US Olympic web site launched on SharePoint 2010

February 2, 2010

The United States Olympic Committee have launched a new Press Portal ready for the Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver shortly. The portal is a public web site running on SharePoint Server 2010 Beta with Silverlight serving up embedded media:

USOC Pressbox on SP2010

I would criticise some elements of the user interface design. Embedding external links in the top navigation bar is not a great idea (first 5 links are for within the web site, from TEAMUSA.ORG onwards are links to external web sites – different font and background colour but not obvious). The Latest News would be easier on the eye to scan if there were a thumbnail for each (instead of author which is not necessary on the home page) and a bit more space between each news item. And there are three different search boxes on the page. Would be great to see an update post-Olympics to identify which one was used the most… But I’m being picky. It’s a brave move to publish such a visible web site on beta software and the site demonstrates how much easier it is to make SharePoint 2010 not look like SharePoint. Congratulations to all involved.

For more information: Visit the USOC web site | Microsoft press release

Sharon Richardson


2 responses to US Olympic web site launched on SharePoint 2010

  1. It may be easier to make SP2010 to not look like a vanilla Sharepoint site, but there's a much bigger problem I see with this particular instance of it: half of the web would see "blue lego cubes" all over the page.

    If your answer to that is "install SilverLight, you boor", my answer is Never. There is enough of a privacy, CPU-killing and in-your-face advertising with Flash as it is, and Silverlight is no better.

  2. Yes, it's the same debate whether the site uses Flash or Silverlight. Will be interesting to watch how the HTML 5 standard develops and what the future is for embedded media content. It's never ideal when someone has to first download a control before they can view content on a web site. And the legal wigs start to get involved if the browsers integrate the add-ons to save you the hassle…