In this article we can explore the new features of SharePoint 2010. Some of the new features of SharePoint 2010 are:
· Ribbon UI
· Status Bar
· Branding and Theming
· Multilingual User Interfaces
· Inline Editing
· Developer Dashboard
· Silverlight Web Part
· Service Applications
For exploring the features please open the SharePoint 2010 default web application.
The Ribbon User Interface can be considered as a major UI change in SharePoint 2010. It makes it similar to the Microsoft Office family of products. The advantages are user friendliness, easier access, categorized menus etc.
Opening a list shows the above Ribbon UI.
SharePoint 2010 provides a Status Bar which is below the Ribbon UI. It is not the Browser status bar. The Status Bar is configurable through pages.
SharePoint 2010 allows the List items to be edited inline. This is without the use of an additional dialog with Ok/Cancel buttons. For enabling this we have to use the Modify View option in List Settings and choose Inline Editing enable checkbox.
The dialogs are enhanced in SharePoint 2010. Some of the examples are given below.
New List and Library Dialog, Status Dialog
Branding and Theming
In SharePoint a new theme engine is included. This allows the users to create a theme from PowerPoint and use it inside SharePoint 2010.
The existing themes can be found in the Theme Gallary. (Site Actions > Site Settings > Themes)
You can anytime change the Site theme using the Site Settings > Look and Feel > Site theme option.
Silverlight Web Part
New silverlight web part has been added to SharePoint 2010. This allows us to embed silverlight applicatons inside the web pages. You can access this from the Add Web Part screen.
The developer dashboard is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 which can be used for debugging and tracing purposes. It provides the performance related information to the developers. It is by default turned off and can be enabled by using PowerShell or StsAdm tool.
In the older version SharePoint 2007 there exists Shared Services Providers (SSP). This feature no longer exists in the SharePoint 2010 version and only Service Applications exists. The service applications like Search, Excel Services are unboxed and run independently.
In this article we have explored the new features of SharePoint 2010.