Microsoft to launch Office 2010 public beta next month

By on October 19, 2009, 1:30 PM
In a press event taking place in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft has unveiled that the public betas for Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 will arrive in November. The updated suites will bring a number of enhancements over their predecessors, including some new cloud-centric features, and will intersect with each other in areas such as social computing and document management.

Among the features included in Microsoft's newest business collaboration platform, SharePoint Server 2010, are a new ribbon interface similar to that found in Microsoft Office as well as enhanced support for video, audio and Silverlight.

The company isn't giving a specific date for the betas or final products, but has previously said Office 2010 will arrive by the first half of next year, and just recently confirmed a Release Candidate version is due before then. The company also recently revealed that it will be offering a free ad-supported version of Office 2010 that will ship with new PCs, and has been running an invite-only technical preview of Office Web Apps since September.

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