Microsoft will be releasing the successor to Office 2007 in a few more weeks time. The latest version of the venerable word processor will see a host of incremental updates that refines the word processor and introduces a 64-bit version for the first time.
After using the beta for a few months, I find that the stability is great, although the software sometimes lags for no apparent reason, possibly due to the unique Click-and-Run method it uses in order to deliver the beta experience. Anyway, the RTM, or release to manufacturing, version will be out in a few more weeks as Microsoft is targeting a May release date for their corporate customers, followed in June for the general availability to people like you and me.
The 2010 suite is also the first time Microsoft is updating their Visio and Project programs, which are often widely used in corporate environments for project management and other commercial applications. The new interface should make it easier and more user friendly for people to work with.
“Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, [will] announce the launch of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on May 12, 2010 at 11 a.m. EST. The live Microsoft keynote focuses on the next wave of productivity that delivers: end user productivity across the PC, phone and browser; IT choice and flexibility; [and] a platform for developers to build innovative solutions,” the details of the event read.
At this point in time, Office 2010 is yet to be released to manufacturing. A small group of testers worldwide is running the Release Candidate development milestone of Office 2010, which the company offered earlier this year. Office 2010 Build 4734.1000-110 is not available for the public, but users looking to get a feel of what the successor of Office 2007 brings to the table can still download Office 2010 Beta Build 14.0.4536.1000.
Fortunately the Malaysian build of the beta will still be able to run well into later this year, after which you will actually need to spend some money in order to get it.
Inking users (those who use a stylus with Office) might want to take a second look at Office 2010 as it has a much improved inking interface making writing a breeze on a touchscreen tablet. Integration with OneNote 2010 is also extensive and well well done, with some saying it’s better than Evernote, a popular free note aggregation program.