The world’s largest computer software company, Microsoft Corp, has rolled out the Release Candidate version of its Office 2010 productivity suite for a select number of testers and developers, with plans to launch it world-wide sometime in June according to various reports.
However, the Office 2010 release candidate has only been made available to members of Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program (TAP) and the company has no plans to dish out the RC to other testers and the general public.
A Microsoft spokesperson, commenting on the newly released RC, told CNET that “Microsoft made a release candidate available to members in the technology adoption program (TAP). This is one of Microsoft's planned milestones in the engineering process; however (we) do not have plans to make this new code set available broadly.”
Microsoft’s Office line of productivity suite has been a major contributor to the company’s revenue base and has achieved world-wide acceptance as the ideal software used by professionals and the general user to create documents, spreadsheets or presentations.
Interestingly, prior to this, the Redmond based software giant had released a Beta version of Office 2010 in November 2009 and had seen 2 million download as of last month.
The new Office 2010 will feature a host of new functionalities including browser-based versions of Excel, OneNote, Word and Power Point.
Office 2010 is the other cash cow of Microsoft and one which is under more scrutiny and in danger from the competition, than Windows 7. Office 2010 will face the two-pronged attacks of online web-based suites as well as the rise of open source solutions like Open Office.org. Now that Sun Microsystems has been swallowed by Oracle, it will be interesting to see what will happen to OOO.