Office 2010 To Enter BETA Next Month Page: 1
Microsoft Office 2010
 
Microsoft announced yesterday that it will be releasing a public test version of the latest office suite - Office 2010, in November. A limited preview of the suite was released in July, the full version is expected for release in 2010, obviously.
 
Microsoft, making the announcement at its SharePoint conference, also detailed some of the features of the next version of its portal software, which will also enter beta next month. The new version, SharePoint 2010, includes Office's Ribbon user interface as well as enhanced support for video, audio and Silverlight. Programmers will also be able develop Sharepoint sites using the next version of the company's Visual Studio, which is going into a second beta this week.
 
SharePoint is an important product for Microsoft as it is one of the company's fastest growing large businesses. Last year it brought in more than $1.3 billion in revenue, up 20 percent from the prior year.
 
"SharePoint 2010 is the biggest and most important release of SharePoint to date," CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "When paired with Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 will transform efficiency by connecting workers across a single collaboration platform for business."
 
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