To the surprise of almost no one, a beta copy of Microsoft Office 2010 is already making the rounds via peer-to-peer torrent websites, according to Neowin.com.
Microsoft is expected to release the beta officially at next week’s Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles, having already pegged November as their target month and goosing rumors with a Twitter post about big Office news coming at the conference. Couple all that with the leaked beta already circulating, and it doesn’t take rocket science to make an accurate prediction about next week. The beta is the next extension to the technology preview Microsoft unveiled in July, which was also leaked early.
“We have not officially released the beta code of Office (2010),” a Microsoft representative commented. “We recommend that people do not download code from unauthorized sources.”
Adding fuel to the beta fire, the website Craving Tech has also posted several screenshots of what they claim to be the Office 2010 beta — and revealing their source to be none other than Microsoft themselves. Could “leaked” torrents be the new viral marketing or what?