you’re working in. By clicking the Ok button, the image is uploaded to the selected library and placed on the page you’re working on. Simple but very effective!!

3. Usage logging. SharePoint 2007 came with a very basic support for showing reports about the usage of a SharePoint environment. And the information that was available, could only be accessed through a standard SharePoint maintenance page. It was not possible to access the usage information from the object model. In SharePoint 2010 this is changed. Usage logging is stored in a separate database and is now accessible for custom development. This means that functional requests I’ve heard a lot like “I want a webpart showing the most used services” or “I want to give users a personalized list with �My Most Used Pages'” now can be realized with information stored by SharePoint. Examples of things you can log are Page requests, Search query usage and Rating usage.
 
These are only some of the new features that come with SharePoint 2010. Other promising features that will come available with the new SharePoint version are:
Multiple browser support
Possible usage of Silverlight
Integration with Visio documents for easy workflow processes
a SharePoint best practices analyser
And probably lots and lots more�
Can’t wait to get my hands on the beta release

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