Microsoft Office 2003 Beta

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by jw50, Mar 27, 2003.

  1. jw50

    jw50 OSNN Senior Addict

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    If anyone is interested in playing with this beta you can order it from Microsoft for $19.95 s/h. at:

    http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/default.asp

    What You'll Get
    With this beta kit, you will receive:

    Products
    Microsoft Office 2003 Beta 2 CD—including Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003, Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003, and Microsoft Office Access 2003
    Microsoft Office FrontPage® 2003 Beta 2 CD
    Microsoft Office InfoPath™ 2003 Beta 2 CD
    Microsoft Office OneNote™ 2003 Beta 2 CD (OneNote standalone beta is also available by visiting the OneNote Beta order page.)
    Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 Beta 2 CD
    Microsoft Outlook with Business Contact Manager for Small Business Beta 2 CD
    Microsoft SharePoint™ Portal Server "v2.0" Beta 2 CD
    Microsoft Windows® SharePoint Services "v2.0" Beta 2 CD
    Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (release candidate 2) CD
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Beta 2 CD
    Resources
    Getting Started Guide (printed)
    Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 Developer Resource CD
    Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 Demo CD
    Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 Evaluation CD
    Note: The Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 requires Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 or later, or Windows XP. You will have an opportunity to request a free* trial copy of Windows XP on the order page.

    Important Notices
    This offer is available only for as long as quantities last.
    This software is intended for evaluation purposes only.
    There is no product support for this beta release.
    Before you order the kit, confirm that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to run Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003.
    Microsoft TechNet Plus subscribers will already be receiving the Office System Beta 2 products with the April issue. Visit the TechNet Web site to learn more about TechNet subscriptions.
    MSDN® Universal subscribers will have access to download the Office System Beta 2 starting March 11, 2003. Visit the MSDN Web site to learn more about MSDN subscriptions.
    The Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 cannot be shipped to a post office box.
    Beta testers may experience problems with the beta kit which could potentially result in loss, corruption, or destruction of existing data. This beta testing release is not appropriate for production use, and it is strongly recommended that you back up your existing data before you install and run this software.
    If any previous versions of Microsoft Office or other programs included in the kit are installed on your computer, be sure to back up your entire computer and all its contents prior to installing the beta. If you remove a previous version of a program, but want the option to reinstall it later, you must have a copy of your previous version installation source (for example, the installation CD).
    The software can be installed on up to five unique computers and each install must be activated through the online Office Activation Wizard (or by telephone).
    The Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 is time-limited software that expires when the user's computer system clock reaches November 30, 2003; at which time the product will operate under reduced functionality mode limiting end-user options and operations.
    For additional information about the beta, visit the Microsoft Office System Beta 2 Kit 2003 FAQ. For additional information about the Office System, see the Microsoft Office System FAQ.
     
  2. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    Nice. I got mine for free from MS, just need to find some free time to install it.
     
  3. jw50

    jw50 OSNN Senior Addict

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    You must be on microsoft's mailing list too:)
     
  4. iowaboy

    iowaboy old person

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    I got mine free from microsoft. It is installed and has not given me any problems yet. My kids love it also as they are always using my computer intead of theirs since I do not have xp or win2k installed on theirs yet.
     
  5. jkipk

    jkipk OSNN Addict

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    ...it's really fun. The Office 2003 stuff loses "full functionality" on Nov 30, but the Win2003 Server (Enterprise Edition!) has a 360 day trial period before it blows up. It's dang fast.

    kip
     
  6. sherpard

    sherpard Guest

    but how actually do u guys get it free? a friend of one of microsofts staff?
     
  7. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    We got it for free by signing up to be beta tester's
     
  8. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    is it worth paying the 19.95 shipping? Is it better than office XP ?
     
  9. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    It's still in beta, do you want to pay $19.99 for a program that might still be buggy?
     
  10. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    People payed $200.00 dollars for an OS that is buggy... so $19.99 isn't so bad for a buggy Office Suite. But ya still goin down the same hole. :p
     
  11. jkipk

    jkipk OSNN Addict

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    There's of course lots of new features, a basically new Outlook, new programs OneNote and InfoPath, and xml integration throughout all of the office programs. What is very possibly worth 20 bucks is the 360 day trial of Windows .Net Server Enterprise, an operating system (looks a lot like xp) that runs network servers, so there's lots of good stuff that you might not be able to play with otherwise (Enterprise edition sells for about $1000us). I believe the license is for 5 computers, so if you've got a home network set up you could play corporate IT systems guy, or host a web site for a year. There are really very few bugs, some of course, but nothing is crashing all over the place. I'm having fun so far! I don't know a lot about a lot of this stuff, so I'm happy to be able to have it around to play with (and yes I got it free - 12 cds, hey when it's over I'll have a complete coaster set for dinner parties!!!)

    kip

    (ps I count at least 10 programs, plus the OS. So a 6 mo trial of access, powerpoint, publisher, front page, etc for less than $2 a pop!)
     
  12. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    LMAO
     
  13. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Is there a time limit on using the software?
     
  14. silky62678

    silky62678 Guest

    Is there much differnece from office xp and 2003?
     
  15. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    Damn, I need to load the software lol
     
  16. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    Yes the office beta will run until Nov 30 then it loses functionality.
     
  17. surge

    surge OSNN Senior Addict

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    i got an invite from microsoft to test onenote.

    iam not a beta tester, but i now have the office system beta kit 2 2003 :D outlook 2003 all thoes cds, now what shal i install 1st lol
    /me prepares for a system crash from installign beta software lol
     
  18. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Actually, the Office 2003 Beta (Build 5207) is very stable. I have been using it for a while now, and none of the components have crashed on me yet.
    Outlook is definitely the best improvement in the whole Office system. The new interface saves a lot of space, and the built-in baynesian Junk Mail filtering is pretty awesome. Works with Hotmail too :)
     
  19. Comptech

    Comptech Guest

    I got mine for free too and must admit, it's preety good. Running server 2003 but not using it for a server, no crashes, plays games fine. Not a whole lot different than XP, except for the server functions. And yes outlook is MUCH BETTER. If you like to learn or expermint[or learn how to spell] it is worth the twenty bucks.