Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 – May 12th 2010 Launch Date Confirmed

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Microsoft has confirmed the launch dates for Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 as May 12th 2010.  RTM dates are expected to be mid-April 2010.  The product has been very stable from Technical Preview, through Beta & RC so I expect a very stable product on release.

The SharePoint team are holding a launch event:

“We hope you can virtually join us on May 12th at 11am EST to listen to Stephen Elop, President of the Microsoft Business Division, announce the launch. You can register for the event @ http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/businessproductivity/proof/pages/2010-launch-events.aspx. “

The following further detail can be found on the Office Blog:

Ta da! Starting May 12, business customers worldwide will be able to buy Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, along with Visio 2010 and Project 2010. And everyone will be able to buy them in June. RTM is in April, which means the work is done and the product is “released to manfacturing”. In other words, we start celebrating. Visit the Office 2010 business launch site to find out more.

If you don’t want to wait, you can buy Office 2007 now through September 30 and download Office 2010 for free under the Technology Guarantee program that Microsoft also announced today. Office 2010 builds on the innovations introduced in Office 2007, so quickly jumping from Office 2003 to 2007 to Office 2010 isn’t such a crazy idea.

No product set as rich and diverse as Office, SharePoint, Project, and Visio can be perfectly intuitive. Here on the Office Blog and at Office.com we’ll roll out Help and How-to articles and videos and interactive guides to help you accomplish more than you could before, and show you the best ways to complete whatever you take on. We’ll also keep sharing tips and real-life examples so you can make the most of your investment.

Beta testers and those of us on the inside have been using, testing, and benefitting from Office 2010 and its cousins for months. So now that the cat’s officially out of the bag, I feel a party coming on. (Complete with t-shirt, no doubt.)

More launch news as we get it — for example, when in June, exactly? TBA.

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