Service Pack 1 announced for SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, Project 2010, and Project Server 2010

While I’m not at TechEd Atlanta today, it’s good to see that The Microsoft Office Sustained Engineering Team announced that SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 is “on track for release at the end of June” 2011.  While I’m sure there are plenty of bug fixes included, I’m specifically interested in the following updates that are scheduled to be part of the Service Pack:

  • Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery.
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    I assume that this means it will allow us, the “community”, to contribute new Application parts to be used in building Access applications.  This will be very powerful – especially for those folks that use Access as an interface to SharePoint for Access Power Users.
  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
    Browser Support is good.
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
    Even more Browser Support is even better.
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint.
    Finally! Browser support for their own browser. Left hand, meet right hand.
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
    Good news for Admins – especially for admins that don’t have the luxury of using some of the third-party backup and restore tools.
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
    I’m a huge fan of Project.  Better synchronization of Project with SharePoint without the need for Project server is a big win.

That’s not all, there are other features highlighted on the blog post.

As far as the Project Server 2010 updates included in Service Pack 1, there are some notes on the Microsoft Project product team blog post early this morning.

My favorite is again Browser Support.

  • With Project Server 2010 SP1, Project Web App pages needed by team members to submit task status and timesheets are supported on FireFox, Safari, and Chrome.

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