Yes, Microsoft officials have been saying Office 2010, the next version of the company’s desktop productivity suite, will be available by June 2010. But you know those under-promise/over-deliver-focused Office guys always like to beat their own deadlines. I’m expecting they’ll do it again this time around … and by more than a few months.
Microsoft is confirming this week that it has provided its Technology Adoption Program (TAP) members with the near-final Release Candidate of Office 2010
. The company isn’t planning to provide any more public test releases of Office 2010, however. A spokesperson sent the following update:
“Microsoft made a release candidate available to members in the technology adoption program (TAP). This is one of Microsoft’s planned milestones in the engineering process; however they do not have plans to make this new code set available broadly.”