Microsoft Office 2010 hits major milestone and enters Technical Preview
Posted on 14-Jul-2009 11:45
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Microsoft Corp. took the opportunity at its Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 to announce that Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone.
Tens of thousands of people will be invited to test Office and Visio as part of the Technical Preview program.
“Office 2010 is the premier productivity solution across PCs, mobile phones* and browsers,” said Chris Capossela, senior vice president of the Microsoft Business Division at Microsoft. “From broadcast and video editing in PowerPoint, new data visualization capabilities in Excel, and co-authoring in Word, we are delivering technology to help people work smarter and faster from virtually any location using any device.”
Office 2010 and related products will deliver new capabilities for this product, including Office Web applications, a lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that provide access to documents from virtually anywhere and preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device.
Collaboration is also high, with the ability for users to co-author documents in Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft OneNote 2010, and advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Microsoft Outlook 2010, including the option for users to ”ignore” unwanted threads.
Office Web applications will be available in three ways: through Windows Live, where more than 400 million consumers will have access to Office Web applications at no cost; on-premises for all Office volume licensing customers including more than 90 million Office annuity customers; and via Microsoft Online Services, where customers will be able to purchase a subscription as part of a hosted offering.
Microsoft also announced that it is streamlining the number of Office editions from eight to five and enhancing each edition with additional applications and features.
Microsoft also is preparing partners for the release of Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 through a number of new and refreshed readiness tools and training programs. These include the Ignite program for SharePoint, Office and Exchange; Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University; Masters and Architect Certification for SharePoint; new Partner Business Productivity Online Services features and distributor model; and Exchange 2010 Readiness Webcast Series and Demo Showcase.