It’s ready!  With your help, the next wave of productivity solutions is available.  According to our Office team “Since the start of our public beta in November 2009, we’ve had more than 7.5 million people download the beta version – that’s more than 3 times the number of 2007 beta downloads! The feedback that we’ve received from all these programs has shaped the set of products we’re excited about, and that I’m sure will delight our customers.”

We have reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!

RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our engineering team has poured their heart and soul into reaching this milestone.

MSDN will have this available for download from April 22, 2010.

Volume License customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will receive the 2010 set of products available to download in English via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27, 2010.

Customers without SA will be able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft partners starting May 1, 2010

Our virtual launch will allow people from around the globe to participate in our launch by going to http://www.the2010event.com. The virtual launch site will showcase product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives, and we hope this will give you another great way to explore, learn, and get excited about the 2010 releases.

Office 2010 will first become available in retail stores in June 2010 in the US, and customers can pre-order these retail versions of Office 2010 at http://store.microsoft.com/OfficePreorder today to receive Office when it becomes available.

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