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Microsoft Office 2010, SilverLight 4 available in beta

From Microsoft comes Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and SilverLight 4, all in beta, plus another new product in development.

The beta versions of Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Project 2010, Visio 2010, Office Web Apps for businesses and Office Mobile 2010 can be downloaded immediately.

Many of the new features for these products were showcased at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference 2009 (PDC09) on Wednesday, where beta versions were launched.

One new feature in Office 2010 is Outlook Social Connector, which combines communications history, business collaboration and social network feeds directly into Outlook, with support for Windows Live and SharePoint Server.

Microsoft also announced availability of SilverLight 4 beta. SilverLight 3 was released four months ago and was the third release in 22 months. The new version has a number of new features for developers.

Another new product named Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP will give IT pros and partners a way to create software based on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and SAP. It is due out in the second half of 2010.

Let us know what you think about the story; email Bridget Botelho, News Writer

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