Earlier this week, the first details of Office 2010 RTM Escrow made their way out of Redmond and into the wild. At that time, the information available was limited to a Build number and a few pieces of information related to the testers that had actually gotten the bits. A couple of days later, Russian website Wzor leaked screenshots of Office 2010 RTM Escrow Build 14.0.4734.1000. Users will be able to get a taste of what the almost final development milestone of the next iteration of the Office System will bring to the table.
Microsoft released a Technical Preview of Office 2010 in mid-2009, and subsequently opened access to the general public in November, when it released the first Beta development milestone of the productivity suite. Office 2010 Beta Build 14.0.4536.1000 continues to be available for download even at this point in time, with Microsoft offering product keys to activate and use the product until October 2010.
At the same time, the Redmond company is pushing onward with the development process. The RTM Escrow phase is the last stage before Office 2010 will be released to manufacturing. In fact, the Escrow label means that development has come to a halt, and that both developers and testers are hunting down for any remaining issues (blockers) which could prevent the productivity suite from being released to manufacturing, including regression bugs.
The Redmond company has, of course, offered no confirmation of the fact that Office 2010 advanced to RTM Escrow. According to third-party sources, Office 2010 will be RTM’d in April 2010, but when I asked Microsoft about the RTM deadline a representative for company refused to comment. However, a Microsoft spokesperson did confirm that Office 2010 will be made available to the general public in June 2010.
Office 2010 Beta 14.0.4536.1000 is available for download here.