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Office 2010 Beta available now! Vol 11-22 | November 2009
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Office 2010 beta is here!  Just as things cool off with the recent release of Windows 7 the Office team has stepped up and released the latest version of Office to a public beta.  From Access to Outlook, SharePoint to Visio the suite is undergoing some changes.  The new client applications are full of new features and productivity enhancements and the online version wowed the crowd at PDC 2009.  Oh and for those of you running 64bit Windows there is now a 64bit version of Office to go with that!

On the server side both SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010 have also undergone some upgrades too.  So what are you waiting for, download the betas today and let me know what you think!

Look out for EnergizeIT activities in the new year to further support the Office 2010 product launch.

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