As promised, I continue the series of analyzing the SharePoint 2010 sneak peek videos with the SharePoint 2010 Overview video.
- My SharePoint:
So they changed the My Site to My SharePoint. I guess they put the My Links in there too. But does it mean they rethought the whole “My Site” concept? I hope so. In my experience the My Sites (which are separate site collections per user) are not frequently used. Most company documents should be stored in team sites anyway. They should only be used to store information users want to share with coworkers only (blogs for example). Not many people like to target such a small group, however.
- Site Pages:
So what are these site pages? It is definitely a library of pages within a team site. But it is a special one, as it gets special tie ins in the user interface (SharePoint Designer, View All Pages). In the end it strangely ressembles the Pages library of MOSS 2007. This would mean that Publishing pages are the default now within Team Sites. (you can see they edit a “wiki content” publishing control) I think this is a good thing, aspecially if they merge every page to one kind of page. This would also mean WSS (or whatever they will name the free version, if there is one) will contain publishing features or something in the likes. I’m really curious how this turns out to be.
- Site Workflows:
I developed quite a few workflows, so this one I’m a pretty interested in. If this is what I think it is, it means that they’ve implemented workflows being able to run within the context of sites, instead of only list items.
I wonder how this ‘ll be implemented, as it’s pretty tied in with the list item concept. I hope they created a new programming interface in the object model, similar to the ISecurableObject (which is implemented by SPWeb, SPListItem and SPList), and hopefully it’ll be open to use.
However it turns out, it’ll mean being able to develop a whole new kind of workflows which would really fill up a lack in the product.
- Office Web Apps:
One of the more discussed feature of the new 2010 version of Office is the presence of web versions of the main applications. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and appearantly also a Visio viewer. This is what Windows blogger Paul Thurrott said: “The Office Web Applications will be distributed via Office Live…. while businesses can actual host on-site.”My guess is that the on-site version will be wrapped in some sort of enterprise version of SharePoint 2010. And I think you’ll have 3 ways to use them: Office Live, on-site SharePoint and SharePoint online (BPOS). But behind the scenes they’ll all use SharePoint 2010 technology (application pages). You can find lots of clues of SharePoint as host, in the urls and such. (application pages, document libraries, …) Too bad there doesn’t really seem to be consistency in the naming conventions of the urls (some get separate folders within the _layouts dir, some get viewer, …). I hope they’ll fix this in the final release.Also, it seems you’ll be able to use them directly as a web part in your pages.
It seems you can now push themes to subsites and make ‘em inherit from the parent site. Nice!
Ok, that’s it for the overview video. Hope you’ve liked it. See ya!