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Microsoft To Refresh Office 2007 Beta

Microsoft plans to release a refresh of Office 2007 beta 1 next week.

The "technical refresh" will feature an updated build of the new GUI and bug fixes, according to Microsoft.

Office 2007 beta 1 came out in November, and beta 2 remains on tap for this spring. Partner sources have said they expected beta 2 to make its debut this month. The finished product is due out late this year.

Details on the refresh can be viewed at this Microsoft site.

Microsoft is banking on Office 2007 and the upcoming Windows Vista client to spark a wave of upgrades, as well as a new stream of licensing revenue. The Vista client is also due out late this year. Office 2007 will take advantage of Vista perks but will run on Windows 2000 and XP, Microsoft has said.

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