Microsoft Launches Office 2010 Enterprise Online

Microsoft will make the Enterprise version of its Office 2010 suite available online for the first time ever, in a move that will pit it against other online services such as Google Docs.

The web applications are due to launch on 12 May. Online consumer versions will be available around the same time on the Windows Live and Facebook social networks via the newly unveiled Docs.com. Standard retail versions can be installed for new Share Point 2010 servers from today.

Microsoft reports no significant changes in the final product compared with its last beta version, which was downloaded nearly 7.5 million times. A few tweaks have been observed, though, in Outlook, and the names of menus and so on.

According to guidelines issued by Microsoft, users will have to uninstall the beta version before loading the new version, though Microsoft calls its new web-based Office 2010 a "companion" to its predecessors rather than a replacement.