I've received several requests from customers and partners who want the Beta of Office "12". The Technical Beta was released at the end of 2005. The next release of the Beta, which is open to a much larger set of customers and partners, is scheduled for Spring. For more information on the Beta program, check out http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/default.mspx. Continue visiting that website... as it gets closer to Beta, it will have information on how to register.