Office 2010 Hits RC Stage

The release marks one of the final testing stages before RTM.

Microsoft Office 2010 reached the release candidate (RC) milestone in early February, bringing the development process one step closer to the product's planned June release.

The RC went out to members of the Office technology adoption program. RCs come after the beta testing stages of product development. Generally, Microsoft doesn't introduce new features to a product during the RC phase. Microsoft sometimes creates several RC versions before release to manufacturing (RTM), which marks the shipment of final code to the channel.

A month earlier, Microsoft detailed pricing for Office 2010. The product comes in four main SKUs: Office Home and Student for $149, Office Home and Business for $279, Office Professional for $499 and Office Professional Academic for $99.

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