Microsoft: No Office 2010 beta for you
Beta won't be offered to the public; final will offer first-ever 64-bit edition
Computerworld - Microsoft confirmed today that it will not open Office 2010 beta testing to the general public, but will instead limit the preview to a large group of invite-only users starting in the third quarter of 2009.
The technology preview, as Microsoft will call the beta program, will involve "thousands of users," a company spokeswoman said. But it will be a closed group, in that Microsoft will not post a beta version of Office 2010 to its site for just anyone to download.
"At this point, there is no plan" to offer the beta to the general public, she added when asked whether Microsoft would release a preview to any and all.
Office 2010, the moniker Microsoft announced today for its next application suite -- the bundle was previously code-named Office 14 -- will be issued in beta form to workers in Microsoft's largest corporate accounts as well as to consumers, the spokeswoman said.
By omitting a general beta, Microsoft breaks with the approach it used to test Office 2007, the dramatically revamped suite it introduced to business customers in late 2006 and launched in retail stores in January 2007. For Office 2007, Microsoft delivered two betas: one in March 2006 and the second in September. In between, it let users try out the suite's applications from within their browsers.
The Microsoft spokeswoman also confirmed today that Microsoft will ship two separate versions of Office 2010: one suitable for 32-bit operating systems and another that offers applications written specifically for 64-bit.
Late last month, ZDNet blogger Ed Bott rooted out references in a recent build of Windows 7 to a 64-bit edition of Office 2010, which was still called Office 14 at the time. Last Friday, Rafael Rivera, perhaps best known as one of two bloggers who sparked criticism of Windows 7's redesigned User Account Control (UAC) two months ago, reported that an Office 2010 add-on posted to the Microsoft download site was specific to 64-bit. The add-on, dated April 9, 2009, and labeled "Microsoft Office ScreenTip Language (64-bit)," was available as late as early Wednesday but has since been pulled from the site.
Office 2010 will be the first Microsoft suite to boast a version that natively supports 64-bit.
Microsoft has said it will ship Office 2010 for Windows sometime in the first half of next year.
Read more about App Development in Computerworld's App Development Topic Center.
- Path Selection Infographic Path Selection Infographic
- Hyperconvergence Infographic A wide range of observers agree that data centers are now entering an era of "hyperconvergence" that will raise network traffic levels faster...
- Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Hyperconvergence Era From cloud computing and virtualization to mobility and unified communications, an array of innovative technologies is transforming today's data centers.
- How WAN Optimization Helps Enterprises Reduce Costs If you wanted to break down innovation into a tidy equation, it might go something like this: Technology + Connectivity = Productivity. Productivity...
- Live Webcast Best Practices: How to Improve Business Continuity with Virtualization VMware solutions include a range of business continuity capabilities to help ensure availability for applications across your virtualized environment. Learn More>>
- Live Webcast
Transforming Finance, Procurement and Supply Chain Effectiveness with Cross-Functional Analytics
Date: May 6th, 2014
Time: 1 PM EDT
Attend this Webcast to find out how Oracle's packaged analytic applications enable line-of-business managers to examine all...
- Live Webcast LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users?
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users? All Knowledge Center White Papers | Webcasts