Feeds

Microsoft RTMs Office 2010

April turn on for business Web editions

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Businesses will get their hands on web and desktop Office 2010 in just under two weeks.

The company's Office team has released code for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 to manufacturing.

Customers on Microsoft's volume licenses - 250 or more PCs - with Software Assurance can download from the Volume Licensing Service Center on April 27. Volume-licensing customers without SA can get the software May 1. Microsoft began accepting pre orders on April 15.

The first ever web versions of Office - Office Web apps - will be available for customers on volume licensing at the same time, Microsoft told The Reg late Friday. Microsoft plans hosted and on-premise versions of Office Web apps.

Availability will come ahead of the business launch event on May 11 in New York City.

There's no word on when consumers will get the free version of Office Web apps, in beta testing since September 2009. "For consumers, Office Web Apps will remain in technical preview until availability. We don't have a date to share with you at this point in time," the spokesperson said.

Office Web apps promise to be the most interesting part of the whole Office 2010 affair, with Microsoft at last putting part of one its best revenue generator online.

Office Web apps offers what Reg reviewer Tim Anderson called "a good-looking but very much cut-down set of tools for creating and editing documents in the browser."

A key ingredient of Office Web apps for paying customers will be SharePoint 2010. The Office Web apps hosted and on-premise versions will use SharePoint to provide features such as document history, active directory integration, auditing, and backup/restore.

Office Web apps will also use SharePoint Foundation 2010 to sanitize the wild, wild world of blogs, wikis, and teamspaces for buttoned down business uses. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.