Microsoft has released the first beta of Office 2010 SP1.
Testers are now able to download beta build 14.0.6011.1000 from Microsoft’s Connect beta testing portal. The Service pack is expected to contain a roll-up of the usual bug fixes and security patches but no extra features. The SP1 beta download is 294MB.
In an email to Office 2010 testers, the software giant invited testers to download the new build and submit crucial feedback. The testing is marked as a private beta and it’s not likely that Microsoft will distribute the beta publicly.
Microsoft said in October that Office 2010 is officially the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history. More than six million copies have been sold so far since the release in June. Office is currently used by more than 750 million users worldwide according to Microsoft. Office 2010 was the first release of the productivity suite to include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Microsoft packed both versions onto one DVD across seven different flavours. Office 2010 also includes a free version with Microsoft Word and Excel. The free version, dubbed Office Starter, contains reduced functionality of Word and Excel and advertising.
Microsoft also began offering their Office applications online earlier this year. The software maker recently announced that they have surpassed 20 million users on their Office Web Apps. Microsoft’s biggest competitor in online document editing, Google Docs, currently has over 25 million users. Office Web Apps easily integrate with your Windows Live ID and several online services from Hotmail, Facebook and Docs.com also allow you to share documents from your SkyDrive.