Microsoft Office 2010 will be available to consumers on June 15. There are new features focused on increasing the integration with online file storage and collaboration – plus a major redesign of Outlook, adding everything from a ribbon bar across the top to social networking links. There are some nice new things, although I haven’t seen anything yet that strikes me as a game-changer.

Starting now, if you buy Office 2007 or buy a new computer with Office 2007, you’ll get a free upgrade to Office 2010 when it’s released. The deal requires the usual work of filling out some forms but nothing too onerous, although you will be required to have a Windows Live ID or set one up. (Here’s some information about your Windows Live ID, if that’s new to you.)

Here’s the website with details about the upgrade and the signup procedure. Don’t overlook this if you get a new computer!

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