Office 2010 screenshots emerge

Office 2010, the next version of Microsoft's successful office programs suite, has been in closed testing for a while now. With a public beta expected later in the year, development is stepping up before the program, previously dubbed Office 14, is finally let out into the wild.

Earlier this year we posted some screenshots of alpha builds of Word and Excel, and just over a week ago Zack Whittaker posted some new screenshots on his iGeneration blog.

Here are some images of the new about screen of Office and screenshots of the new version of Outlook, including the ribbon toolbar. Click the images to enlarge where they are scaled down.


Images sources: iGeneration and PressPass


This shows the splash screen of an earlier technical preview version of Word 2010.
Image source: iGeneration

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I really like the new ribbon design, it simply looks better (as we've seen in word and power point before). For searching I use my tool lookeen, this is much easier and faster. The Social Connector sounds interesting but I want first to try it, besides does anyone know if facebook is also about to be connected to Outlook 2010?

I think that instead of shoving tons of buttons into one cluttered space, M$ should use the time tested menu system. How often do I want to create rules in outlook that it has to be a large button on the god forsaken ribbon. My goodness I still use office xp at home and 03 at work cause of that clunky interface. The ms "orb" is better suited for target practice...

This is practically the worst UI design from a large company that I have ever seen. The old ribbon wasn't great, but the new ribbon is awful.

What happened to the windows colours in the logo?

I also prefer the top left orb in 2007 compared to the tab in 2010. :P

To all those complaining Outlook 2010 looks to bloated for an email client please remember
OUTLOOK IS NOT ONLY AN EMAIL CLIENT
It is an client-side application for Microsoft Exchange and all of the communication and collaboration features that go with it. The fact that people use it without exchange for other servers/pop3/imap accounts is a sideline/nice-to-have.
If you want a basic email client go for thunderbird/gmail/eudora/windows live mail etc.

On another note, I also hate the button that has replaced the orb/Office jewel (whatever happened to Magic Corners?) and all that white makes it hard to know what to focus on i.e. the content of the message. Similar designs in Windows Explorer/Paint/Wordpad for Windows 7 are also bad in my opinion.

As much as I am grateful for someone uploading screenshots, wouldn't it be better to of actually had some content in Outlook so we could get a better picture? It doesn't look like they have improved the To Do bar yet (protoype) but hard to tell from the image.

I actually like the ribbon interface, even if it could use some tweaks here and there.

Having the toolbar be task-sensitive instead of trying to cram everything in one bar was certainly a change I hated in Office 2007. For all of 20 minutes, that is. After that it grew rather quickly and steadily.

And now we finally get a decent upgrade to my beloved Outlook? BO-FREAKIN'-NUS!

It looks like arse, but that's what I said with office 2007, and it turned out to be the best version of office in 12 years or so. My only complaint is that the 'office' icon doesnt look prominent enough for some people to notice it. It doesnt even have the same colour through apps... I can picture people not knowing how to use it, and asking me where the hell are the "new" and "save as.." menus, and me trying to describe the office icon.

Julius Caro said,
It looks like arse, but that's what I said with office 2007, and it turned out to be the best version of office in 12 years or so. My only complaint is that the 'office' icon doesnt look prominent enough for some people to notice it. It doesnt even have the same colour through apps... I can picture people not knowing how to use it, and asking me where the hell are the "new" and "save as.." menus, and me trying to describe the office icon.

Surely saying "click on the brightly coloured icon at the top right" is enough. You can even specify the bright orange/blue/etc icon.

Can I have an old Office skin or something? =\ After mastering a certain office GUI for many many years, this change up that started with office vista is frustrating

SoulEata said,
Can I have an old Office skin or something? =\ After mastering a certain office GUI for many many years, this change up that started with office vista is frustrating :(

Office 'Vista'? You mean Office 2007. And no, it's not a worthwhile endeavour for the developers.

You can, if you must, buy programs to help though.

Each to their own, but this ribbon stuff just looks like a dog's breakfast to me. Way too cluttered. And all the white? Yikes...they need a minimalist designer in there...stat. The thing is, for the majority of people out there, Office 2003 is just fine and does everything they want. I have no reason to change from 2003 for many years to come.

The ribbon has no redeeming value for veteran Office users. It might be helpful to newbies, but that's not the audience MS should be aiming for.

We are licensed for both. Our users that have to use 2007(Excel2k7 supports more than 64k rows) have all asked what it would take to get back the O2k3 interface. They've been using the ribbon for months and they still dislike it.

I hate the ribbon UI. For that reason, I am still using Office 2003. If there was a way to disable the new "ribbon" interface, I would then upgrade.

jbsuperman said,
I hate the ribbon UI. For that reason, I am still using Office 2003. If there was a way to disable the new "ribbon" interface, I would then upgrade.


um get a new OS? because that's the direction all windows apps are going

Wow. Every screen has a million things going on. I'm not really sure I like where it's headed. I do like that the ribbon is finally in Outlook. '07 feels like they did two good things (RSS and search), but then forgot about Outlook. The To-Do bar is the only task bar (every other app has about 6 you can choose from), there's no ribbon, and, performance-wise, it's not as good as '03 with large PST files. I don't like the huge iconized options menu, either. I'm hoping that the Windows 7 team influences these guys a bit more.
On another note - why do we always get more than one screenshot of the splash or about screen? It doesn't really show a lot beside the version number. Which is meaningless now, right?

What a visual mess! Why not hire a few ad firms and graphics-design wizards as consultants? Why not hire little old me?
Why not listen to users?
Why not .......................................?
( Fill in as you please )

Actually, it's not a mess.

It's really incredibly simple.

Why not realize this is a beta?
Why not think before posting?

