Many congratulations to the Microsoft Office Team on the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) of Office 2010.

From the Microsoft Office Engineering Blog:

I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!

RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our engineering team has poured their heart and soul into reaching this milestone. It is also an appropriate time to re-emphasize our sincere gratitude to the more than 5,000 organizations and partners who have worked with us on rapid deployment and testing of the products. Since the start of our public beta in November 2009, we’ve had more than 7.5 million people download the beta version – that’s more than 3 times the number of 2007 beta downloads! The feedback that we’ve received from all these programs has shaped the set of products we’re excited about, and that I’m sure will delight our customers.

You can read the entire announcement here – Office 2010 Reaches RTM!

Some other resources to help you prepare for Office 2010 are available already – check these out:

  • Office 2010 Product Guides – The Office 2010 product guides provide an overview of what’s new in your favorite Microsoft Office programs and a deeper look at benefits across all Office 2010 programs, as well as Office Web Apps and Office Mobile 2010.
  • Office 2010 Press Kit – Microsoft Corp. is pleased to announce the next wave of Microsoft Office and related products. Designed to deliver a unified experience across the PC, phone and browser, this wave includes Microsoft Exchange 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010.

Businesses will be able to gain access to Office 2010 on 12 May and it is expected to launch for consumers in June.

There is also no official word from Microsoft on when the Office 2010 downloads will be available on TechNet or MSDN Downloads. I guess we will have to wait and see.