For those of you who might care — and I have to say until the release of Microsoft Office 2003 I really didn’t — the Microsoft Office 2007 applications are now in Beta 2 and available for public download and testing. I truly detested every version of Microsoft Word until 2003. Somehow they managed to get it (mostly) right. And with the introduction of a completely redesigned GUI for Office 12, aka Office 2007, Microsoft will have either got it bang on, or so off the mark that it will spell the end of Microsoft Office’s market dominance. Maybe.
There is an official way to get to the downloads, that involves logging in with your Passport account, but then where is the fun in that? Some kind fella has, instead, listed all the download URLs and product keys on Digg. A lot of people have confirmed that the product keys are ‘static’, meaning that everyone who registers gets the same key.
My top downloads
Here are the products that I’m most interested in:
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007 (451 MB)
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007 (287 MB)
Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 (200 MB)
Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 (226 MB)
Check them out before they expire. Broadband most definitely required … Oh! and before you do, back up your important data. I installed the public beta of Microsoft Expression Web Designer the other night and it completely wiped out my Junk Mail Filter in Outlook 2003!!
Remember: Beta software isn’t for the faint-hearted. It may contain nuts. Cash equivalent not available. The Registry’s decision will be final.