Office, Visio, Project and SharePoint 2010 Reach RTM!

image Jeff Teper, Corporate VP for SharePoint Server at Microsoft announced a short while ago that SharePoint, Office, Visio, and Project 2010 have finally reached RTM status at the Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog here – 

Straight from the blog itself comes these wonderful words we have all been waiting to hear for a long time now…

“Today we reached an exciting engineering milestone- the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!

RTM is the final engineering milestone and a major achievement for all of the internal teams who worked so hard to get to this point. As tirelessly as our engineering teams worked, we would never have reached this milestone without incredibly active participation from our customers and partners. More than 5,000 organizations and partners have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing of the products, and the feedback that we’ve received from all these programs has shaped a fantastic set of products that I’m sure our customers will love.

Our Volume License customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will be one of the first to receive the 2010 set of products. They will be able to download the product in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. Other languages will be available on a rolling timeline. Customers without SA will be able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft partners starting May 1.

Earlier this year we announced that we will officially launch SharePoint 2010 to our business customers on May 12 with a virtual launch. Our virtual launch will allow people from around the globe to participate in our launch by going to Stephen Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division, will deliver a keynote as part of the virtual launch, and the virtual launch site will showcase product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives, and we hope this will give you another great way to explore, learn, and get excited about the 2010 releases.

On behalf of the SharePoint team, I want to thank all of the customers and partners who have helped us reach this milestone. We look forward to continue learning from you and all the great things you will do with our products!

-Jeff Teper

Corporate Vice President, SharePoint Server, Microsoft”


BASPUG_whitebgIf you also do not know, on the same date as the 2010 Virtual Launch Event, and happen to be in the Boston area, we are launching the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group (BASPUG) with Chris Bortlik, a SharePoint Technology Specialist at Microsoft, who will present “Introducing SharePoint 2010”. For more information and to register, please visit We hope to see you there!



About Geoff Varosky
Geoff Varosky is a Senior Architect for Insight, based out of Watertown, MA. He has been architecting and developing web based applications his entire career, and has been working with SharePoint for the past 15 years. Geoff is an active member of the SharePoint community, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group, co-founder for the Boston Office 365 Users Group, co-organizer for SharePoint Saturday Boston and speaks regularly at SharePoint events and user groups.

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