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Office 2010 Ships in 2010, Beta Now

Neowin reports that Microsoft will ship its highly anticipated Office 2010 suite (RTM) in June 2010. It also regurgitates information that was made public many months ago: that there will be six versions including a free offering with limited functionality and built-in advertisements. Office 2010 will also appear as a full install, or as an upgrade to current Office 2007 consumers.

Currently Microsoft has not coughed up pricing plans for the full-blown or upgrade offerings, however the products will work on Windows XP (x86 only), Vista (x86, x64), and Windows 7 (x86, x64) when they ship this summer. And despite all the legal hoopla taking place over the summer, Word will still be available in Microsoft's popular Office suite, sitting alongside Excel, Outlook, Publisher, and more applications.

For consumers who just can't until June 2010 to get a peek at Office 2010, Microsoft has launched the Professional Plus 2010 beta right here. According to Microsoft, there are ten applications available in the free suite: the usual suspects along with PowerPoint, OneNote, Communicator and more. To use the beta, Microsoft insists that consumers uninstall previous versions of Office.

To download the 685 MB Office 2010 beta, consumers must have a Microsoft Live account. We couldn't get Microsoft's Download Manager to work in Internet Explorer 8, but so far it's working just fine in Firefox. The download is taking forever and a day to initialize, so expect a long waiting period before enjoying the Ribbon-laden Office 2010 goodness.

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  • kyeana
    I have been using it for about a week now. It works, but i haven't found much of a reason to upgrade from 2007 yet (although to be fair, im mostly using word, excel, and outlook).
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  • quip13
    "We couldn't get Microsoft's Download Manager to work in Internet Explorer 8, but so far it's working just fine in Firefox."
    hahaha...epic FAIL
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  • bourgeoisdude
    I had no problems getting it to work with IE8--and it downloaded at about 1.1 MB/s for me. I downloaded it the day it came out though.
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  • buwish
    The DL didn't take long at all for me today in IE. I think it was around 20 minutes max. Never the less, I like it- a few improvements over 2007. MS has beefed up the security on it though, i.e. activation.
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  • psycho sykes
    For consumers who just can't until June 2010 to get a peek at Office 2010
    Nobe.
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  • Regulas
    No thank you convicted monopolist Microsoft, I'll stick with Open Office.
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  • lueszu
    I had no problem with the download, 250 - 400kbps... maybe now the download traffic is harder... still totally worth it... 2010 is beautiful! and so fast... 7 and 2010 will make a more relaxing office lol.
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  • originalread
    I didn't need to uninstall Office 2007 to install the beta. I think all it uninstalled was Outlook if I remember correctly.
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  • It works better than OpenOffice, opens fast as all get out, and supports .odt out of the box. I see no problem here.
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