There is some exciting new emerging from Microsoft around SharePoint 2010 that I wanted to share with you. We have reached the Technical Preview, an engineering milestone, and are excited to publically share some features and resources.
Microsoft.com has posted a set of “sneak-peek” features and videos http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010/Sneak_Peek/Pages/default.aspx. You can now look through
· SharePoint Server 2010 Sneak Peek FAQ
· SharePoint Server 2010 Sneak Peek Overview
· SharePoint Server 2010 Sneak Peek Overview Video
· SharePoint Server 2010 Sneak Peek IT Pro Video
· SharePoint Server 2010 Sneak Peek Developer Video
· SharePoint Server 2010 Sneak Peek Get Ready
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 will enter Beta in 2009 and is targeted for general availability in the first half of 2010. We will announce our Public Beta availability later this year and will have more information to share on how customers can participate.
The best way to get started with SharePoint 2010 is to get a great SharePoint 2007 deployment today. Use your software assurance benefits such as SharePoint Deployment Planning Services to help get deployed on SharePoint 2007. Run the Upgrade Checker in SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 2 to scan your SharePoint 2007 systems to see how ready your system is for upgrade to SharePoint 2010. For a comprehensive list of readiness resources and the right steps to take today, check out the SharePoint 2010 Get Ready section.
Additionally, I strongly encourage you to attend the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas in October if you live and work with SharePoint as a developer or an Administrator. This will be the key event for the SharePoint Server 2010 release. More information is available at http://www.mssharepointconference.com.