Office 14 heads into external alpha testing

Microsoft has begun providing external companies with early access to alpha versions of its Office 14 server components.

According to Mary Jo Foley some external testers say they've now got access to documentation outlining what's coming in the imminent alpha build. Testers are expected to receive alpha code of SharePoint Server 14 and Office for Sales 14. Microsoft also told the alpha testers to expect a "first beta"of Office 14 later this year.

Mary Jo also questioned Rajesh Jha, Corporate Vice President of Office Live and Exchange on the release schedule of Office 14, Jha said to expect Microsoft to update customers "later this quarter" about its rollout and release plans for Office 14.

According to an official Microsoft spokesperson "Today Microsoft provided a select group of customers early access to an Alpha version of Office server technologies. However, Microsoft is not disclosing information about the timing for a Beta version at this time".

Earlier this week Neowin posted an un-confirmed Office 14 screenshot.

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