I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we 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. It is also an appropriate time to re-emphasize our sincere gratitude to the more than 5,000 organizations and partners who have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing of the products. 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.
Our Volume License customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will be one of the first to receive the 2010 set of products. They will be able to download the products in English via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. Customers without SA will be able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft partners starting May 1.
Earlier this year we announced that we will officially launch Office 2010 to our business customers on May 12 with Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division, delivering a keynote as part of our virtual launch. 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 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.
On behalf of the Office team, I want to thank all of the customers and partners who have helped us reach this milestone. We look forward to continue learning from you and all the great things you will do with our products!
-- Takeshi Numoto
Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office
Congratulations team. I can't wait to get this on to my shiny new Windows 7 laptop.
Great news! Look forward to downloading this.
Great just when i begin to understand the 2007, (I'm very new to the Sharepoint ;) )
Such great products in such a short time.
And of course I'm also looking forward to get it on 27th of April :)
My congratulations to the team of developers, testers and users of Microsoft Office. Great day!
Sad that Outlook still doesn't properly display even basic HTML mails :-(
I really had hoped that they would fix this before RTM, but that was probably too much to ask.
After all, a HTML compliant mail client in the year 2010, that's really a lot to ask.
Great job guys, I can't imagine the scope it took to develop this.
I don't quite understand the misguided attempts by users here to point out competing products, especially those targeted at completely different demographics.
I'm sure the finished product is terrific. Sit back, enjoy a beer or two, and start working on 2012. ;-)
When will it be available for Gold cert. partners?
Has the Sync bug between Outlook 2010 x64, Windows 7 x64, WMDC x64, and Windows Mobile been resolved?
So all those send a frowns finally paid off
"Still can't password protect an entire notebook section in OneNote... after 7 years. Idiots."
"Sad that Outlook still doesn't properly display even basic HTML mails :-(
Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! se super buenoo00000 lo0 esperare!!! :D
Great job guys !!!!!
Why won't they definitively state when this will be available to Technet subscribers?