What’s New in SharePoint Server 2010?

Microsoft has provided a lot of information on what’s new in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on this TechNet Web site, along with links to more detailed documentation. Here’s a summary.

Access Services
Use Access Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 to edit, update, and create linked Microsoft Access 2010 databases that can be viewed and manipulated by using an Internet browser, the Access client, or a linked HTML page.

Business Connectivity Services
SharePoint Server 2010 and the Microsoft Office 2010 suites include Microsoft Business Connectivity Services, which is a set of services and features that provide a way to connect SharePoint-based solutions to sources of external data and to define external content types based on that external data.

Central Administration (Redesigned)
Central Administration has been redesigned in SharePoint Server 2010 to provide a more familiar experience and make it easier for users to find what they are looking for.

Digital Asset Management
SharePoint Server 2010 includes a new asset library specially designed for managing and sharing digital assets such as audio, video, and other rich media files.

Enterprise Search
With the new capabilities in SharePoint Server 2010, search administrators can configure an optimal search infrastructure that helps end users find information in the enterprise quickly and efficiently.

Excel Services
Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 can be used to publish Excel client workbooks on SharePoint Server 2010.

Health Monitoring
SharePoint Server 2010 includes an integrated health analysis tool called SharePoint Health Analyzer that enables SharePoint Server to automatically check for potential configuration, performance, and usage problems.

Managed Metadata
Managed metadata is a hierarchical collection of centrally managed terms that you can define, and then use as attributes for items in SharePoint Server 2010. The Managed Metadata Service supports the use of managed metadata, as well as the sharing of content types across the enterprise.

PerformancePoint Services
PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides flexible, easy-to-use tools for building dashboards, scorecards, and key performance indicators (KPIs).

Records Management
In SharePoint Server 2010, you can manage records in an archive, or you can manage records in the same document repository as active documents.

Sandboxed Solutions
You can deploy sandboxed solutions to quickly and more securely solve business problems. Sandboxed solutions are like farm solutions except in the following ways: they are rights-restricted and have a more permissive deployment policy than farm solutions; they are limited to the site collection to which they are deployed; and their server resource usage is monitored against an administrator-controlled quota for the site collection.

Social Computing
SharePoint Server 2010 includes social networking tools such as My Site Web sites and social content technologies such as blogs, wikis, and really simple syndication (RSS). These features are built upon a database of properties that integrates information about people from many kinds of business applications and directory services. You can adapt content to each user while enabling administrators to set policies to protect privacy.

Review upgrade requirements and find out about new upgrade tools and options, including information about the pre-upgrade checker, Visual Upgrade, and the test-spcontentdatabase Windows PowerShell cmdlet.

Visio Services
The Visio Graphics Service is a service on the SharePoint Server 2010 platform that enables users to share and view Visio diagrams and enables data-connected Microsoft Visio 2010 diagrams to be refreshed and updated from a variety of data sources.

Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is the new command-line interface and scripting language specifically designed for system administrators.

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