The RTM version of Office 2010 (Build 14.0.4760.1000) is now available for download straight from Microsoft. Today, June 15th, 2010 marks the General Availability (GA) deadline for the latest iteration of the Redmond company’s productivity suite. This means that users can now purchase Office 2010 RTM via retail outlets both online and “offline.” At the same time, customers can download free copies of Office 2010 RTM from the software giant, and test-drive the productivity suite ahead of deciding to actually buy the product.
There are no less than three trial downloads of just as many Office 2010 SKUs. The editions that are offered for testing include: Office Home and Business 2010, Office Home and Student 2010 and Office Professional 2010. The differences between SKUs are marked by the amount of components they contain.
Office Home and Student 2010, for example, brings to the table Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and OneNote 2010, and costs $149.95. Seeing that the remaining Office 2010 editions are superseding each other, they contain all the components of the previous suite, plus a few more. Office Home and Business 2010 comes with a price tag of $279.95, and features all the components of Office Home and Student and Outlook 2010 in addition to them. For $499.95, customers can get their hands on Office Professional 2010, which sports all the Office Home and Business 2010 components including Outlook, but also Access 2010 and publisher.
Office 2010 was released to manufacturing a couple of months back, in April 2010, and offered to business users in the first half of May. As of today, June 15th, Office 2010 has also hit the store shelves, with all the editions mentioned above being available for download as trial releases. Users will be able to run the trial releases of Office 2010 for free for a total of 60 days before they expire.
“Microsoft Office 2010 offers flexible and powerful new ways to deliver your best work—at the office, at home, or at school. Create standout reports and presentations with tools that help you capture your ideas more creatively. Stay connected to your projects, even when you’re away from your computer, with access to Office files via Web browser or Windows phone. Work efficiently with others by sharing, editing, and reviewing files at the same time—even across geographies and time zones. With Office 2010, you’re in control, getting things done and producing amazing results however and wherever you work best,” Microsoft revealed.