Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Expires October 31st

It’s almost been a year since we covered the release of Microsoft Office 2010 Beta.  In the time since the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta was released, over 9 million people have downloaded and installed the beta version.  But since all good things must come to an end, the free Office 2010 beta will soon expire.

In a release from Microsoft, they say:

Dear Microsoft Office user:

Your Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is ending on October 31. The applications you’ve been using, including Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010 and PowerPoint 2010, will become read-only viewers and the features you’ve been using will no longer work. Before this happens, we recommend you move up to the finished version of Office 2010.

Since having a read-only version of Office doesn’t make for the highest productivity levels, now is the time to purchase the full version of Office 2010.  As with previous versions of Office, Microsoft has a couple of different Office suites to select from.  Be sure to choose the right one for your needs.

    

Some changes available in Office 2010 include improvements to PowerPoint, Excel, and document co-authoring.  Here’s a quick video on some of the new features available in Microsoft Office 2010.

If you’re still not sure about purchasing a full version of Microsoft Office 2010, it is still possible to download and install a fully functional 60 day trial version of each Office 2010 suite.

What has been your experience with the Office 2010 beta and do you plan on purchasing the full version?  Let us know by commenting below!