What’s New in Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 (Technical Preview post)

I was out of town and had to miss the excitement of blogging about the launch of the Office Technical Preview yesterday. Lucky me, today I have tons of links and trackbacks to other blog posts to share!

What’s New in Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010?

Yesterday, Stephen Elop announced the technical preview milestone for Microsoft Office 2010 at the WorldWide Partner Conference.

From the Press Pass:

Office 2010 and related products will deliver innovative capabilities and provide new levels of flexibility and choice that will help people:

  • Work anywhere with Office Web applications — the lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote — that provide access to documents from virtually anywhere and preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device.

  • Collaborate better with co-authoring in Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft OneNote 2010, and advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Microsoft Outlook 2010, including the option for users to ”ignore” unwanted threads.

  • Bring ideas to life with video and picture editing, broadcast capability in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, easy document preparation through the new Microsoft Office Backstage view, and new Sparklines in Microsoft Excel 2010 to visualize data and spot trends more quickly.

Read more here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/jul09/07-13Office2010WPCPR.mspx

What’s new in….

What’s new for developers in Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 (TP)?

Office 2010 Roadmap (TP)

Tools productivity UI Platform Application Extensibility

  • Fluent UI (Ribbon) support added to more products

  • Backstage view and context menu programmability support

  • Excel “slicers” and “sparklines” extensibility

  • Word, OneNote, PowerPoint, Visio, and Outlook enriched APIs.

  • Improved Outlook object model 

Read more details at John Durant’s great post.

SharePoint 2010 Roadmap (TP):

  • Visual Studio 2010 SharePoint tool

  • Language Integrated Query to SharePoint

  • Developer Dashboard

  • Business Connectivity Services

  • Client Object Model

  • Silverlight Web Part

Read more details at Paul Andrew’s post and at the Developer Sneak peek video:

Office and SharePoint development blogs:

More links and resources:

Availability to the Technical Preview program is “by invitation only” and is not broadly available to the public.  There is a waitlist you can sign up for, found here.

I’ll keep updating this blog entry as I hear more.

Comments (7)

  1. XL-Dennis says:


    I’m trying to locate a list wii all the news in Excel on a detailed level. The same case is also for the Ribbon UI.

    Thanks in advance,


  2. Kelly says:

    When will a developer map for teh 2010 Microsoft Office System be available?

  3. Ivan Walsh says:


    I think making the Ribbon more flexible will be a major step forward. It confuses so many newbies that I train.

    Also, we need to get better output into HTML.

    I would prefer if they dropped the Blogging option completely and got the Save as HTML right.

    John also mentions that "For example, in Word, if the user performs a certain authoring operation or enters text in a Content Control, you can activate a custom tab on the Ribbon that shows the user further options and commands that relate to the operation they are executing in the document."

    Again, sounds like a smart idea but can I suggest that MS balance new features v clogging the UI with too many options.

    FWIW – most of my clients still use Word 2003.


    Ivan Walsh

    Technical Writer, Beijing, China

  4. EROL says:

    Thanks Erik

    On our blog SP FRANCE



  5. rfarqleet says:

    Great posts, loved reading it, thanks!   Remarkable post,

  6. ds says:

    One note is connected to outlook 2010, but in the read pane I recieve an info bar message indicating that thier arent any previewers installed.

    any Ideas, and if so; where do I download this add-in.

    thank you

  7. Kik says:

    Thanks for the information.

    I have a list and i am trying to find away so that the item gets locked when it is in edit mode, just as we have for Document library ( Check in /out), so that others are aware that Item is in use. Does sharepoint provide Lock feature for an item in a list? Probably by integrating with office 2010?



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