Here’s a great way to quickly get ready to try or demo Sharepoint and Office 2010.
Download the VPC: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0c51819b-3d40-435c-a103-a5481fe0a0d2&displaylang=en
Then install the training kits:
http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/SharePoint2010Developer/ and http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/Office2010/
And you’re ready to demo and roll!
I do not have a laptop with W2008 R2 on it. So I guess I stick with VMWare Workstation :-)