Youâ€™ve most likely heard the news by now. At the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft announced that the next version of Office reached its Technical Preview engineering milestone. You can read the highlights in this press release (and Iâ€™ll include some more links below). Iâ€™m guessing the first question on peopleâ€™s minds is â€œhow do I get a copy?â€. Currently the Technical Preview program is â€œby invitation onlyâ€ and is not broadly available to the public. There is a waitlist you can sign up for, found here.
If you canâ€™t get your hands on a copy, all is not lost. The other exciting bit of news that goes along with the Technical Preview release is the Excel team is now able to start blogging about the exciting work weâ€™ve done in this release, so you’ll be able to learn all about Excel 2010 here. Consider this post the official transition of this blog into â€œ2010 modeâ€ (though weâ€™ll still be posting Power Tips in the meantime as well). Iâ€™ve been waiting for this day for a long time. We have a lot of ground to cover. I hope the next few months are as exciting for you as they will be for me.
By the way, we wonâ€™t just be talking about the Excel client that you know and love. Weâ€™ll also be blogging about the Excel Web Application, part of the Office Web Applications that were discussed in the announcements today. To quote the press release I mentioned earlier:
Office Web applications will be available in three ways: through Windows Live, where more than 400 million consumers will have access to Office Web applications at no cost; on-premises for all Office volume licensing customers including more than 90 million Office annuity customers; and via Microsoft Online Services, where customers will be able to purchase a subscription as part of a hosted offering.
Thereâ€™s already a bit of â€œteaserâ€ information on Excel you should check out if you havenâ€™t already. They show off just some of the many things weâ€™ve done this release. I like videos so Iâ€™ll share some of those.
Hereâ€™s a video from the official Microsoft Office 2010 site on Excel 2010.
Robert Scoble does a video interview on Excel 2010.
He also does a video of the Office Web Applications, of which Excel plays a part.
Other links to check out:
- The Microsoft Office 2010 site
- Channel 9â€™s video of Office 2010
- The keynote speech at the Worldwide Partner Conference, announcing Microsoft Office 2010.
You can also follow the buzz @ the social community of your choice:
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/microsoftoffice
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/office
- YouTube: www.youtube.com/officevideos
- LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=1913738&trk=anet_ug_grppro
Stay tuned for more exciting Excel 2010 info!