Early this week at TechEd in LA, Microsoft formally announced and confirmed some of the rumors pertaining to the upcoming release of SharePoint 2010. The product is slated for a H1 2010 release, and these new details are sure to increase the hype surrounding SharePoint 2010.

The compiled list below is in addition to the already confirmed features listed in this post.

  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008/2005
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will not support IE6 at all
  • The UI will include the popular Office ribbon
  • Visual Studio 2010 will allow developers to build and deploy SharePoint web parts and products natively with new tools and templates
  • Visual Studio 2010 will also be able to finally browse SharePoint sites and objects
  • Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) – A new specification that was jointly created by Microsoft, IBM, EMC, Oracle and others with the purpose of exchanging content with and between ECM systems. This specification will be utilized in some capacity with SharePoint Server 2010

This latest batch of news should cause all organizations to immediately plan for the new set of hardware requirements if SharePoint Server 2010 is on their product roadmap.

Read the official Microsoft announcement about system requirements here.

Stay tuned for additional information on SharePoint 2010.