What’s hot from day 2 at the PDC?


Ok, 10 more things to be aware of that were talked about today (again in no
particular order, and again these are just my personal views, take careful note
of the disclaimer at the end of the posting!)

And yes, I will be digging into these in more depth later. This is just a
high level skim to give you a feel for what’s hot.

Number Headline Feature "Hot" Rating Comment
1 Windows Workflow Foundation New framework, exposed in .NET, that allows you to
incorporate workflow into your applications. Not a server or an
application, this is a framework you can use to build servers or
applications that use workflow
On Fire! You use workflow everywhere even if you don’t know it. This provides
a fantastic framework and tools to help you develop and implement
workflows
2 Quartz Web Designer Powerful web design tool from the Expressions range Sizzling A really welcome product that provides high end web design
capabilities
3 Sparkle Interactive Designer The missing piece of the puzzle: Sparkle lets you design
those compelling WPF interfaces without having to be an expert in XAML
On Fire! No more need to develop your shiny new front end in XAMLPAD, fun
though the idea was
4 VSTA Visual Studio Tools for Applications – a way of
providing extension capabilities for your applications
Sizzling Great news for ISVs
5 InfoPath forms without InfoPath Lets you use InfoPath forms without having InfoPath on
the client
Sizzling The feature everybody wanted – just use a browser to access your
InfoPath forms
6 Excel on the server Allows you to have Excel web parts that don’t need Excel
on the client
Sizzling Uses clever HTML and script in the browser to present Excel
spreadsheets, including things like pivot tables, in your sharepoint
site
7 RSS feeds for any Sharepoint list Allow your Sharepoint lists to be syndicated Hot Simple but useful: Turn your sharepoint lists into RSS feeds
8 Gantt charts for Sharepoint lists Where applicable, your Sharepoint lists can be displayed
as Gantt charts
Hot If your lists hold task information, Sharepoint is able to represent
them as Gantt charts
9 Sharepoint lists on mobile devices Access your Sharepoint lists on your Pocket PC or
SmartPhone
Hot This is nice: as long as you authenticate you can get to those
Sharepoint lists wherever you are
10 A new Access Access gets a revamp including tighter integration with
SharePoint
Hot Access has millions of fans so this makes perfect sense. And being
able to share data with Sharepoint, in real time, is a real boon

 

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Comments (2)

  1. Ryan says:

    If you can’t wait until SPv3 to produce Gantt charts from your data then perhaps this web part is for you!

    http://www.pentalogic.net/SharePointPlanner/

  2. Glen Sollors says:

    Mobiform also released beta version 6.0 of Aurora, XAML Designer for WinFX. This is another great tool to use for creating 2D, 3D and XAML Docs. I hope you can add this to the list.

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