Inside SharePoint Server 2010 beta

A sneak peek at some of the new and improved features in Microsoft's SharePoint Server 2010

New Video Views

New Video Views

SharePoint 2010 includes new Media and Content Web Parts, including a Silverlight video viewer.

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Better backups

Better backups

New backup and restore capabilities let you select which components to backup.

Health Checks

Health Checks

The Central Administration site has been redesigned for better usability and includes new features for monitoring the health of SharePoint servers

Easier blogs, wikis

Easier blogs, wikis

You can now format blogs and wikis using advanced editing features though the Office Ribbon.

Excel excellence

Excel excellence

Excel Web Access lets you embed live Excel charts and data within SharePoint 2010 sites

The blue ribbon

The blue ribbon

The Microsoft Office ribbon user interface pervades SharePoint 2010, allowing end users to easily edit Web sites.

Previews of coming attractions

Previews of coming attractions

A new tool in the document library lets you preview videos and other multimedia assets.

Super-search

Super search

The improved SharePoint 2010 search function provides very relevant results, which are organized according to various criteria or taxonomies.

Social swirl

Social swirl

New social functions let users follow colleagues' activities, tag content of interest, and see a dynamic organization chart.

Workflow visualization

Workflow visualization

Approval workflows are shown visually, and can be easily edited in Microsoft Visio.

Admin additions

Admin additions

A new administration feature lets IT staff control the number of resources allocated to sites, thereby keeping server farms running efficiently.

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