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BIG News: Microsoft Office 2010 + SharePoint 2010 RTM!

(RTM = Released to Manufacturing)

It’s a big day for Microsoft, and for the world of people who work with information and documents on their computers.  Or on a SharePoint page using a browser.  Or on their phone.  Today marks the “ship” day for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010.  It’s done.  It’s ready.  Kick it over to the manufacturing folks and start pressing those disks!  Get it online soon for TechNet Subscribers and Volume License and Software Assurance customers to start downloading. 

Here is the official announcement on the Office Blog

“What are your favorite new features, Kevin?”

I have to say that I’m most excited about the new options and productivity that will come with the collaboration you can do now.  Being able to work on the same document with other people, and collaborate with them in real-time.  Doing simple editing using just your browser in an online document.  And all the many ways that people are going to be able to slice-and-dice data every-which-way-from-Sunday in Excel 2010.  These are all very exciting to me.

“Does this mean I’m going to have to upgrade so I’m not running into compatibility problems with other people who have the newer version?”

If you’re running or supporting Office 2007, then you have nothing to worry about (other than lacking a big boost in productivity, connectivity, collaboration, etc.).  File formats have not changed from 2007 to 2010 in any way that would cause compatibility issues.

But if you or the people you support are still running Office 2003 or older, you will have the same problems with documents created in Office 2010 as you did with Office 2007.  You definitely should install and distribute the Office Compatibility Pack.

“I have so many questions, Kevin!  Where do I begin?”

You should definitely read the TOP 10 BENEFITS here.

The official Office 2010 + SharePoint 2010 world-wide Launch Event date is May 12 at 11:00am EST.  It’s an online event featuring Stephen ElopMore details HERE.

And if you’re an IT Professional living in the U.S., you definitely should consider coming to one of our Office 2010 Technical Readiness / Launch events.  We’re going to give you a good overview of what we envision a day-in-the-life of a person using the new functionality in Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will look like.  And then we’ll drill down into how you will want to plan for your rollout, handle the deployment, and the tools and options for managing the new platform.

HERE is the link for the U.S. events.  Register right away!  As you know from previous product launches, these tend to fill up rather quickly.

“Which ones of those events are you delivering, Kevin?”

I’m glad you asked!

The only full-day event I’m delivering will be in Minneapolis on May 27, 2010.

And I’ll be doing the following half-day (8:00am-12:00pm) “Best Of” launch events (click them to register):

Will I see you there?

“Are you guys giving away full copies of the new products at these events like you did in launches past?”

No.  We’re not.  Everyone will be getting good information, additional resources, and an evaluation copy of the products**.  But we aren’t able to give out free copies of the software to everyone.  That should get you well on the way to doing your own testing and evaluating of the products.

“But what if I don’t want a time-out evaluation version of the product to test on?”

Hint: Get a TechNet Subscription.  No time-outs.

**The exact form of this evaluation is still yet-to-be-determined.  We hope to have disks to hand out, but if we’re not able to do that in time for the events, then we’ll have a special link for you to go and download your evaluation from.