Office 2010 Beta Nears Expiration Date, Introducing Office 365
Article by George Norman
On 20 Oct 2010
Microsoft announced that the Beta version of the 2010 Office productivity suite is nearing its expiration date. Office 2010 Beta, the software that has been downloaded more than 9 million times, will reach its expiration date this Halloween – that’s the 31st of October.

“Didn't it seem like only yesterday when we made the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta available? Actually, it's been nearly a year! Since then, Office 2010 has experienced over 9 million downloads — more than 6 times the size of the Office 2007 Beta. With so many folks out there using the Office 2010 Beta, this is our gentle reminder that the Beta is set to expire on Halloween,” announced Michael C. Oldenburg, Technical Writer in the Office User Assistance group at Microsoft.


That takes care of the bad news; let’s move on to the good news now. Redmond-based software giant Microsoft introduced Office 365, the company’s next generation in cloud productivity that brings together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online. Organizations will be able to easily take advantage of this always up-to-date cloud service and use Microsoft’s award-winning business productivity solutions via the cloud.

“Office 365 is the best of everything we know about productivity, all in a single cloud service,” explained President of the Office Division at Microsoft, Kurt DelBene. “With Office 365, your local bakery can get enterprise-caliber software and services for the first time, while a multinational pharmaceutical company can reduce costs and more easily stay current with the latest innovations. People can focus on their business, while we and our partners take care of the technology.”

“There are moments in time when technology transforms the workplace, and this is one of them,” said Chris Capossela, senior vice president, Microsoft Office Division. “By bringing Office, one of the most popular and widely used applications of all time, completely into the cloud era with Office 365, we are throwing down the gauntlet. When it comes to the cloud, we are all in, and we are bringing our very best with us – the very best applications and the very best partners.”

Microsoft started testing a Beta version of Office 365 with a few thousand organizations in 13 countries and regions around the world. The Beta availability will be extended over time. The final Office 365 version is expected to reach worldwide availability next year.

Additional details about Office 365 are available here.

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