Microsoft recently launched it’s Microsoft Office 2010 beta programs and hit record high numbers. More than 8.6 million users have downloaded and tried Office 2010 and it’s related products. All the while Microsoft is busy finding solutions for any known problems with the products to make it‘s official debut worry free.
The last release of a new set of Microsoft products (that includes Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote) was in 2007, and also a huge success. So what makes this new release so much better? Web Apps. Making the communication across the PC, phone and browser that much easier! Collaborations that you think “would be cool if that could ever be possible” just became possible. So what exactly are Web Apps? They are the cloud-based components of Office that features cloud versions of some of their most common programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Take Outlook 2010 for example. You can now manage your calendar better than ever, communicate faster with advanced e-mail management AND add a bit of social networking with their all new Social Connector.
Pairing Microsoft Office Web Apps to these popular Microsoft programs couldn’t have been a better match. Whether you are on an iTouch, iPad or just wearing your eye glasses, Web Apps preserve the look of a document regardless of what device you are using to view it. Not to mention the ability to communicate that document with other users.
“Through Office Web Apps, the Outlook Social Connector, Office Mobile, SharePoint Intranet Sites and SharePoint Communities, we help people connect and collaborate with each other regardless of location,” stated Tracy Overby, senior marketing manager for Microsoft’s Office Product Management Group, in an e-mail to CRN.
Pricing for the package is still yet to be determined, rumors have started at $199 and grown to $499. To view more or download the beta version for yourself, you can find it on Microsoft’s website or the2010event.com.