Microsoft Office 2010 Reaches RTM – Release Dates Announced

Microsoft’s much anticipated Office 2010 has been in Beta for quite some time now, I’ve been running it myself and am so far impressed with it. Now the news has come from Redmond that they’ve finished working on it and have finalised all the code.

On April 15th they announced on their Technet blog that they have finally reached the final milestone, Release To Manufacturing (RTM). That means that Microsoft can finally beginning preparing the software for launch, burning it to discs and sorting out packaging etc…

Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President of the Office division, made the announcement which covers the Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 products.

“I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!

RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our engineering team has poured their heart and soul into reaching this milestone. It is also an appropriate time to re-emphasize our sincere gratitude to the more than 5,000 organizations and partners who have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing of the products. Since the start of our public beta in November 2009, we’ve had more than 7.5 million people download the beta version – that’s more than 3 times the number of 2007 beta downloads! The feedback that we’ve received from all these programs has shaped the set of products we’re excited about, and that I’m sure will delight our customers.”

Not only did he officially announce that they have reached the RTM but he also let us in on the dates that Microsoft Office 2010 will be available.

As usual, the first to get the new software will be Microsoft’s volume license customers. Software Assurance (SA) subscribers, these companies pay Microsoft a set amount in exchange for the right to use the latest versions of all Microsoft software on their computers. So they are generally the first to be offered the latest Microsoft products. They will get the new software on April 27th.

Non-SA volume license customers can buy the software starting on May 1st. Then the regular home users, as usual will be getting Office last. We don’t know when for certain, but it’s some time in June.

There’s more too, if you have  bought and activated Office 2007 between March 5 and September 30 of this year, you are eligible for a free upgrade to Office 2010 under the terms of the Office Technology Guarantee program outlined here.

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