Office 2010 Beta 2 bits leak to the Web

Office 2010 Beta 2 bits leak to the Web

Summary: Microsoft has been having a tough time keeping its Office 2010 bits from leaking. On November 13, the Professional Plus version of the next version of Microsoft's productivity suite leaked again.

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Microsoft has been having a tough time keeping its Office 2010 bits from leaking.

On November 13, the Professional Plus version of the next version of Microsoft's productivity suite leaked again. The version that is making its way over the torrents is marked as Beta 2, according to the Neowin.net site, and is build number 14.0.4514.1009.

Microsoft officials have said they plan to release public beta builds of Office 2010 client, Office Web Apps and SharePoint Server 2010 in November. Many company watchers are expecting Microsoft to make those bits available next week, in conjunction with the company's Professional Developers Conference. (Microsoft also could share details about its Office Mobile 2010 at the PDC next week, as well, I hear.)

(I've asked Microsoft whether the leaked build is the actual Beta 2 build the company is planning to distribute this month. No word back so far.) A spokesperson said thes newly leaked bits are not the Beta 2 ones, and added "Microsoft has not released the official beta code and recommends that people do not download code from unauthorized sources.")

According to Neowin, the differences between the leaked Beta 2 build and the current Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of Office 2010 that Microsoft made available to select testers this summer aren't huge. The interface has been "refined" and the program icons updated, Neowin notes.

Testers with whom I've spoken are most interested in seeing the new features and changes that Microsoft plans to make available as part of the Office Web Apps with Beta 2. (The Office Web Apps Beta 2 bits are not part of what leaked this week.) The first test build of Office Web Apps was rough and didn't include OneNote Web App at all. Microsoft officials have said they'll have more to say about how and when Office Web Apps -- the Webified versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote -- will be able to be accessed via mobile phones around the time the company releases the public beta.

In other Office 2010 news from earlier this week, Microsoft has begun signing up testers for the free Office Starter 2010 release.

Update: Blogger Long Zheng has information on some of the changes Microsoft is making to the Office.com online portal, which is now in beta, that Microsoft also is likely to be showing off at the PDC next week.

Topics: Microsoft, Browser, Collaboration, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Professional Plus?

    Good luck home users - this is the KMS version last time I looked. In other words, corporate version requiring a Key Management Server to activate... weekly?
    Confused by religion
    • NO longer needed with Cloud infrastructure

      Look out Google (used Linux derived success) will
      conquer the MS Office with it solution for
      business.

      Companies will save THOUSANDS of dollars if not
      HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars.

      The bottom line is why do end users need a
      huge machine to open a document and send an
      email they don't...
      linux_kernel
      • because

        just occasionally, the end user needs to do a little more then read a .doc file and forward it along. Just sometimes. Here and there. You know - when there's real work to do - as opposed to the paper pushing everyone seems to assume MS Office is exclusively used for.


        "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
        gnesterenko
      • And if the cloud dissipates?

        Then what?


        "Anti-Cloud Computing"
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: Office 2010 Beta 2 bits leak to the Web

    Companies do not want to put all their data on the web. They want to have computers and control their own systems - which they will not get with Google's solution therefore your argument is misinformed.
    Djblois
    • More and more companies are proving you wrong

      And using the cloud for the basic business functions allows them to focus
      on the things that really make their business tick.
      Your point of view is becoming outdated REALLY fast
      thelivo
  • Finally...

    that nasty blue interface is going away!
    rjohn05
  • Why?

    Why has no one yet used the term "baroque"? Doesn't seem like an MS article at ZDNet without it...
    KTLA
  • RE: Office 2010 Beta 2 bits leak to the Web

    Great http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/317/1/b/Office_2010_Public_Beta_Web__by_spain08.png. :D
    spain08