Microsoft allowed millions of people to try their new Windows 7 operating system for free for almost a year to ensure popular support and gain maximum exposure. Now Microsoft is taking the same approach to both the Home & Student edition of Microsoft Office 2010 Beta and the full-featured Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Beta edition geared towards business users.
Microsoft is allowing users to fully use the Beta version of the above Office 2010 productivity packages to gain user feedback with the hope that you will opt to buy the full retail version when the Beta period expires in October of next year. That's over 10 months of free use! Having tried the product and listened to user reviews, don't be afraid to use this Beta, as it's been very stable and is a great option for people who would prefer to stick to a known Microsoft product rather than try to use open source alternatives like "OpenOffice.org" or "Google Docs". Plus, think of how far ahead of the learning curve you will be, compared to your peers, when Office 2010 officially launches in the Fall of 2010!
Microsoft Office Home & Business 2010 Beta is available at the following link:
While the Home & Business edition (which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook and OneNote) uses Microsoft's new Click-to-run streaming technology (we think it should be renamed Apps On-Demand) to launch the Office applications with a minimum of installation, if you have trouble or want the more traditional full installation then try Microsoft Office Professional 2010 Beta at the following link (it has all of the above Office Home+Business programs plus Publisher and Access):