This week Microsoft released a technical preview of many of the features included in its latest version of MS Office. While Microsoft was showing off all of Office 2010’s bells and whistles, the company quietly ended support for MS Office 2000 yesterday. The 2000 version was released June of 1999 for a suggested retail price of $799. Microsoft had stopped mainstream support options in 2004.
Features of MS Office 2010 were released through an invitation only technical preview yesterday as well. It was an official introduction to the new Office user interface and the inclusion of XML file formats. The much buzzed about web applications of the office suite however was not previewed and will not until later in the year. The browser based versions of the office products are expects to be included as part of Windows Live next year.
Extended support had continued on Microsoft Office 2000 until this week, but users can still access archived articles regarding issues that may occur with the office suite of products.