logo_microsoft_office2010 Many ISVs use Office as the platform for building front ends for data entry, integration with documents, and using a user interface that is familiar to users.

If you are interested in following up on the announcements of the new features of Office 2010, the place to check out is the various Office 2010 blogs. The Office team has assembled a list of key blogs that are of interest:

Blog URL
Access http://blogs.msdn.com/access/
Excel http://blogs.msdn.com/excel/
Global Experience http://blogs.technet.com/office_global_experience/
InfoPath http://blogs.msdn.com/infopath/default.aspx
Interoperability http://blogs.msdn.com/dmahugh/
Natural Language http://blogs.msdn.com/naturallanguage/default.aspx
Office 2010 Engineering http://blogs.technet.com/office2010/
OneNote http://blogs.msdn.com/david_rasmussen/default.aspx
OpenXML/Office Extensibility http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/
Outlook http://blogs.msdn.com/outlook/
PowerPoint http://blogs.msdn.com/powerpoint/
Project http://blogs.msdn.com/project/
Publisher http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_publisher/
SharePoint Designer http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepointdesigner/default.aspx
SharePoint Workspace http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint_workspace_development_team/
Sustained Engineering http://blogs.technet.com/office_sustained_engineering/
Visio http://blogs.msdn.com/visio/
Visual Studio Tools for Office http://blogs.msdn.com/vsto
Web Companions http://blogs.msdn.com/officewebapps/default.aspx
Word http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/

To sign up for the Office 2010 Preview, get the Backstage pass from Office 2010 The Movie. The link is in the lower right corner.

Microsoft also is preparing partners for the release of Office 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 through a number of new and refreshed readiness tools and training programs. These include the Ignite program for SharePoint, Office and Exchange; Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization (BPIO) University; Masters and Architect Certification for SharePoint; new Partner Business Productivity Online Services features and distributor model; and Exchange 2010 Readiness Webcast Series and Demo Showcase. More information on these programs can be found at http://partner.microsoft.com/businessproductivity