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Free download of Microsoft Office 2010 beta now available to all Malaysians


Malaysians can now test drive the latest update to Microsoft Office, with the unveiling of the local Microsoft Office 2010 website.

The Office 2010 beta download program is an open invitation to anyone looking to test the product and provide feedback to Microsoft to help shape the final product. Malaysians just need to visit to find out more about the soon-to-be-launched product and download the free beta to try it out.

Over 2000 Malaysians have tried out the beta, and Microsoft is expecting 5000 trials prior to the launch.

Currently, the beta software available for free download includes: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace, Communicator, Visio 2010 and Project 2010.

"Office 2010 is full of new innovations that make using Office faster and easier than ever -- including Office Backstage View, Ribbon UI across all applications, photo and video editing in PowerPoint, fast new data comparison tools in Excel, and improved mail and calendar management in Outlook. Together with the new Click-to-Run technology, home users will also have a dramatically faster download experience," said Raveesh Gupta, Director of the Information Worker group at Microsoft Malaysia.

Office 2010 also continues with the usage of Open XML file formats from Office 2007, where it was first introduced. Users of Office versions before Office 2007 are able to open, edit and save Open XML files through the installation of a compatibility pack.

And together with the launch of, Microsoft will also be giving away one new, top-of-the-line HTC HD2 Windows Phone running on Windows Mobile 6.5, every month for the best Office 2010 beta user testimonials, along with other gadgets and gifts every week.

To stand a chance to win, users will only need to download Office 2010 beta, use it and then submit feedback on

"We´re thrilled to get these beta releases into the hands of customers and partners and we look forward to continued feedback from users that will help Microsoft Office maintain its position as the most widely-used productivity suite in the world," Gupta added.

Published Date : 01 March 2010  

Source : Microsoft press release

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