On Friday we finalized the code for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 in what we call RTM ("Release to Manufacturing"). Customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will be able to download the products in English via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. (Credit: Takeshi Numoto, CVP, Microsoft Office for this intro text as I stole it from his blog – please do read his full take)
Consider this statistic: since we released the public beta on Nov. 26th, ~53,000 copies have been downloaded a day! (Check my math – 7.5M downloads/141 days available = 53,191. I rounded down). That makes this beta the most successful ever.
Spring is definitely in the air here in Redmond. In just the last four weeks, we've been releasing (or previewing) software bits for components of the entire software stack:
- Azure AppFabric
- Silverlight 4
- Exchange 2010 SP1
- Office Communicator Server 14
- MS Online March Release ( and expanded countries)
- Visual Studio 2010
- System Center Essentials 2010
- Windows Intune
That's just for commercial customers. We also released the Kin, Bing posted its tenth consecutive month of growth. Phew, I am tired just typed all that!
NET: It's great to see each product group delivering such massive innovation to the market.