Office 2010 beta is now available

If spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations get you all hot and bothered, then you might be happy to know that Microsoft has released a public beta of its upcoming Office 2010 productivity suite. You can grab the beta right now from the official download page; just click "Get It Now" and sign in with your Windows Live ID.

The download page generates a serial number and offers both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the pre-release software. File sizes are 684MB and 750MB, respectively. Those might seem like big downloads, but the Office 2010 beta does include Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace, and Communicator. Yeah, that'll keep testers busy.

Office 2010 should work happily with Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and, of course, Windows 7. Microsoft recommends that folks who already have a previous version of Office uninstall it before trying out the beta, though, and it advises against installing the software on anything other than a test system. Of course, such warnings have rarely stopped eager enthusiasts.

According to CNet News, Microsoft still intends to release the completed version of Office 2010 early next year.

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