Microsoft is undoubtedly making headway with Office 2010’s development process, although the company is not exactly trumpeting its progress to the public.
In fact, the software giant is keeping details on the evolution of Office 2010 under a tight lid, although it managed to unveil additional aspects of the new product such as pricing information. Still, a new leak of Office 2010 manages to do what Microsoft isn’t, namely offers confirmation that the next iteration of the productivity suite is indeed moving along toward RTM.
The Release to Manufacturing milestone mentioned in the End User
License Agreement accompanying Office 2010 Build 14.0.4730.1007 continues to be without a definitive deadline. While it is highly unlikely that the Redmond company hasn’t this far along in the product’s development process settled on an RTM date, the public is yet to receive any sort of official details.
Microsoft’s silence continued even after the leak of Office 2010 Build 14.0.4730.1007, which is currently available for download via all major BitTorrent trackers and warez websites, for those that know where to look. Softpedia will of course not provide a link to any illegal third-party sources offering Office 2010 bits. At the same time, users should be aware of the risks associated with downloading leaked or otherwise pirated software from untrusted sources, including identity theft, malware infections and financial loss via stolen credit-card data.
Office 2010 Build 14.0.4536.1000 public Beta was released at the Professional Developers Conference 2009 in Los Angeles. Build 14.0.4730.1007, the recently leaked bits of Office 2007’s successor, is superseding the public Beta, and has most probably been shipped to a small pool of testers close to Microsoft, in addition to being dogfooded (tested internally). When it comes down to the public Beta of Office 2010, early adopters can test-drive Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010 and Office Web, and the same is valid for leaked Build 14.0.4730.1007, with the exception of Office Web.
Users will be able to have a closer look at Office 2010 Build 14.0.4730.1007 via the screenshots included in this article. Fact is that the evolution from 14.0.4536.1000 is not extremely consistent. Sure, the EULA now references RTM, indicating that Build 14.0.4730.1007 might be part of the Office 2010 RTM branch, but there’s no confirmation that this will actually be the fully fledged RTM.