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SharePoint Conference ("SPC") 2008

UPDATE: I am glad to see that I am not the only one who had a problem with the full sessions — check out this post.IMG_9169 - Copy

I am sure many of you are either here at the conference, or are already readying about some of the announcements that were made in the keynotes at SPC 2008. This post will cover some of the items I thought were significant.

Microsoft Online
Microsoft announced that Exchange and SharePoint are now going to be offered as software-as-a-service (“SaaS”). For many organizations this may make a lot of sense because you do not have the IT staff and/or infrastructure to support either product. More information about this can be found on the Microsoft Online website at http://www.microsoft.com/online.

I touched on this in a previous post,  but once again Bill Gates claimed that one of the main focuses of the next release of SharePoint (slated for a late 2009 release) is to allow you to create a list that is represented as a SQL table instead of built into the existing list infrastructure. SQL 2008+ is going to be more tightly integrated with SharePoint.

Overall the conference has been good so far. There are more people here than I expected and some of the breakout sessions are filled up completely.  I have been turned away from some of the breakout sessions because they have been full and I have been 15 minute early. It is kind of upsetting to be turned away from so many sessions — poor planning perhaps? This is really bad for me but probably a good problem for Microsoft to have.

In the keynote this morning it was mentioned that they filled two overflow rooms.  Too bad they cannot create some larger rooms for the sessions that are in smaller rooms — I’ll plan accordingly tomorrow.

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March 3, 2008 - Posted by | SharePoint

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