SharePoint 2010 is now available for download on MSDN (as of last week). For those lucky MSDN subscribers go pick up your copy and start planning your upgrades/implementations today!
Also, Todd Klindt has pointed out on his blog that SQL Server 2008 R2 is available for a 180 day trial. Hopefully that will be long enough for it to be released on MSDN. Let’s hope that we can upgrade it to the full version once we all have keys! Here’s the direct link to the SQL Server 2008 R2 download page.
Check it out here: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010/Sneak_Peek/Pages/default.aspx
Microsoft has posted three great videos detailing improvements for three roles of users including a general overview, IT professionals and developers.
Some of the highlights include:
- Ribbon support (with live preview and context aware)
- Visio Services
- BDC revamped to the Business Connectivity Services
- Groove revamped to SharePoint Workspace
- SharePoint Web Part
- Large List Management (Means potential support for > 2000 item limits)
- Better disaster recovery options
- Visual Web Part development
- LINQ for SharePoint
- and a really interesting Developer Dashboard that provides important statics about code running within a SharePoint page