The Microsoft Press Article released today reads: "Today, at its Worldwide Partner Conference 2009, Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 have reached the technical preview engineering milestone. Starting today, tens of thousands of people will be invited to test Office and Visio as part of the Technical Preview program."

On of the key announcements from this includes the new Office Web applications — the lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote — that provide access to documents from virtually anywhere and preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device.

Microsoft also announced that Office Web applications will be available in three ways:

  • Windows Live, where more than 400 million consumers will have access to Office Web applications at no cost   (YES - you did read that right!)
  • On-premises for all Office volume licensing customers including more than 90 million Office annuity customers
  • Microsoft Online Services where customers will be able to purchase a subscription as part of a hosted offering

Stephen Elop announces the technical preview milestone for Microsoft Office 2010 and discusses the Office 2010 partner opportunity at WPC09.

For further information visit the Microsoft Office 2010 website, read the latest article on the Microsoft Office Team Blog for additional insight, or visit the http://www.office2010themovie.com/ website, which hosts a set of 'behind the scenes' videos describing the people and the ideas behind Office2010.