Public beta of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 next month

The public betas for Office 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, and SharePoint Server 2010 will arrive in November 2009.

The public betas for Office 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, and SharePoint Server 2010 are slated for this November, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today confirmed at the SharePoint Conference 2009. Given the name of the conference, Ballmer focused on revealing some of the new SharePoint 2010 capabilities for the first time, but also made sure to mention that SharePoint Server is one of the fastest-growing products in Microsoft’s history, with over $1.3 billion in revenue (a 20 percent growth over the past year).

Ballmer highlighted the following features and capabilities during his keynote:

  • A new ribbon user interface that makes end users more productive and customization of SharePoint sites easy
  • Deep Office integration through social tagging, backstage integration and document life-cycle management
  • Built-in support for rich media such as video, audio, and Silverlight, making it easy to build dynamic Web sites
  • New Web content management features with built-in accessibility through Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, multilingual support and one-click page layout, enabling anyone to access SharePoint Server sites
  • New SharePoint tools in Microsoft Visual Studio, giving developers a premier experience with the tools they know and trust
  • Business Connectivity Services, which allow developers to connect capabilities to line-of-business data or Web services in SharePoint Server and the Office client
  • Rich APIs and support for Silverlight, representational state transfer (REST) and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), to help developers build applications fast on the SharePoint Server platform
  • Enterprise features in SharePoint Online such as Excel Services and InfoPath Forms Services, which make it simple to use, share, secure and manage interactive forms across an organization
  • The addition of two new SharePoint SKUs for Internet-facing sites, including an on-premises and hosted offer

If any of that strikes your fancy, you’ll want to watch the following video (Silverlight required):

The most ambitious goal Microsoft is striving for with Office 2010 is making it available via a familiar experience across the PC, phone, and browser. Office 2010 is the first release of the productivity suite that will come in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors and on one DVD no less.