The public beta for Microsoft Office 2010 must be very near because Microsoft has put up the download pages for the betas on the new Office portal. From the information on the download page, it seems that Office 2010 Beta will be available in 3 SKUs, first being Office Home and Business 2010 beta, while the second one will be the Office Professional 2010 beta and the third will be the Office Professional Plus 2010 beta available for volume licensing only. Office Starter 2010 beta isn’t available as a choice for download.
The download links aren’t active yet, but will be made available soon according to the message on the pages. We might have to wait for PDC09 as expected for the downloads to be made available or maybe the betas will be arriving earlier than we thought.
I’ll update this post as soon as the download betas links go up. Meanwhile, here are the system requirements for those who want to try the beta:
500 megahertz (MHz) processor or higher
256 megabyte (MB) RAM or higher
1.5 GB; a portion of the disk space will be freed after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard drive.
CD-ROM or DVD drive
1024×768 or higher resolution monitor
Windows XP with Service Pack (SP) 3 (32-bit), Windows Vista with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Terminal Server and Windows on Windows (WOW) (which allows installing 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems) are supported.
You don’t need to replace hardware that is capable of running Office 2007; it will support Office 2010.
Use of graphics hardware acceleration requires DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 64 MB or higher video memory. Requirements and product functionality can vary based on the system configuration and operating system.