Written on 21st December 2011 - 2 minutes

Top five differences between SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010

Top five differences between SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010

SharePoint has been around since 2001 and is one of the top collaboration resources. However, it wasn’t until the SharePoint 2007 (known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or MOSS 2007) release that businesses really started to harness the power of collaboration. The latest 2010 version goes even further and offers sought after services straight out of the box.

So what is actually the difference between SharePoint 2007 and 2010? Well what a difference three years makes. This post looks at the key differences between SharePoint 2007 and the latest 2010 release and why SharePoint 2010 is what SharePoint 2007 should have been but wasn’t.

1. Improving social networking capability

A lot has changed in the World since 2007 and one of the biggest is the online explosion of social networking websites.

SharePoint 2010 has dramatically improved its capability in this arena with the addition of personal blogs, tagging and activity feeds within its social networking sites – MySites. MySites allow integration with Microsoft’s BCS (Business Connectivity Services), which allows IT to link employees’ MySites profiles to non-SharePoint data, such as information from a human resources system.

Wiki and blog integration in MOSS 2007 wasn’t great and was widely panned by experts for not being very user friendly. Usability has been a key focus for SharePoint 2010 and it has been dramatically improved.

Similarly, community interaction within SharePoint 2007 was pretty poor and has been given a helping hand with user interfaces similar to Facebook profile pages. SharePoint 2010 has also added keyword tagging so that content can be found quicker.

SharePoint 2010 is even following in Twitters footsteps by adding micro blogging and activity feeds into the service.

2. Improved search and content management

The search function in SharePoint 2010 is far more superior to previous versions because of improved scalability, query functionality and index redundancy.

As for managing business content, Microsoft has removed limitations in MOSS 2007’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) feature so document libraries can grow to 200 million items.

3. Working offline

SharePoint 2010 makes up some ground on the likes of Lotus Notes with SharePoint Workspace. Workspace makes SharePoint libraries, lists and forms accessible offline. This is a huge step forward and helps to improve the productivity and efficiency of the users.

4. Better connection to line-of-business data

Previous versions of SharePoint have had difficulties when trying the access enterprise software systems. Microsoft has made significant improvements to integrate more business data in SharePoint 2010 by using its BCS (Business Connectivity Services) suite.

A recent Forrester report cited that the BCS helps make SharePoint 2010 the “connective tissue that bridges line-of-business systems and knowledge worker systems”. The previous iteration of BCS, called BDC (Business Data Catalog), could bring only line-of-business data into SharePoint. BCS will provide both read and write access between business applications and SharePoint 2010.

5. Developing SharePoint Apps

Improvements to the design tool SharePoint Designer means that developer will need to deal less with coding. Tighter integration between Visual Studio and SharePoint, and built-in support for Silverlight is a great improvement on its predecessor MOSS 2007.

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