Microsoft announced this evening that it has finalized the latest version of its popular desktop productivity suite.
I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!
RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our engineering team has poured their heart and soul into reaching this milestone. It is also an appropriate time to re-emphasize our sincere gratitude to the more than 5,000 organizations and partners who have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing of the products. Since the start of our public beta in November 2009, we’ve had more than 7.5 million people download the beta version – that’s more than 3 times the number of 2007 beta downloads! The feedback that we’ve received from all these programs has shaped the set of products we’re excited about, and that I’m sure will delight our customers.
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I have been running the latest beta of Microsoft Office 2010 64 bit and I like the improved user experience. Office 2010 is a lot more than just the desktop apps such as Word and Excel, Microsoft is introducing a wide range of options for users to experience Office in new ways. Office Web Apps will allow users to do basic editing and review documents in the browser with a rich set of capabilities on mobile devices through Office Mobile 2010. There are a few things I don’t like though, such as the in ability to do an in place upgrade from Office 2007 to Office 2010 64 bit. If you have a large collection of Office apps installed, prepare to uninstall them first.
This is minor of course, when you check out the improved Outlook 2010 which embraces the Fluent UI, Conversation threads and much improved performance. I also like the improved menu system and features such as Backstage document preview technology. Office 2010 programs also include direct support for saving files to a Windows Skydrive. Other apps in the Office family that are now Office Fluent include Visio, SharePoint Designer (formerly FrontPage which is now free), SharePoint Workspace (formerly Groove), InfoPath and Publisher.