Microsoft released Office 2010 to manufacturing on April 15th, and is already allowing MSDN and TechNet subscribers to grab the RTM bits. At the same time, the Redmond company made available for download an extensive collection of resources, designed to help customers get an insight into all the components of the productivity suite.

The Office 2010 product guides are currently available at no charge via the Microsoft Download Center. According to Microsoft, the guides “provide an overview of what’s new in your favorite Microsoft Office programs and a deeper look at benefits across all Office 2010 programs, as well as Office Web Apps and Office Mobile 2010.”

There are no less than 12 guides available for download in both .PDF and .XPS formats, focusing on such Office 2010 components as Access, Excel, InfoPath, Office Mobile, Office Web Apps, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint, Word and also the entire suite. MSDN and TechNet subscribers can already download the RTM development milestone of Office 2010, and turn to the guides in order to get additional information on the product.

“Whether you are a Microsoft Office user or you’re evaluating Office 2010 for your business, the product guides are a great place to start. Explore the Office 2010 product guides for an overview of what’s new and improved in your favorite Microsoft Office programs or for a deeper look at benefits across all Office 2010 programs.

Each guide provides an at-a-glance overview, a closer look at many new and improved features, and instructions to help you find the features you want quickly and easily. You’ll also find additional information and resources in some of the guides for power users, IT pros, and developers,” the Redmond company stated.

Office 2010 General Availability is slated for June 2010, although the software giant has yet to provide a specific deadline. Ahead of hitting store shelves, the successor of Office 2007 will be offered to the company’s Volume Licensed customers with Software Assurance on April 27, and to business users in May.

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