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Monday, July 13, 2009

Microsoft Reveals Office 2010 Timing, Technical Preview

Microsoft revealed a test version of the next round of its Office suite of products, which will be available in the first half of 2010.

Office remains the de facto standard for office productivity among both businesses and consumers. However, companies like Google and others are trying to challenge Microsoft with free Web-based versions of applications similar to Word, PowerPoint and Excel, which make up the core of Office.

What Microsoft didn't release at the show, and what many expected, was a test preview of Microsoft's answer to these challenges, Office Web apps, a free, Web based version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

Customers will be able to get Office Web apps in a number of ways. It will be free for anyone who wants to use the basic version, and business customers can get a paid version that they can either run on premise on their own SharePoint Server back-end or as a hosted service from Microsoft.

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