Word X Test Drive, a beta of Microsoft Office v.X to be released in November, is now available as a free download.

Users must have Mac OS X version 10.1 installed to use the preview.

The preview doesn't have all the final features of Microsoft Office v.X, but does take advantage of Mac OS X technologies including Aqua Quartz, and Clear Formatting.

Intended for evaluation purposes, Test Drive is available in US English only and has no product support.

The release will expire on January 1, 2002 where it will be automatically disabled. There is a 22MB .sit download and a 29MB .hqx download. Microsoft Office v.X will cost $499. No UK pricing is available.