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But only to a select few

Whether you love it or hate it, the majority of the world's corporations depend on Microsoft's Office software suite. Whether it is typing something up on Word or compiling data in Excel, many of us use a version of Office every day.

Microsoft's latest version, Office 2010, is supposed to be released in June. There are six different editions, all of which will come in 64-bit versions for the first time. There will also be a limited free edition that will be supported by ads. Retail pricing will be similar to that of older versions of Office.

Office 2010 hit the Open Beta stage in November, with thousands of eager users downloading the 684MB software package. Microsoft has now moved on to the Release Candidate stage, but is deploying this initial version to a select few.

DailyTech received confirmation via Microsoft's PR agency: "Microsoft made a release candidate available to members in the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). This is one of Microsoft's planned milestones in the engineering process; however they do not have plans to make this new code set available broadly".

It appears likely that there may be another Release Candidate version for the public at a later time. Corporate adoption of Office 2010 is expected to be slow as Microsoft becomes a victim of its own success. Many users are happy with Office 2007, and mass deployments of Office 2010 are likely to be 64-bit editions rolling out with 64-bit editions of Windows 7 at the same time.

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Office 2010 and Ribons
By Aloonatic on 2/3/2010 9:16:22 AM , Rating: 4
(Yes, ignoring earlier comment from you know who)

I have been using office 2003 for years, and was pretty happy with it. I tried the trial of Office 2007 and can't say that I got on with it that well and I didn't think much of the ribbon interface and other changes. However, I'm willing to take it all back after using the 2010 Beta for a while now.

Yep, it takes a little getting used to, but it's well worth it and even though I don't actually do that much (barely skimming the surface of what Excel and Word have to offer) and I have found many of the updates and changes in 2010 to be very intuitive and useful.

Good work MS. I'm sure people will moan about the MS tax etc, but when you think about it and how often you use their software, what they produce and sell is pretty good value. Just make sure that you buy what you actually need of course, but that's your look out.

RE: Office 2010 and Ribons
By The0ne on 2/3/10, Rating: -1
RE: Office 2010 and Ribons
By Suntan on 2/3/10, Rating: 0
RE: Office 2010 and Ribons
By Aloonatic on 2/3/2010 12:50:35 PM , Rating: 5
Anyone who can't type a document using an old type-writer isn't right in the head, so why bother with anything else?

-St Tropez

Oh, I guess a type-writer is probably pro-ribbon too :D

RE: Office 2010 and Ribons
By Silver2k7 on 2/4/2010 12:02:04 PM , Rating: 2
Im using 2007 and I dont care much for the ribbon interface.. lets hope they improved it in this new version :/

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