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Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010  (Source: Microsoft)
Get ready, because another Microsoft beta party is coming to town

Just in case its customers might feel a little let down for lack of new software products once the eagerly awaited Windows 7 lands this Thursday, Microsoft will be launching its public betas of two of its other most popular software products -- Microsoft Office and Sharepoint Server -- in November.

Office 2010 has already been discussed in great detail.  Among the most interesting of the new features is the ability to create custom ribbons, packed with you most commonly used items.  Also significant is that Outlook has received a major overhaul, getting a ribbon and using email threads to organize emails.

Among the other important pieces of Office 2010-related news is that it will come preinstalled on many new computers, operating in a limited ad-supported form.  The software has gone DVD-free, relying exclusively on preinstalls and internet downloads.  Instead of DVD, customers will purchase a credit card-like activation card, in thin plastic wrapping, an approach Microsoft lauds as more environmentally friendly than traditional DVD packaging.

Sharepoint Server 2010 has been less widely discussed, but many are equally excited for it.  Sharepoint Server 2010 rolls together many collaborative products, along with web-content based tools.  The result is a platform useful for everything from blog or wiki creation to creating a shared corporate workspace.  The suite is tied into the free successor to Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft Office Sharepoint Designer.  Microsoft is targeting both traditional and cloud computing setups with the software (as the software is a strong tool for common storage in a cloud).

Among the points Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer emphasized about Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010 were its new customizable ribbon interface (similar to Office 2010), better web content management (it follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0), and rich media, including video, audio and Microsoft's Flash-competitor, Silverlight.  The software also features richer APIs and is tied into Visual Stuido 2010.

Mr. Ballmer cheered, "By taming the overflow of information across systems and technologies, SharePoint enables organizations to thrive.  SharePoint 2010 is the biggest and most important release of SharePoint to date. When paired with Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 will transform efficiency by connecting workers across a single collaboration platform for business."

In addition to Office 2010 and Sharepoint Server 2010 betas, Microsoft will also air betas of Visio 2010 and Project 2010.  The betas should become available here.

Microsoft is targeting the first half of 2010 for the release of both Office 2010 and Sharepoint Server 2010.  This would position the products to take advantage of both back-to-school/fall sales, and holiday sales (though this is less of a factor for the more business-like Sharepoint Server).

We will keep you updated as more details on the beta program arrive.

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Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Lord 666 on 10/20/2009 12:50:54 PM , Rating: -1
Two words; COMPLETE CHAOS. Was told x64 copies of Win7 would be available today, but had to fill out a coupon with an unknown ETA of shipment. Lack of communication internally and externally to the point of embarrassing.

While I am currently beta testing Office 2010 and really look forward to the new Sharepoint, MS needs to get their launch events better organized.

By Master Kenobi on 10/20/2009 12:57:24 PM , Rating: 3
Had no trouble with launch events in Washington DC. Then again we tend to be a little better organized in this part of the country. ;)

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Spivonious on 10/20/2009 1:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting. The launch event for VS2008 last year went fine, and plenty of copies for everyone.

Or do you mean that they only had 32-bit copies to give away?

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Lord 666 on 10/20/2009 1:11:58 PM , Rating: 2
They only had 32bit copies to give away, but communicated prior x64 would be available as an either/or choice.

The lack of the software wasn't the only complaint, but if Windows 7 is the first real push into x64, they just missed some great opportunities in NYC.

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Master Kenobi on 10/20/2009 1:18:25 PM , Rating: 3
Yea that is par for the course. They always have 32-bit on hand only. Maybe with Windows 8 we can finally see the death of 32-bit.

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By RjBass on 10/20/2009 1:42:22 PM , Rating: 2
Was announced last year that Windows 7 will be that last version of Windows to ship with a 32 bit version. All versions of Windows after 7 will be 64 bit only.

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Master Kenobi on 10/20/2009 2:18:42 PM , Rating: 2
They said the same about Server 2008 a few years back and a 32-bit variant was indeed released sadly.

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Sazar on 10/20/2009 3:01:05 PM , Rating: 3
Think about it.

Netbooks exploded over the past couple of years and spawned a massive 32-bit market.

It is illogical for Microsoft to try and gain additional sales traction if they cannot provide an OS that will run on Atom, which is a 32-bit processor.

Microsoft may well have wanted to go all 64-bit but the fact is that if they had done so with Windows 7, it would have been akin to shooting themselves in the foot from a revenue perspective.

RE: Just attended NYC Windows 7 launch event
By Master Kenobi on 10/20/2009 3:42:25 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the N400 series coming out with the integrated Graphics and Controller on chip contain the x64 capability. So by the time we see Windows 8 it is possible.

By Sazar on 10/23/2009 5:14:53 PM , Rating: 2
Of course. Naturally I am not implying that innovation should be killed :D

But it makes sense for right now. As you mention, with Win8, MS is suggesting it will do away with x86 completely and move to x64. I am totally with that :D

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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