Microsoft is going to make available the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta publicly for everybody who interested to try out the next generation Office productivity suite to download. From the official Office 2010 Beta site, a new suite edition of Office 2010 Beta is available, i.e. Office Home and Business 2010, instead of usual Office Professional or Ultimate 2010.

Within the FAQ, Microsoft does reveal the editions or SKUs which Office suites will be available for purchase. To the joy of 64-bit (x64) Windows operating system users, Office 2010 products will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Previous versions of Office such as Office 2007, Office 2003 and Office XP only available in 32-bit (x86) flavor.

Office 2010 Suites with Office Applications Inclusion

Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010

Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Excel 2010
Microsoft Outlook 2010
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft OneNote 2010

Microsoft Office Professional 2010

Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Excel 2010
Microsoft Outlook 2010
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft OneNote 2010
Microsoft Access 2010
Microsoft Publisher 2010

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 (only available via volume licensing)

Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Excel 2010
Microsoft Outlook 2010 with Business Contact Manager
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft OneNote 2010
Microsoft Access 2010
Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010
Microsoft InfoPath 2010
Microsoft Publisher 2010
Microsoft Office Web Apps
Microsoft Communicator
Integrated solution capabilities such as enterprise content management (ECM), electronic forms, and information rights and policy capabilities

Microsoft Office Standard 2010 (only available via volume licensing)

Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Excel 2010
Microsoft Outlook 2010 with Business Contact Manager
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft OneNote 2010
Microsoft Publisher 2010
Microsoft Office Web Apps
Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 are also available but are not part of the suites.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010

Microsoft Word 2010
Microsoft Excel 2010
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
Microsoft OneNote 2010

It’s unclear whether Microsoft will continue to offer Office Ultimate 2010 similar to Office Ultimate 2007, which includes all applications and products in Office series. In addition to Office 2010 suites listed above, there will also be a Office Starter 2010, a freeware to be pre-loaded on new OEM PCs which comprised only of Word Starter 2010 and Excel Starter 2010 which basic functionality.

To complement Office 2010, Microsoft is also rolling out Office Web Apps, a free online service which allows user to work with Microsoft Office files from any places and any devices (with supported browser) with Internet connection to view or perform minor editing of Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, and OneNote 2010 files. For constantly on-the-go people, Office Mobile 2010 is also available for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices.

The pricing details of Office 2010 and system requirements of Office 2010 is now available.

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