It's getting closer. SharePoint 2010 that is. And now that the dates are all out in the open, Microsoft is offering us information to get our infrastructure ready.

A new post has just come out on the Microsoft SharePoint Team blog outlining the Preliminary System Requirements for SharePoint 2010. Here's a quick look:

  • It's all 64-bit: SharePoint itself, Windows 2008, SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008
  • Browser Compatibility: Brace yourself -- IE6 is out. Supported browsers on Windows systems will include IE7/IE8, Firefox 3.x. Microsoft will also increase compatibility for Firefox 3.x and Safari 3.x on non-Windows OS.

The team offers 6 things you can do to get ready including getting your environment to 64-bit and running the Update Checker that comes with Service Pack 2.

You'll also find a beginning set of common Q&A's in this post that will grow as required.

One key question is about supporting IE6 for publishing sites. A good question considering we can't control what browsers our public websites are being viewed with. The answer, a little comforting, and perhaps a peak into some of the changes for the web content management capabilities in the next version, "...2010 will provide a deep level of control over the markup and styling of the reader experience".

Time to start getting ready. You may want to consider the SharePoint Conference in October to help you out as well.