Giz is reporting that Microsoft is ready to move the next iteration of their Office suite into pseudo-private beta testing. The cool thing about this announcement is the availability of lightweight web app versions of Word, Powerpoint and Excel that will allow users to edit and collaborate from netbooks or even smart phones. What will this mean for Sharepoint or even bigger, Google Docs? Regardless, this is a big win for mobile users.
Office 2010 and related products will deliver innovative capabilities and provide new levels of flexibility and choice that will help people:
- Work anywhere with Office Web applications—the lightweight, Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote-that provide access to documents from anywhere and preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device.
- Better Collaborate with co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint and OneNote, and advanced email management and calendaring capabilities in Outlook, including the option to “ignore” unwanted threads.
- Bring ideas to life with video and picture editing, broadcast capability in PowerPoint, easy document preparation through the new Microsoft Office Backstage view, and new Sparklines in Excel to visualize data and spot trends more quickly;