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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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