October 22, 2009. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has announced that the public beta of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 would become available in November while revealing some of its new SharePoint Server 2010 capabilities at conference held recently.
Ballmer stated that “By taming the overflow of information across systems and technologies, SharePoint enables organizations to thrive,” Ballmer said. “SharePoint 2010 is the biggest and most important release of SharePoint to date. When paired with Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 will transform efficiency by connecting workers across a single collaboration platform for business.”
SharePoint Server is one of the fastest-growing products in Microsoft’s history, with over $1.3 billion in revenue, representing over a 20 percent growth over the past year.
According to IDC, Microsoft attained a significant share of the collaborative content workspace market in 2008, and had the highest growth rate among top vendors with its Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.1
During his keynote address, Ballmer noted that SharePoint Server would serve as a business collaboration platform for organisations while highlighting three key areas.
One was how organizations can respond quickly to business needs with an improved developer platform that makes it easier to build rich content and collaboration applications.
Another was how it would enhance Internet site capabilities that help businesses drive revenue and retain customers on a single platform. The third was the choice and flexibility between on-premises and cloud solutions.
Ballmer also highlighted features and capabilities of the SharePoint Server 2010 to include a new ribbon user interface that makes end users more productive and allows for customization of SharePoint sites, Deep Office integration through social tagging, backstage integration and document life-cycle management, Built-in support for rich media such as video, audio and Silver light, making it easy to build dynamic Web sites, New Web content management features with built-in accessibility through Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, multilingual support and one-click page layout amongst others.
Director of Enterprise Operations at Del Monte Foods Co, David Glenn, said “In today’s economy, controlling costs and expenses is essential. However, we still have the requirement to make sure our employees, customers and partners can get the information they need to be productive, no matter where they are. SharePoint 2010 is going to allow us to do that more effectively.”
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products, which includes Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010 that are designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers.