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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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Open Office
By Codger on 2/3/2010 2:44:57 PM , Rating: 1
Let's face it, most people don't need most of the functionality.
I have been using open office for a while and it works great (even on MS Office docs).

RE: Open Office
By Smilin on 2/3/2010 4:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
I absolutely need the added functionality.

I do some 1k emails a day and the organizational tools in Outlook make it possible.

RE: Open Office
By heulenwolf on 2/3/2010 4:49:37 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. With every version of Office released since 97, there's been something that saves me time. This has justified the upgrade cost when buying a new computer in my company since I didn't really see the cost. Over those same years, it hasn't justified the cost of anything at home but a single Home and Student 2007 license which only made sense because I could legally install it on 3 computers in the house and because I got it at a great discount.

I'm curious to see how good the on-line version is and how annoying the adds are. If its good enough, I'd push for 2010 at work and the free on-line version at home.

RE: Open Office
By really on 2/4/2010 12:36:06 PM , Rating: 2
I open Office on my computer everyday and it works great, even on MS Office docs. ;-)

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