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Microsoft Office 2010 beta ready for download

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26th Nov 2009
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The next release of Microsoft Office is getting closer with the release this month of the public beta test version.
This is the final test edition before the product’s full commercial release. The purpose of the beta phase is to uncover any previously hidden glitches and barring any major discoveries is pretty much the finished article. Anyone can now download a copy themselves from http://www.microsoft.com/2010.
Beta test participants will need to have a Microsoft Live ID and Internet Explorer. The new version of Office requires Windows XP with SP3 or later, or you can install it on a Windows Server 2003 or 2008 computer.
Microsoft suggests installing the beta on a secondary computer, and that you remove any previous versions of Office before doing so. You'll be required to activate the beta immediately after setup.
There are Office 2010 beta versions for three types of users:
If you're worried about installing the beta version of Office 2010 on any of your computers, try the Office Web Apps technical preview instead, which is Microsoft's answer to Google Docs and Zoho.
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By Trevor Scott
27th Nov 2009 18:16
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