By Harry McCracken
Microsoft is starting to let folks in on the Webbiest, most collaborative Office ever. But it’s not all there yet.
Today at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft is announcing that itâ€™s distributing a Technical Preview version of its upcoming Office 2010 suite to tens of thousands of testers. It wonâ€™t be a public beta thatâ€™s open to everyone who wants a sneak peek; that will come later this year, and the final version of Office 2010 isnâ€™t due until some time during the first half of next year. But for the first time since it demoed some features last October, Microsoft is showing off the new Office and providing more information about its plans. And itâ€™s briefed reporters and provided them with early access to the Technical Preview (including me).