Posted by: kurtsh | November 24, 2009

BETA: “Wave 14” – Office, Sharepoint & Forefront 2010 Beta’s release

image This year at PDC we announced the release of the Office 2010 Beta to the public as part of our Wave 14 launch.  This release was created based on your feedback, plus a year’s worth of validation and testing and the results are amazing!  Office 2010 offers an exceptional productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser.  The beta offers tons of new features such as Office Backstage View, Ribbon user interface across all applications,  photo and video editing in PowerPoint, fast new data comparison tools in Excel, improved mail/calendar management in Outlook and much more!  For your convenience I’ve put together a list of the Wave 14 line up along with a few highlights for each product, a list of extras and demos.  Please take a moment to experience what is undoubtedly our best release ever!

Wave 14 Lineup

Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta

  • Take control of your e-mail and calendar with conversation management tools, mail tips, calendar preview and more in Outlook 2010.
  • Track changes to shared notebooks in OneNote 2010.
  • Discover more features with the Backstage View and the Office ribbon, now featured in ALL Office applications.
  • Add the “wow” factor to your presentations by easily editing and compressing videos and photos in PowerPoint 2010, then showing the world with Broadcast Slide Show.
  • Make fast, effective comparisons of data using Excel 2010’s new conditional formatting, including sparklines, and find the pivot table information you need more easily with slicers.

SharePoint Server Enterprise 2010 Beta

  • Sites – Provides a portal for collaboration over the internet, extranet and internet sites
  • Search – Find content, information and people using this best of breed search technology
  • Communities – Allows group collaboration so that you team can share knowledge, ideas  by connecting with others.
  • Insights – Enables users to access and interact with information across unstructured and structured data sources.
  • Content – Allows users to participate  in a governed, compliant content management lifecycle
  • Composites -empowers users to rapidly respond to business needs by creating their own no-code solutions on-premises or in the cloud, through a rich set of building blocks, tools, and self-service capabilities.

Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Beta

  • Provides powerful high-end search delivered through SharePoint
  • Includes all the search features and integration capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010, plus a more engaging and conversational search experience
  • Use of context to provide specific search experiences for different needs (such as departments or geographies)
  • Offers advanced content processing capabilities that create metadata and add structure to unstructured content, and deep platform flexibility, scalability, and extensibility

Microsoft Visio 2010 Beta

  • Data-driven visualization tools and templates
  • Powerful process-management features
  • Advanced sharing capabilities through the Web
  • Pulls real-time data from multiple sources, including Microsoft Excel 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server
  • Manage processes with sub processes and rules and logic validation
  • Create SharePoint workflows and export them for execution and real-time monitoring

Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 Release Candidate

Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server

  • Provides fast and effective protection against malware and spam by including multiple scanning engines from industry-leading security partners.

Forefront Online Protection for Exchange 9.3

  • Forefront Online Protection for Exchange consists of layered technologies to actively help protect businesses’ inbound and outbound e-mail from spam, viruses, phishing scams, and e-mail policy violations.


Office Web Apps

  • Designed for business customers, available through SharePoint Server, allows //my and //sharepoint sites to host browser-based Web Apps accessible from virtually anywhere. (Office Web Apps for consumers is still in Technical Preview.)

Outlook Social Connector

  • This new feature brings communications history and social networking feeds into the Outlook experience.

Office Mobile 2010

  • Offers mobile versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace Mobile 2010 and is available on the Windows Mobile marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. (Mobile 6.5 download information)

Wave 14 Demos

Wave 14 is a comprehensive solution that provides a rich and robust platform for the enterprise and web.  This release ensures that your organization can collaborate more effectively by optimizing resources in a way that drives business process improvements.  Now is the opportunity to see Office 2010 for yourself!  You’ll need to register for the beta first and then will be able to download Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta.


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