I have published a lot of Office related news today! PCWorld provides some official statements from Microsoft on the strategy behind the release of these future products:
“Microsoft will release a beta of Exchange Server 2010 on Wednesday, the first product that enterprise customers will see from the next version of Office.
Microsoft is also going public with the official branding of its next productivity suite — Office 2010. Until now Microsoft had been referring to it as Office 14, but the new name had been widely expected.
Exchange Server should be in full release by the end of the year, but the rest of the products in the suite won’t be out until early 2010, said Julia White, director of the Exchange product management team.
Microsoft will release technical previews of other products in the suite, including Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010, in the third calendar quarter. A technical preview is tested by hundreds of thousands of users, while millions of people will have access to the Exchange 2010 beta, White said.”
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I am looking forward to try the Exchange Server 2010 beta, I have been playing with Exchange 2007, which a great improvement in deployment over pass versions. The new improvements around making Exchange more service oriented in addition to providing its traditional on premises functionality should open up new avenues to how businesses embrace software as a service.