SharePoint 2010 reaches RTM!

Today we reached an exciting engineering milestone- the
release-to-manufacturing (RTM) for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and
Project 2010!

RTM is the final engineering milestone and a major achievement for all of the
internal teams who worked so hard to get to this point. As tirelessly as our
engineering teams worked, we would never have reached this milestone without
incredibly active participation from our customers and partners. More than 5,000
organizations and partners have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing
of the products, and the feedback that we’ve received from all these programs
has shaped a fantastic set of products that I’m sure our customers will

Our Volume License customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these
products will be one of the first to receive the 2010 set of products. They will
be able to download the product in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian,
and Dutch via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. Other
languages will be available on a rolling timeline. Customers without SA will be
able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft
partners starting May 1.

Earlier this year we announced that we will officially launch SharePoint 2010
to our business customers on May 12 with a virtual launch. Our virtual launch
will allow people from around the globe to participate in our launch by going to Stephen
Elop, President of Microsoft’s Business Division, will deliver a keynote as part
of the virtual launch, and the virtual launch site will showcase product demos,
customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and
executives, and we hope this will give you another great way to explore, learn,
and get excited about the 2010 releases.

On behalf of the SharePoint team, I want to thank all of the customers and
partners who have helped us reach this milestone. We look forward to continue
learning from you and all the great things you will do with our products!

-Jeff Teper

Corporate Vice President, SharePoint Server, Microsoft