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Microsoft Office 2010 ready to roll

Engineers at Microsoft's Office division will have been popping the corks this weekend as work on Office 2010 was completed on Friday.

Office project boss Tekeshi Numoto recently announced, "I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010," in the project's official blog.

But it will be some time yet before the ubiquitous suite of workplace applications hits the shelves of your local computer superstore.

Volume license customers who are part of the company's Software Assurance scheme will be the first to get their hands on the package - which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and a bunch of other stuff - on April 27th.

Cheapskates with no SA agreements will be able to download the long-awaited upgrades on May 1st.

Normal business customers will see a launch on May 12th and ordinary punters will be able to grab a copy off of the shelf some time in June.

The punter packages will come in five flavours: Starter (preloaded free on new PCs - ad supported), Academic ($100) Home student ($150), Home Business ($280) and Professional ($500).

UK prices here.