Microsoft is expected to announce the availability of Office 2010 beta later today at its Worldwide Partners Conference in New Orleans. However, the official website got released just a little bit earlier and though was pulled down by Microsoft, it still got cached by Google and you can view it at this link. Major news in the Office 2010 release is the announcement of Office Web Applications – online editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, to complement the desktop versions. These online apps will be free, and from the buzz around the web, seem to be a lot more powerful than comparable applications from Google. TechCrunch got an early preview and blogged about Office 2010, alongwith screenshots early this morning. More on this later today..