Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce the next wave of Microsoft Office and related products. Designed to deliver a unified experience across the PC, phone and browser, this wave includes Microsoft Exchange 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010.

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.

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

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.

Through 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.

Office and SharePoint are available to MSDN subscribers today.

You can get 60-day trial versions for developers of Office, SharePoint, Project, and Visio are available at Try It (http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/businessproductivity/products/pages/try-it.aspx#fbid=oi8iiHUjzA3)

Developers can get started the Office Development Center on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/default.aspx)

And SharePoint Development Center on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/default.aspx )

See the virtual launch event online at http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/2010launch/en-us/Pages/home.aspx

John Wiese
ISV Architect Evangelist
Microsoft Corporation

john.wiese@microsoft.com
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