The Cloud extension of the Office 2010 productivity suite is now available to in excess of a third of the world’s population according to Microsoft.

At the start of this week, Office Web Apps were expanded to 15 new markets in addition to the initial 11 where the Cloud variants of the main Office 2010 components had already been offered to customers.

Users with a valid Windows Live ID can start leveraging the new localized flavors of Office Web Apps which can be accessed either as a part of Windows Live SkyDrive or via Windows Live Hotmail.

Customers in China, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Turkey can now also put their online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents in the Cloud. More »

Microsoft Press is offering no less than nine free ebooks for download on a variety of topics, from the latest iterations of the Windows client and the Office productivity suite to the first Windows Phone OS and to the company’s developer platform.

At the bottom of this article users will be able to find the complete list with all the free resources offered by the Redmond along with the links necessary to download all the goodies.

Of course, those familiar with Microsoft Press know that this is not the first time that the software giant has shared ebooks with the public, free of charge.

The latest resources are packaged in no less than nine books designed to help customers make the best out of a range of Microsoft products and technologies. More »

Unlike non-subscription version of Office 2010, subscription flavors of the productivity suite require not only the initial activation, but also subsequent reactivations for the entire duration of the license.

Microsoft will be offering Office Professional Plus 2010 as a part of its Cloud productivity offering Office 365, and in tune with the service-based approach, the Office 2010 variant will only be available to customers as long as they pay the company a subscription.

“During the installation process, Office Professional Plus will automatically check the licensing and activate the product,” Microsoft informed.

“The license assigned to Office Professional Plus subscribers is valid for 30 days. The Office Subscription Agent evaluates the subscription once a month. If the subscription is still valid, the product is reactivated for another 30 days.” More »

Microsoft Office 2010 offers powerful new ways to deliver your best work at the office, at home, or at school. Designed to deliver the best productivity experience across the PC, phone, and browser, Office 2010 helps you capture your ideas more creatively, work more easily with others, and gives you the flexibility to get work done when and where you choose. 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 Office 2010 product 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. More »

Microsoft is gearing up to release patches for a record number of security vulnerabilities affecting a range of its products, including the latest iteration of Windows and Office.

The Redmond company will plug almost 50 security holes in Windows and Internet Explorer, as well as in the Office productivity suite and the .NET Framework.

The security bulletins will be released next week, on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 as a part of the software giant’s patch cycle.

“This month as part of our predictable security update process we are releasing 16 comprehensive bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities,” revealed Carlene Chmaj, Microsoft Security Response Senior Communications Manager. More »