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Microsoft To Unveil Office 2010 Technical Preview Within Hours

Microsoft is set to provide the rest of the world with a sneak preview of its forthcoming Office 2010 business software suite tomorrow at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans later today.

The official Microsoft Office 2010 technical preview website was live earlier today but was quickly pulled down by the system administrators in Redmond although a copy of this is available courtesy of Google's omnipotent caching system (opens in new tab).

The page acted like a portal to the business suite's main applications - all eight of them - as well to Office web applications and Office mobile. There were also two dedicated sections regarding Microsoft Office for business and "Office 2010 The Movie", a review of the making of Office 2010.

Furthermore, it appears that there are a number of videos covering Microsoft Office 2010 individual applications that can be viewed over at ZDNet although access to the them appear to be random with error messages popping up. You will need a compatible browser and Silverlight to view them.

Microsoft already has a virtual pressroom up and running where interested parties can learn more about the history of Microsoft office as well as related products Microsoft has in the pipeline.

We're also told that Office 2010 Beta, bearing the suffix 14.0.1302.1000, has been leaked online on variouos file sharing websites. The application is apparently available in 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

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Our Comments

Office 2010 is the third major application that is set to be launched by Microsoft after Windows 7 and IE8. The business suite, the 14th in the series, is still one of Microsoft's most profitable products and doesn't seem to have as much competitors as Windows 7. OpenOffice is not ready to take it on and Google Docs still has some way to go before it can challenge it.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.