Office 2010 RTM next month, May 12 for Biz - June 15 for consumers

Microsoft said on Friday that it will release Office 2010 to manufacturing in April and provide businesses with copies of the latest Office suite on May 12.

In a company blog posting, Jevon Fark of Microsoft Office marketing, provided some information on the Office 2010 Technology Guarantee. Last month Neowin revealed Microsoft's plans for the guarantee program. Customers who purchase Office 2007, or a new PC with Office 2007, and activate it between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 will be offered a free upgrade to Office 2010. Copies will be available online, via download, at no additional cost.

Fark confirmed that Microsoft is on target for an Office 2010 RTM next month. "We're excited to confirm that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 are on schedule and will release to manufacturing (RTM) next month."

Microsoft also officially confirmed that the business launch for Office 2010 is on May 12. Consumers will not be able to purchase the product until June. Although Microsoft officials will not confirm the exact date, Neowin firmly believes this will be June 15. In January Microsoft announced Office 2010 pricing. The professional edition will retail for $499 boxed.  Office 2010 will be released in at least five different flavours, including a free version that includes Microsoft Word and Excel, but comes with limited functionality and includes advertisements. The editions of Office 2010 will include Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Professional and Professional Academic.

Thanks to djdanster for the news tip

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free office with ads. omg, best off jsut use openoffice or iWork on the mac if you don't need all of the functions which 90% of people don't use

free office with ads. omg, best off jsut use openoffice or iWork on the mac if you don't need all of the functions which 90% of people don't use

Just noticed that if you buy Office Ultimate 2007 through the Ultimate Steal prmotion (http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-uk/default.aspx) you can download Office 2010 Professional for free - cool, think I'll buy it for £40 and get 2010 for free!!

Thank you Microsoft!!

bbfc_uk said,
Just noticed that if you buy Office Ultimate 2007 through the Ultimate Steal prmotion (http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-uk/default.aspx) you can download Office 2010 Professional for free - cool, think I'll buy it for £40 and get 2010 for free!!

Thank you Microsoft!!

It's a great way to have it original and at a very cheap stake.

Thats intresting regards to the free upgrade from March 5th.

Wonder if thats the same for AUS just sold a batch of em so be good if thats true.

I love the new look of Outlook.
Just bought Office 07 Professional through Microsoft "It's Not Cheating" Student Discount scheme (http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/itsnotcheating/default.aspx). Page just updated with free upgrade offer.

Piggy said,
New Outlook is really great. I can't wait!

Agreed; I made two more converts (both 2010 x64) over the weekend (both systems are running 7 x64; Home Premium on one, and Ultimate on the other). I'm down to one 2007 PC left (Mom's XP based laptop) and 2007 on *it* gets the chop this week.

Haven't seen the RC yet (CPP participants and Connect testers not in TAP don't get the RC, unfortunately).

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, now that IE6 is dieing... :P


IE6 can display PNGs - it's just that it does not support the alpha channel.

RealFduch said,
Please, Neowin!
Can you stop resizing screenshots so ugly?

But they have to leave all the useless empty space on the sides of the page.

RageOfFury said,
Anyone know when the beta version expires? Is there a timebomb on it?

Yes, It expires in October this year, I don't think they said when. But I think it will be October 1st or something...

From a productivity standpoint I pretty stoked about publishing MS Access databases/webforms to SharePoint. I think it is the most improved product in the suit and could be a big hit if Microsoft upgrades Office Live Workspaces or even SkyDrive (which I understand Wave 4 is being built on SharePoint) so that power users can take advantage of this without requiring them to manage a full SharePoint site themselves.

Nice to see it finally getting a release, Except for some minor buts the RC is running rather good on a few machines i have it on. Its good work.