What to look for in the next few months...

Over the next few months, you'll see a plethora of SharePoint technology related content. Here are 5 things to expect and look out for:

(BTW, I was recently interviewed by TechNet - you can listen to my interview at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/tnradio/archive/shah.mspx. Another interview I did was a couple months ago in New Zealand - you can listen to that at http://www.techedlive.co.nz/upload/teched_angus_arpan.wma. These interviews are completely unscripted.... I just noticed I say "uhm" a few times... :-))

1. Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 IT Professional courseware and exams. WSS 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server IT Professional courses should be available in March in various Microsoft training centers worldwide. In conjunction with the courseware, IT Pro exams will be available as well. As for developer training, you should see WSS and Office SharePoint Server developer training in the form of E-Learning. We will also release WSS and Office SharePoint Server developer exams.

2. Office SharePoint Server and WSS product guides. There are existing product guides out there for Office SharePoint Server and WSS, but they're a little light. In the next few weeks, you will see richer product guides that will go through features, point you to installation documentation and walk you through a subset of the features. 

3. Management, Capacity Planning and Information Architecture content. Customers and partners have requested information for Management and Information Archictecture best practices. While there's product documentation, we're going to release substantial information in the form of whitepapers over the course of the next few months. As for capacity planning content, there is existing content, but we plan to have more prescriptive content in the next few months. Keep your eyes open on TechNet!

4. Developer whitepapers and conferences. What does SharePoint technology mean for ASP.NET developers? How do you develop BDC applications? We're going to release content on that very topic and will have a presence at the VS Live conferences in San Francisco and Orlando!

5. SharePoint Technology Books. Last I looked, over 30 books are going to be released. Here's a list that a SharePoint MVP is maintaining that you can take a look at: http://www.asaris.de/sites/walsh/Lists/WSSv3%20FAQ/V%20Books.aspx