Microsoft Announces Public Beta Release for Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010

Today, at PDC in Los Angeles, Microsoft announced the public beta release of Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, Office Web Apps for business customers, and Office Mobile 2010. 

Office 2010 provides the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser. It is full of new innovations that make using Office faster and easier than ever—including Office Backstage View, Ribbon UI across all applications, photo and video editing in PowerPoint, fast new data comparison tools in Excel, and improved mail/calendar management in Outlook. With the new Click-to-Run technology, home users will also have a dramatically faster download experience.


In addition, with this beta we are unveiling several exciting new features and products:


· Office Web Apps for business customers, available through SharePoint Server, allows //my and //sharepoint sites to host browser-based Web Apps accessible from virtually anywhere. (Office Web Apps for consumers is still in Technical Preview.)

· Outlook Social Connector, a new feature that brings communications history and social networking feeds into the Outlook experience.

· Office Mobile 2010, which includes mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace Mobile 2010 and is available on the Windows Mobile marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.


Together, the 2010 business productivity product line ensures that the whole of our offerings is truly greater than the sum of its partsSharePoint 2010 plus Office 2010 provides a rich and robust platform for the enterprise and the Web, and allows Microsoft partners and developers to build innovative new business collaboration solutions.  Project 2010 and Visio 2010, meanwhile, are the most important updates to these products in over a decade. They enable great interoperability with SharePoint, and include intuitive new user interfaces, significant ease-of-use enhancements, and many additional features that enable customers to optimize resources and drive business process improvements more easily than ever.


Check it out for yourself by downloading the beta from