Microsoft Office 2010 Public Beta Available
It has been some time coming but the public beta of Microsoft Office 2010 is now available. The download is around 617 MB, with versions for Home and Work, and will expire around October 2010. Applications in the Office 2010 beta include not only Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook but also Publisher, InfoPath, Communicator, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace.
SharePoint Workspace should be of particular interest if you have been working with SharePoint team sites as it offers anytime, anywhere access to your team sites as well as a number of co-authoring tools. Libraries and Lists can be synchronized locally and worked on offline whilst updating the synchronization when you go back online.
Outlook users should be happy to see new synchronization options with services including Gmail and Hotmail, the new Social Connector should also help you keep in touch with friends and business colleagues especially with the soon to be added feature of supported social network sites.
A handy feature of the new Word 2010 is the ability to recover draft, unsaved, versions of Word files. Co-authoring appears in Word 2010 too allowing multiple authors to work on the same document at the same time – as well as fire up a chat between authors – all within Word 2010.
Head on over to the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta site.