I got the email from Microsoft that the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is now available. This is an early release for members of the Technical Preview (which we are), but I believe general availability will happen tomorrow (November 18th).
The download wasn't too bad. A couple of hours and I had images for SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation 2010, Office Professional, Project, Visio, SharePoint Designer, and the Office Web Applications.
There is no upgrade path from the Technical Preview to the public beta, so our first step was to get a new clean server setup. I love HyperV for this kind of work. We have a development server with quad quad-core procs, 64 Gb RAM and lots of disk. We can spin up 25+ servers on the one box for development and testing work. Mark Campbell from my team fired up a clean Windows Server 2008 SP2 image, got it all patched up for me, and I was set to go. ...