Microsoft Denies Blocking Office 2010 Beta General Release

Microsoft Corp. has rejected rumours that it will not be releasing public beta to its upcoming Office 2010 suite.

The spokesperson for the company notified that Microsoft will stick to its conventional development pattern, and let the public to try out beta versions of its forthcoming Office applications suite.

Although an exact date for the public beta hasn’t been announced yet, but the company vowed to present one, with the development cycle for the new Office suite will be similar to what company had for the previous versions, the spokesperson added.

“In the third quarter of this year, Office 2010 will enter technical preview, which is an invite-only programme, and this will be followed by a public beta where millions can try out Office”, the spokesperson said in a statement.

Microsoft’s response came soon after the reports emerged that the public beta of its new iteration of Office suite wouldn’t be released.

Office 2010 will be the first notable update to the software maker’s productivity suite since its signature Office 2007, which was released alongside Windows Vista in January 2007.

The move would surely help Microsoft to have a more comprehensive feedback on features and capabilities of the new version of its Office suite.

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Our Comments

Office 2010 is one of Microsoft's two cash cows, the other one being Windows. It will be intriguing to find out how Microsoft manages to encourage and keep customers spending continuously. There have been no set release dates for Office 2010 beta but expect it to be roughly available before Windows 7 is officially launched.

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