2010 Review – Sites

SharePoint 2010 has finally hit the streets! Now what? Well… now the SharePoint Dude is going to take you through the product on a guided tour.

What’s this series?

We will tackle the famous, “SharePoint Wheel“, as seen on many of Microsoft’s SharePoint reference materials.   I will walk you through the wheel, one step at a time, and will discuss new features, functionality, improvements, and my personal likes / dislikes with SharePoint 2010.

First stop – Sites.

Sites are, of course, nothing new to SharePoint 2010.  They are the very foundation of the product.  I’m going to assume that if you’re interested in SharePoint 2010, you pretty much know what a site is.    However, what I will not assume, is that you know what’s new for sites in SharePoint 2010. So, here we go!

First Glance:

At first glance, it doesn’t appear that much has changed, besides the “look and feel” of sites.  Of course, SharePoint 2010 has had a bit of a facelift and the default template appears a little more “clean” in this version.

However, peel back the curtain a little and you’ll find that much improvement has been made with regards to sites.

What the SharePoint Dude likes:

There are many things to like about how SharePoint 2010 has improved upon sites.  In this post, I will just point out a few features that I am most excited about.

  1. Better Integration with Microsoft Office.   Now, you can use familiar Microsoft Office applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, to edit documents in a browser.  Using familiar tools allows you to easily format text and images, making editing simple, efficient, and familiar!
  2. SharePoint Workspace.   Groove gets a facelift, too!  If you’re a fan of Apple’s “MobileMe”, you’ll love SharePoint Workspaces.  This is a great way to collaborate “in the cloud” and/or to access your work on the go (even from Mobile Devices).
  3. Better Browser Support. One of the most frustrating things I’ve encountered with previous version of SharePoint, personally, was that limited support was available for browsers other than IE.   Now, there’s support for Firefox and Safari in SharePoint 2010 as well.  So, we’re no longer handcuffed to IE, and our Mac users will be happy, too.  :-)
  4. Office Ribbon Integration – I think this one is my favorite.  Using the, now familiar, Office Ribbon in SharePoint 2010 makes editing and navigating your SharePoint environment much more intuitive.  Your end-users will love you for this!
  5. Tag Clouds – SharePoint 2010 has included major enhancements in the area of taxonomy and search.  I’ll cover search in another topic, as it’s pretty involved.  However, I did want to tell you about content tagging.  SharePoint 2010 allows you to tag content and subscribe to specific tags.  This way, you can view RSS feeds and receive notifications when content is added or changed in your favorite topics.

If you want to know more about what Microsoft did to improve Sites in SharePoint 2010, just look at these resources:

What SharePoint 2010 site features do you like?   Chime in and let us know what you think!!

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