SharePoint 2010 release date (and also my wedding anniversary)

Exciting times and exciting news… the SharePoint 2010 (and Office 2010) release date has finally been confirmed to be 12th May 2010.

The SharePoint team blog posted this up on Friday:

Today, we officially announced that May 12th, 2010, is the launch date for SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010. In addition, we announced our intent to RTM (Release to Manufacturing) this April 2010.

This was further confirmed by the Office 2010 Engineering blog who made this announcement:

For businesses, we will launch the 2010 set of products, including Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 worldwide on May 12. To find out more about the Worldwide Business Launch, visit

For consumers, Office 2010 will be available online and on retail shelves this June. Until then, you can get the Office 2010 beta at

The only problem I have is that May 12th is also my wedding anniversary …

What do you think? Organise a launch party and cancel the dinner and flowers?? 🙂 (might be more than my wife life is worth)

  • Martin Hatch

    Hi Bloodsong.

    First and foremost, SharePoint is NOT an email client. Yes, you can use it to receive, sort and organise emails, but this isn't really what it is for.

    Don't get me wrong, SharePoint is a fantastic product, and an excellent companion for and business, but it's more for collaboration, publishing and information management (sooo much more than email).

    Exchange offers a much more robust product enterprise product for email management (the SMTP and storage mechanism is much more efficient and geared towards email storage and retrieval).

    Also, a product like Exchange allows mailbox clients like Outlook, and also provides "Outlook Web Access" which most users generally find much easier and more familiar to use.

    If you are looking for cost savings then you could do much worse than Microsoft "Business Productivity Services" (BPOS) ( This is basically Exchange, SharePoint, Communicator and Live Meeting … all hosted by Microsoft globally with web access and 24/7/365 support. It can cost as little as $5 (US) per user per month.

    If that is too much, and you have a VERY small business then perhaps Microsoft Office Live Small Business ( could help, offering mailboxes and websites for .. well .. free in most cases.

    Thanks for reading, and if you'd like any more information on BPOS please contact me at: as Content and Code are a Microsoft BPOS partner.

  • Bloodsong

    Martin, you're a self proclaimed SharePoint evangelist. I've just started to play with my SharePoint Workspace 2010 Beta, I've never worked in an office environment that used sharepoint.

    Chat and Discussion Platforms, Calendar sharing, File/Folder sharing and synchronizations.

    On the website I see pictures referencing task management.

    Other than e-mail is there anything SharePoint doesn't do that Exchange does?

    What is SharePoint capable of that Exchange is not?

    I've noticed SharePoint (Workspace) seems quite user friendly in comparison to Exchange Servers, I'm willing to bet it's capable of greatly reducing costs in the small office environments that have decided to go with the Small Business Server /exch infrastructures.