The Washington state Employment Security Department announced that it is giving away all of Microsoft’s software training courses to anyone who is registered in the state career-development program.

The Microsoft classes are available to all WorkSource customers, and for all of Microsoft’s software, from Windows and Office to SQL Server and Windows Server.

This is the first time that Microsoft makes all of its tutorials available through an unemployment agency, and it is a one of-a-kind $350,000 contract, according to Jeff Johnson, the company’s North America academic lead for the Microsoft IT Academy program.

All courses can be accessed from any computer, which allows people to work from home, from the library or from a WorkSource center, and there are available in several languages, without any limit to the number of people that can join the program. More »

Microsoft plans to plug no less than 34 security holes in Windows, office and Internet Explorer come June 8th, 2010. The move is part of the company’s monthly patch cycle scheduled for release on patch-Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month.

There will be a total of 10 security bulletins as a part of the June update release, three of which carry the maximum severity rating of Critical, meaning that they are designed to patch vulnerabilities, which, in the eventuality of a successful exploit could allow attackers to perform remote code execution on a vulnerable system.

“Six of the bulletins affect Windows; of those, two carry a Critical severity rating and four are rated Important. Two bulletins, both with a severity rating of Important, affect Microsoft Office. One bulletin, again with a severity rating of Important, affects both Windows and Office. More »

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. More »

After speculation emerged earlier this week indicating that Microsoft had wrapped up the next generation of the Office System and was gearing up to announce hitting the RTM development milestone, the company confirmed officially that Office 2010 has been released to manufacturing. The Redmond company was reported to have signed off the successor of Office 2007 on April 12, 2010, although at that time it had yet to decide the specific Build for the RTM release. Microsoft only confirmed the RTM of Office 2010 on April 15th, 2010.

“I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010,” revealed Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president, Microsoft Office.

However, Microsoft is yet to offer a specific general availability deadline for the next iteration of Office. Numoto did nothing more than underline what the company has already been saying, that Office 2010 will be released to the public in June 2010. From what I’m hearing, the company is eyeing planning availability for mid-June, however, there’s no official confirmed date at this point in time. More »

The first fully-fledged Beta Build of Office 2010 is now available for download to subscribers of Microsoft’s developer and IT professional portals. The Redmond company managed to live up to its promise to offer Office 2010 Beta by the end of November 2009, with public availability of the bits expected any day now, possibly as soon as tomorrow, November 18th. At the time of this article the latest development milestone of the next iteration of the Office System was only up for grabs via MSDN and TechNet, with the website set up to offer public downloads continuing to note that the bits would be served “soon.”

Microsoft has so far dodged all questions related to the official deadline for the availability of Office 2010 public downloads. However, the software giant did indicate that the latest leaked Build of the productivity suite differed from the bits that the general public would be able to get their hands on. In mid-November, Office 2010 Beta Build 14.0.4514.1009 was leaked to the web, although the illegal release didn’t really start growing in popularity until the past week when it became clear that the official version was just around the corner. More »