Microsoft plans to ship Office in the first half of 2010. The company announced the shipment today as part of the launch of an Exchange beta.
Office, and Office spinoffs like Sharepoint Server, Visio, Project, will enter a technical preview in the third quarter of this year and ship next year. We can expect the products to be available both as software that lives locally on your computer and servers as well as an online service that’s hosted by Microsoft, also known as cloud-based service.
As for the latest incarnation of Exchange, it will include a feature called MailTips to warn you against e-mailing the details about the weekend bachelor party to your entire company’s distribution list.
Go here to download a public beta of Exchange 2010.