SharePoint 2010 Development
Randall Isenhour

November, 2009

  • SharePoint 2010 Development

    SharePoint 2010 (Beta) SDK Now Available for Download!


    Hello SharePoint Developers!

    With so many other 2010 Beta products from Microsoft being released today, we want to announce one more release for you to download:  Download the SharePoint 2010 (Beta) SDK

    The Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation and code samples for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, which builds upon the SharePoint Foundation 2010 infrastructure. The SDK includes:

    • Detailed descriptions of the technologies that SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 provide for developers,
    • Reference documentation for the server and client object models,
    • Step-by-step procedures for using and programming with these technologies and object models, and
    • Code samples and solution starters for building projects with SharePoint 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 Beta releases

    This SDK also includes best practices and setup guidance that will help you get started with your own custom applications that build and extend upon the SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 platforms.

    For additional information, you can visit the SharePoint Developer Center on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN): Visit frequently to learn about recently published content; to view essential getting started content; to view rich media content such as videos and screencasts; to get connected to instructor-led training and other learning resources; to learn more about product features and scenarios in our MSDN Resource Centers; and to find community resources such as MSDN forums, newsgroups, MVP blogs, and much more.

    The SDK also includes many code samples that address common customization scenarios and solution building blocks. Future (quarterly) releases will contain additional samples, and you can also check MSDN Code Gallery for SharePoint solutions and code samples.

    Installation Instructions

    The Downloadable Setup Program will guide you through the installation. By default, you can install the complete SDK with both SharePoint Foundation 2010 as well as SharePoint Server 2010 documentation and samples.  If you are working only with SharePoint Foundation 2010 APIs, you can install only the SharePoint Foundation 2010 SDK documentation: select SharePoint Server 2010 Help and Samples, and then click Entire feature will be unavailable in the setup program.

    Once installed, you can access the SDK documentation and samples from the Start Menu.  Look in All Programs > Microsoft SDKs.

    Community Forums and Feedback

    Also live today is the SharePoint Development Forum on MSDN:  Post your questions to this forum; we will be monitoring the forums regularly and responding with new content and code samples generated from your feedback and suggestions.

    Send us your feedback directly from any SDK topic.  Use the Send Feedback e-mail links in all SDK topics to identify issues, request code samples, or request additional content about a supported customization scenario.

    And don't forget to follow us on twitter:

    Related Downloads 

    Finally, for Enterprise Project Management development, be sure to download the Project 2010 (Beta) SDK and check out the Project 2010 Developer Center on MSDN!


    We hope you find these developer resources useful.  Keep sending us feedback on MSDN and through other feedback channels.  We are listening!

    - Randall and the entire SharePoint SDK team

  • SharePoint 2010 Development

    SharePoint 2010 Public Beta is now available for download


    [Cross-posted from the SharePoint Team Blog]

    SharePoint 2010 Public Beta is now available for download

    Today we are announcing the general availability of the public beta of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010 and Office Web Apps for our customers and partners. Millions of people can download the beta at

    Office Mobile 2010 has also reached the public beta milestone and is now available on the Windows Mobile Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.

    As part of the beta, we are unveiling several new capabilities, including:

    • The Outlook Social Connector, a new feature which brings communications history, business and social networking feeds into the Outlook experience.
      • At beta, the Outlook Social Connector will support SharePoint social networking and support Windows Live at launch.
      • We are also announcing that LinkedIn will be the first social networking site to provide a connector for the Outlook Social Connector.
      • We are also releasing the Outlook Social Connector SDK for developers to build connectors to third party social networks.
    • Technology and design advancements including deeper integration between Office 2010 and Office Web Apps, improved navigation, visual design and icon updates, a new Office logo and increased performance and stability.

    We’re also announcing our plan to deliver Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP which will expand the long standing Duet partnership. The joint solution from SAP and Microsoft will enable interoperability between SAP applications and SharePoint 2010 and provide complete flexibility and extensibility to compose solutions that blend the worlds of process and collaboration. Duet Enterprise is built on top of the new Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010. The solution is planned to be released in the second half of calendar year 2010.

    SharePoint Public Beta Resources

    Where can I download SharePoint 2010 public beta?
    You can download SharePoint and Office 2010 public beta from

    Is the SharePoint public beta supported?
    The SharePoint public beta is not supported. However, we recommend looking at our resources listed above and asking questions in the SharePoint 2010 forums.

    When is the final release of SharePoint and Office 2010?
    We are planning to release SharePoint and Office 2010 in the first half of calendar year 2010.

    Will there be a migration path from SharePoint public beta to final release?
    We do not plan to support a SharePoint 2010 public beta to release bits migration path. The SharePoint 2010 public beta should be used for evaluation and feedback purposes only.

    If I’m on SharePoint 2007, how do I get ready for SharePoint 2010?
    Take a look here for getting ready guidance.

    Is there a downloadable SharePoint 2010 VHD?
    We plan to make a VHD available for download sometime in the future. We will announce its availability on our team blog.

    How do I get trained on SharePoint 2010?
    Please review the Getting Started page, the  IT Professional learning guide , the Developer learning guide , and the End User resources to ramp up on SharePoint 2010.

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