Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.
Microsoft cloud engineer - SharePoint, Office 365, Azure, DotNet, Angular, JavaScript.

SharePoint 2010

Steve Ballmer and I at #SPC09

During the SharePoint 2010 conference I had the distinct honor of personally meeting and having photos taken with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.  Wow!  I am still amazed.  Here’s the story.  Emily and I planned a reception for Saturday October 24.   I later learned of the conference and dates.  Since we were going to be in Las Vegas the week before it was fate  … we had to get married by Elvis at the Viva Las Vegas wedding chapel.   So we did.   When word of our plans got around Twitter and to the conference organizers they arranged for us to have a special backstage photo op after the opening keynote speech Monday October 19th.   We were even mentioned in the press in a Computer World article titled “SharePoint guru adds wedding, Elvis into conference schedule”.    I did a Google News search on my name and Steve Ballmer and got this one hit.   Never thought that would happen.

Really cool things that happened this week:

  • SharePoint 2010 was released
  • We met Steve Ballmer
  • Emily and I got married
  • … by Elvis
  • I met many new Twitter friends in person
  • I saw many old friends again
  • Our room was upgraded to a top floor honeymoon suite with flowers, chocolate, and champagne (awesome!)
  • Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 were released

I’ve only been married for three days but can easily say it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done. 


      Woohoo!!!   I’ll never forget this week.   For all you single extra geeky Twitter-tee wearing dudes out there I highly recommend finding an amazing, caring, fun woman to spend your life with and then climbing up on the roof top to shout it out.   Other geeks are very supportive, encouraging, and just downright fun when it comes to helping you celebrate.    The whole trip feels like a dream and was so much better than anything I could have imagined.


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SharePoint 2010 Sneak Peek !!!

Today Microsoft released some great videos highlighting the potential of the next release of SharePoint.    There is some excellent material here include a full walk through showing live products in action.




  • Tom Rizzo, speaker
  • Robust cross browser support
  • AJAX calls for faster page loads
  • SharePoint Designer 2010 – Streamline interface, robust BDC features.    No more Lightning Tool BDC Metaman?
  • SharePoint Workspace 2010 – Take lists and documents offline with a better than ever Groove client
  • BCS is the new BDC
  • Rich integration with Office 2010 – Sample BCS populated memo to regional sales representative.




IT Pro

  • Richard Riley, speaker
  • Professional productivity, Scalable platform, Flexible deployment
  • Release timeline
  • Central Admin cleaned interface.   Similar to Control Panel in XP from Windows 2000.  
  • Robust Logging.   New dedicated database, runs BPA (Best Practice Analyzer) to give suggestions, granular detail never seen before.   “Slowest Pages” insight.
  • Visual Upgrade.    Allows site owners and users to preview before decided to switch browser interfaces.


  • Developer productivity, Platform services, Flexible deployment
  • Developer dashboard.   Site feature provides browser output with detail rendering stack.  
  • Visual Studio 2010  – MUCH improved developer experience.    Detailed build options and project types.
  • Visual web part designer.
  • LINQ for SharePoint API
  • Client Object Model (OM) available in Silverlight and JavaScript.
  • Write quality solutions in less time.

SharePoint 2010 Beta coming in July?

It looks like we’ll have a new release this Summer to learn.
  • Rizzo stressed during his presentation at TechEd that users will have to start thinking 64-bit when they think of the next version of SharePoint.
  • The 2010 edition will require a 64-bit version of SQL Server 2005 or 2008. In addition, the server will run on the 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008.
  • Rizzo also announced that SharePoint Server 2010 will not support Internet Explorer 6.

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