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November 18, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Microsoft PDC09: Office 2010 beta is out, plus a preview of Office Web Apps

LOS ANGELES — If you want to try out Office 2010, the beta is now available by download for anyone. You can get it here. Office Web Apps, Microsoft’s online competitor to Google, will also be available for anyone to preview who downloads the 2010 beta.

Office Mobile 2010 is also available in beta, which you can get by going to the Marketplace for Mobile if you have a Windows phone.

An interesting new feature for Office is a Social Connector to Outlook that can pull in status updates from social networks. LinkedIn was the partner announced today, which will connect early next year. No word on Facebook or Twitter.

Also, for you IT administrators out there, betas are also available for Sharepoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010. Office Web Apps on-premise is also available to beta test if a company wants to install it on its own servers.

The final version is supposed to be available in, not surprisingly, 2010.

“People may have historically thought of Office as desktop or PC thing,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of marketing for Office. “With 2010 we are really focused on giving that productivity experience across the PC and browser.”

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