I have received a number of emails and comments from those that attended the Montreal stop of the Future of the Desktop Tour wondering about the availability of the Beta 2 bits for Office 2007 and Windows Vista. During the tour I mentioned that Beta 2 of both Windows Vista and Office 2007 was announced last Tuesday, May 23. However, both are not currently available for download.
If you go to the Beta Central web site (http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/betacentral in English or http://www.microsoft.ca/technet/centrebeta in French) you can sign up for both Betas. Currently you can download Beta 2 of the 2007 Microsoft Office system but the Windows Vista and Exchange 2007 code is not yet available. Windows Vista is expected to be available for download from the Beta Central site around June 5. We do not yet have a date for Exchange 2007, but as soon as I am told of one, I will post it here.
Sorry for any confusion this may have caused. For now, download and play with Office 2007 on your Windows XP desktop – it works just fine. On June 5 (or thereabout), visit the Beta Central web site to download Windows Vista Beta 2 so that you can experience Vista for yourself.