Microsoft have announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, etc for business customers
worldwide. Along with the news,  Office Mobile 2010 will be available for free via Windows®
Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones with a previous
version of Office Mobile.

Microsoft have announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office
2010, SharePoint 2010, etc for business customers

Along with the news,  Office Mobile 2010 will be available
for free via Windows®
Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones with a previous
version of Office Mobile.

Good news for existing WinMo 6.5 users, despite Windows Phone 7 being the next gen platform coming soon.

So what are you waiting for ? Whip out your WinMo phone and do the necessary update now.

Official Press Release As Below

NEW YORK — May 12, 2010 — Today,
Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft
Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, as well as Microsoft Visio
2010 and Microsoft Project 2010, for business customers worldwide. More
than 90 million businesses can now deploy the 2010 suite of products,
and customers can expect to see significant productivity gains and
greater return on their software investments.

2010 and SharePoint 2010 define the future of productivity,” said
Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. “With the 2010 set
of products, organizations will save, innovate and grow as their people
benefit from working across the PC, phone and browser.”

A commissioned study conducted by Forrester
Consulting, “The Total Economic Impact™ of Implementing Microsoft’s
Integrated Office Productivity Platform,” May 2010,1
evaluated the 2010 releases of Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Office
Communications Server 2007 R2. The Forrester TEI model employs four
fundamental elements including costs, benefits to the entire
organization, flexibility and risk. Based on the customer interviews,
Forrester constructed a TEI framework for a composite organization and
found the ROI to be 301 percent with a payback period of 7.4 months
after deployment. The study also found that the composite organization
would see more than $13 million in savings over a three-year period and
on average, a savings of more than two work weeks per year.

Microsoft’s Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 beta
programs were the largest ever, with three times the number of
participants compared with the Office 2007 beta program. As a result,
8.6 million people are already using Office 2010 and related products.
In addition, more than 1,000 partners are already building solutions for
the 2010 set of products.

“We evaluated a
number of competitive options in our recent technology assessment, and
chose Microsoft Office 2010 as our new desktop productivity standard,”
said Mark Mastrianni, manager, global technology licensing and
acquisition for GE. “This platform will continue to position GE on the
leading edge of technology and provide a clear road map that supports
our business priorities in the coming years. Office 2010’s familiar,
easy-to-use interface — coupled with its new tools that will enable
better collaboration and drive improved efficiency and productivity for
our employees and customers — made this selection the right decision for
our company.”

Productivity Solutions
Across the PC, Phone and Browser

a familiar productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser,2 Office 2010 and related products deliver new capabilities to help

Connect and collaborate with
co-authoring in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft
OneNote; advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in
Microsoft Outlook; and the addition of the new Microsoft Outlook Social
Connector, which brings communication history and social network feeds
directly into Outlook.

virtually anywhere
with Microsoft Office Web Apps, the online
companions to Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and OneNote. Along with
easy access to documents from virtually anywhere, Web Apps help preserve
the look and feel of a document regardless of device, so content and
format are generally preserved while moving between the PC, phone and
browser. Effective today, Office Mobile 2010 will be available for free
via Windows® Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5
phones with a previous version of Office Mobile. People using Office
Mobile 2010 can perform lightweight editing of Office documents and take
notes on the go. With Office Mobile, people can work with Office
documents stored on their phone, attached to an e-mail, and can browse,
edit, and update documents stored on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site.
SharePoint intranet sites and communities also help people collaborate,
regardless of location.

bring ideas to life
with video, text and image editing, new
broadcast capabilities in PowerPoint, auto-previewing in Word, easy
document preparation through the new Microsoft Office Backstage view,
and new Sparklines in Excel for precise trend and data visualization.

Quickly access data to make real-time
using the business intelligence capabilities in
familiar Office applications that transform everyday work data into
valuable information.

Flexible Cloud Solutions

Microsoft’s signature productivity technologies are
available in the cloud, 3 offering unprecedented choice and
flexibility for IT departments when purchasing and deploying solutions.

Office Web Apps will now be available to all Office
volume licensing customers. In addition, customers will be able to
purchase a subscription to Office Web Apps as part of Microsoft Online
Services, Microsoft’s cloud-based applications.

With more than 40 million paying customers on
Microsoft Online Services, businesses are embracing Microsoft’s vision
for the cloud. New customers including Kraft Foods, Novartis
International and Codelco, the largest mining company in the world, are
choosing Microsoft Online Services for its ability to delight end users
while delivering enterprise-grade capabilities, security and

“We chose Microsoft Online
Services for our collaboration applications in the cloud for our 100,000
employees around the world,” said Leon V. Schumacher, Group CIO of
Novartis. “It will enable our large research and development population
to better collaborate to innovate. We can trust Microsoft to provide the
enterprise capabilities our company requires to further improve
personal productivity and collaboration among our associates so we can
focus on our core mission — improving the lives of patients worldwide.”

Developer and Partner Opportunities

SharePoint 2010 delivers the business collaboration
platform for the enterprise and Internet, enabling developers to
rapidly respond to business needs with custom applications and

SharePoint 2010 delivers on the
promise of flexible deployment options: Use Sandboxed Solutions to limit
code central processing unit time, Microsoft SQL Server execution time,
and exception handling. Plus, use these same technologies to deploy
custom code to SharePoint Online.

design integration with Visual Studio 2010, developers can use familiar
application development tools to create, package and debug SharePoint
solutions. It also includes rich application programming interfaces and
support for Open XML, Microsoft Silverlight, Representational State
Transfer (REST) and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), which help
developers build applications quickly. Developers can also build
applications that connect to line-of-business data, use custom
workflows, and provide business intelligence data and dashboards to an
entire organization.

The SharePoint
integration services opportunity for Microsoft partners and developers
today is $5.6 billion and is expected to grow to $6.7 billion in 2011,
according to Microsoft data.


Available today in 14 languages,
over the course of the next few months, Office 2010 and related products
will eventually be available in 94 languages.

global launch website for the 2010 suite of products was built on Microsoft SharePoint 2010,
reaching more than 60 countries and 26 languages worldwide. The site
includes a rich set of content that will help customers choose and
benefit from the 2010 products, which are available for business
purchase now.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft
(Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and
solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

1 “The Total Economic Impact ™ of
Implementing Microsoft’s Integrated Productivity Platform” is a
commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of
Microsoft in May 2010. The study evaluated Office 2010, SharePoint 2010,
Exchange 2010 and Office Communications Server 2007 R2. Based on
interviews with early adopter customers, Forrester constructed a TEI
framework for a composite organization and the associated ROI analysis
illustrating the financial impact areas.

2 An appropriate device, Internet connection and supported browser are
required. Some mobile functionality requires Office Mobile 2010, which
is not included in Office 2010 applications, suites or Web Apps. There
are some differences between the features of the Office Web Apps, Office
Mobile 2010 and the Office 2010 applications.

3 Cloud services may have different features than installed software.