Microsoft last week announced that Office 2010 hit RTM status and that the new software product would be released for public consumption, but had yet to set a release date, though the company has stated it will be sometime in June, 2010 As a TechNet subscriber I had wondered when we subscribers would get a first crack at the new software. Well it seems that MSDN and TechNet subscribers will get the latest Office on April 22nd, 2010.
According to a recent news article it also states that:
People who have installed the Office 2010 beta — Microsoft said more than 7.5 million copies have been downloaded since last November — can continue to use it until October 31, 2010, when the preview expires and stops working.
The move to let MSDN and TechNet subscribers get first crack at Office 2010 is in stark contrast to the situation two years ago, when Microsoft announced that those users would not get an early look at Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). The company later changed its mind after subscribers complained that leaked copies had already been posted to the Internet. MSDN and TechNet subscribers also ripped Microsoft in April 2008 over plans to issue Windows XP SP3 to them at the same time the upgrade would be available to the general public.
However, Microsoft offered Windows 7 RTM first to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, posting the new operating system on the services two days before volume license customers with Software Assurance were able to download it.
I am pleased in the decision that Microsoft is making in allowing those subscribers with MSDN and TechNet subscriptions to be allowed to have first crack at the new software. Once I get the software installed, I will be doing a review of what is new and what is not so new in the release. Having used the beta of 2010, I believe that this could be the best version yet.