Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Office 2010

Seems to me that the big thing that Microsoft has learnt from Vista is that it needs to spend more time marketing its products in a creative way (e.g. like Apple). A new version of Office is due soon, known as Office 2010, and includes a refresh of all the standard Office applications and a new version of SharePoint (v4.0).


According to this blog post they plan to make a technical preview available to those who sign up. To do so go to where you’ll also see some of the new marketing Microsoft is producing around the release. Given that Office is one of their largest cash cows it makes sense. Anyway, watch the ‘movie preview’ and sign up for a chance to get on the technical preview.


Speaking of SharePoint 2010 Microsoft has also released some preliminary info about the requirements to run. You can these at the following blog post but the major points include:


  • SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005.


    So if you are about to build a SharePoint server make sure you do it all on a 64 bit platform so you can upgrade when the time comes.