It’s OFFICIAL, SharePoint Server 2010!

SharePoint Server 2010!
The first official comment on a prospective ship date for the next version of SharePoint was released by Microsoft today.  In an interview with Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Information Worker Product Management Group, it was announced that the next wave of Office products currently known as Office 14 by most people will be released starting in the second half of 2009.  The first product to be released will be Exchange 2010 which enters public beta today. You can get the Exchange 2010 beta here.  According to Chris the SharePoint Server 2010 beta will be available for tech review in the third quarter of 2009 and will release to manufacturing during the first half of 2010.  you can read the article in its entirety here.

64-bit only is coming….

I’ve been working on a talk that I’ll be giving to the Dallas next month to the Dallas/Fort Worth User’s group (more on that in another post) and I ran across confirmation of something I’ve been telling students for over a year now. When you are buying new hardware for a SharePoint installation, you should ALWAYS buy 64-bit hardware.  Yes, I know mixing and matching 64 and 32 bit servers in a SharePoint role isn’t recommended, but you should still try to make all new purchases 64-bit.  Why?  Because SharePoint makes extensive use of RAM for almost everything it does.  The minimum SharePoint server I recommend anymore has 4GB RAM in it, and that’s the maximum for 32-bit hardware.  But more importantly take a look at the following quote from the White Paper that Microsoft recommends everyone read BEFORE installing either SharePoint SP1 package.

“Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 are the last SharePoint Products and Technologies versions able to run on 32-bit hardware and operating systems.”

It’s now official.  The next version of SharePoint will be 64-bit only.  We’ve already seen this happen to Exchange and many have been predicting it would happen to SharePoint soon, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in print from an official Microsoft source.  You can find the full white paper here: