Torrent leaks and web site tests suggest Microsoft is gearing up for two major launches.
Time differences mean we may not get confirmation until tonight, but it appears Microsoft is indeed gearing up to launch Windows 7 RTM and a public beta of Office 2010 today.
The former had been rumoured last week but now it appears version ‘7600’ has been leaked to torrents which tends to be a pretty solid indicator that the software is in the offing. Quite what the RTM can bring which hasn’t been ably demonstrated by the impressive Windows 7 Release Candidate remains to be seen. No details on licence expiry are known at this stage either or whether it will be as generous as the RC’s full year.
Secondly the equally gossiped upon Office Web will also apparently see the light of day at some point in the next 24 hours. Office Web will be part of the Office 2010 productivity suite and the first to go natively 64bit. Look out Google Docs and Acrobat.com
What gives us the inclination about this one? Oh just Microsoft setting the Office 2010 site live yesterday before pulling it rather quickly. Good old Google cache (which is where the grab comes from). We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled… (painful as that sounds).
”’Update:”’ No sooner do I post than Microsoft has confirmed the Office 2010 technical preview.
“Office 2010 is the premier productivity solution across PCs, mobile phones and browsers,” said Microsoft Business Division Senior VP Chris Capossela. “From broadcast and video editing in PowerPoint, new data visualization capabilities in Excel, and co-authoring in Word, we are delivering technology to help people work smarter and faster from virtually any location using any device.”
All Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference attendees will receive invitations to participate in the Technical Preview programme – or just go to the torrents. As for a retail launch, that won’t take place until the first half of 2010.