MCj04346750000[1]What a Week! – A Tech-Ed Wrap-up

Microsoft Tech-Ed North America 2009 is over, and despite the economy, it was another great show. I spent most of my time in the Technical Learning Center, or TLC, answering questions about SharePoint.

Most days I also, along with co-author Asif Rehmani, gave away and autographed dozens of copies of our book, Professional Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007. All together, we (well, Microsoft) gave away almost 450 books. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who stood in the long lines, braving attacks by the flying monkeys, for their support and interest.

Speaking of flying monkeys, these were probably one of the most popular SWAG items at the show…

 When Monkeys Fly

They came with three costume colors, Red, Black, and Blue. But their main claim to fame was that their arms are elastic, and when stretched and released, not only do the monkeys "fly", they also scream (don’t worry, I’m a fan of the "silent" web – no sound effects will disturb your office here!)

The Big Announcements

Though you may have seen these before, no show report would be complete without the big Tech-Ed announcements:

  • It is official – Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (no "Portal" or "Office" in sight) will be 64-bit only all the way through the stack. You will need to be running 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in order to install it (no 2003 allowed). In addition, you will need 64-bit SQL Server (2005 or 2008) as well.
  • All TechEd attendees will be included in a (semi?) private Technical Preview of the Office 2010 client applications.
  • There will be a SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 is also 64-bit Only.
  • The Groove 2010 client has been renamed SharePoint WorkSpace 2010. I’m not sure whether it is an attempt to pick up on the glow of the SharePoint brand, or there is some seriously tightened integration coming, but I’m looking forward to finding out!

So the watchword is, no more SharePoint installs on Windows Server 2003 or using 32-bits. Stop Now. Do it right, and save yourself the grief when the new version comes along.