Microsoft's SharePoint platform has generated a bunch of buzz and the upcoming SharePoint 2010 server will likely only increase corporate interest. Here we have a round-up of the most current news surrounding SharePoint and how it might impact your environment.

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Ballmer takes on SharePoint future, software licensing issues, Sidekick woes

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the potential of SharePoint shows no signs of having any limitations for the foreseeable future and that Microsoft will have consistent licensing across online and on-premises software, and will protect data in the cloud so episodes such as the Sidekick data loss never happens again.

SharePoint 2010: A guide to the many versions

Microsoft recently announced that the beta version of SharePoint 2010 would be available in November and the final code would ship in the first half of 2010. In true Microsoft form, this means Redmond will have a whole bunch of confusing editions. Eight have so far been revealed, which is more than the list of editions on Microsoft's public SharePoint 2010 Web site.

Inside SharePoint Server 2010 beta

SharePoint 2010 includes new Media and Content Web Parts, including a Silverlight video viewer.

Governance Planning for SharePoint 2010: What's New?

Have you been wondering what new aspects of governance you need to think about for SharePoint 2010? Well, I have, and I'm delighted to be able to post this link to a preview of the Planning for Governance chapter of Essential SharePoint 2010 Overview, Governance and Planning.

Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will launch May 12

Microsoft said the official release date of its next versions of Office and SharePoint: May 12. Office 2010 will be available to businesses on that day, but consumers will have to wait until an unspecified date in June before they can purchase their versions.

SharePoint 2010 overkill for some, Forrester says

Despite platform improvements coming in Microsoft's SharePoint 2010 server, the software is likely to be overkill for users seeking to meet isolated and specific requirements, according to a study by Forrester Research.

SharePoint 2010 in Action: US Olympic Committee Press Box

The US Olympic Committee press site was built on SharePoint 2010. The site, USOC PressBox, demonstrated the rich image capabilities available with SharePoint 2010's native Silverlight integration.

Podcast: Are you doing what it takes to succeed at implementing SharePoint?

I talked with Dux Raymond Sy, author of O'Reilly's SharePoint for Project Management and Innovative-E SharePoint consultant, on this week's podcast about what we can learn from successful and failed SharePoint projects. Both of us had our various views and experiences, but a very common theme that emerged is working with business leaders and end users to help ensure you're solving a valuable business problem, rather than offering SharePoint as yet more "features" from IT.

SharePoint 2010: Magical Solution with New Organizational Challenges

In his keynote speech at the SharePoint 2009 Conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called SharePoint "magical." The upcoming SharePoint 2010 release is certainly that - but it's also overwhelming. There are incredible improvements for SharePoint developers and end users alike, but there are also new opportunities to lose focus along the way towards building useful collaboration solutions.

SharePoint 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server

SharePoint 2010 will require a 64-bit version of SQL Server and it will not support Internet Explorer 6, according to Microsoft. At the company's annual TechEd conference, Microsoft also revealed that SharePoint 2010 will not be available with the Office 2010 beta that it plans to ship in July.

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