Why not......................................?
(you fill in as you please)

It looks dirty, I don't know if it's just the quality of the pictures of if it's really dirty like that. Even 2007 looked less dirty than this, but not this much. And outlook looks so confusing... There's like 10 billion buttons in the ribbon ... for an email client. Makes me sad :P

Oh well, as long as they make something decent with Visio and MS Project and as long as they fix all the bugs in Word and Excel (especially Excel), and as long as they optimize those graphical features in all the suite (especially Powerpoint and these graphs in Excel), ... That's ok with me.

Oh and they need to optimize a few things in Access and make things maybe more obvious, but it's not this bad once you get to know it.

I really like the looks of this. The new, light, neutral theme they're going with is much better than any of the blue/black/silver choices in Office 2007. Good job. I just wish Windows 7 was going this route...

Hitchhiker427 said,
I really like the looks of this. The new, light, neutral theme they're going with is much better than any of the blue/black/silver choices in Office 2007. Good job. I just wish Windows 7 was going this route...

Darker themes are better on the eyes.

The light silver in Outlook is quite nice, (in contrast to the blinding white in the "Voicemail" shot), and I really appreciate the reduction in borders in Outlook.

I'll probably hide the ribbon in Outlook, pin the new and reply buttons to the Quick Access bar, and have a very nice, clean UI to let me focus on my disgustingly unmaintained inbox.

Gamerhomie said,

XP, Vista, 7.


Nope. Office XP was overtly blue, yes. But Office 2007 had several themes, one of which is blue. Vista and Win7 themselves are hardly "blue".

From these Office 2010 Technical Preview Screenshots, I don't see much that is new. My gut tells me that principle advancements with Office 2010 will center around SharePoint integration and Office Live (which is based on SharePoint platform). I personally like Office 2007's Orb Button. I have no idea why they would be changing that to a squarish one. Hopefully thats just a figment of the Technical Preview.

And I don't - the Office button took one corner of a maximized window because it was important and deserved it. Now it's crowded with the useless app icon and whatever pinned buttons are chosen. It looks like it's just another tab (albeit with more colour).

The app icon has been around for long enough, and has its place in the traditional Windows UI. The app orb fit in better with the radically altered design of the ribbon, taking ideas from the Start Menu and the Apple menu and rolling them up into something that was easily discoverable and made sense as soon as you found it.

This irks me a great deal with Paint and Wordpad in Windows 7. Not because I use those apps extensively, but because so many will be modeled upon them in the future.

that windows media player playing back the voicemail should be changed in to something cooler.. prolly something like a nice glossy classy black player.. just to make office transition well with windows 7. That same dam player has been around since windows 2000

I don't like the screeshots. Too much white hurts your eyes and yeah the round office button is gone. I think it looked nice.

Too early to judge from screenshots. Only thing I can see is that they're working hard on it, good thing but I hope that the Office Team will put some O14 blog online with the Beta so they can discuss the features with end-users.

Looks terrible imo. Is it some kind of law that every Office version needs to have a different look? I mean pick one and refine it instead of going for something new everytime. And the little icons on the left of the titlebar are silly and cluttering. I do like that they replaced the orb though.

And I guess it makes the suite more consistent, but I think using a ribbon in Outlook makes no sense usability wise. It's a totally different app than Word or Excel where the ribbon does make sense.

k7of9 said,
Looks terrible imo. Is it some kind of law that every Office version needs to have a different look? I mean pick one and refine it instead of going for something new everytime. And the little icons on the left of the titlebar are silly and cluttering. I do like that they replaced the orb though.

And I guess it makes the suite more consistent, but I think using a ribbon in Outlook makes no sense usability wise. It's a totally different app than Word or Excel where the ribbon does make sense.


1. Until Office 2007 there was pretty much NO redesigning of the UI. This barely even does that, just spreads it across more products and makes a tweak to the main Office button, keeping it in line with Win7.

2. You haven't even tried it!

Looks nice, but I still don't like the titlebars. Why must they jam so much into them, just looks weird.

Cellar Dweller said,
He shouldn't have posted the phone numbers and names and picture of self, not a smart move... LOL

Check the company name: Contoso. It's not real. That's one of MS' many example companies. I'm sure all the info is fake.

Cellar Dweller said,
He shouldn't have posted the phone numbers and names and picture of self, not a smart move... LOL

It could be a fake number, name, picture. If it is real, then someone doesn't mind to post actual info on the net. Otherwise it can be a company information.

shozilla said,
It could be a fake number, name, picture. If it is real, then someone doesn't mind to post actual info on the net. Otherwise it can be a company information.


you did look at the wiki link right?

that guy from the identity protection firm posted his SSN all over the place....he didn't seem too worried...even after someone stole his identity haha

signalpirate said,
you did look at the wiki link right?

No, I don't care about the info in the screenshot... no matter if it's real or not.

I wouldn't bother to try to call that number or look up for further information.

Cellar Dweller said,
He shouldn't have posted the phone numbers and names and picture of self, not a smart move... LOL


The 425-882-8080 number is the main MS switchboard and the 707-2493 is somebody's desk phone.

The voice mail screen shot looks...annoying...

I looks like they are doing the same thing to Office that they did to Messenger, bloat the crap out of it

Grandaevus said,
The voice mail screen shot looks...annoying...

I looks like they are doing the same thing to Office that they did to Messenger, bloat the crap out of it :(


You wouldn't even have voice mail if you dont have a Digital phone system that integrates into exchange (we have them and they are EXPENSIVE) so voice mail wont be coming to most end users in the terms of the exchange end... so how is it bloat? phone system stuff has been in exchange since 2003

Bloat? You might as well be complaining that YouTube makes your web-browser bloated. If you never receive a Voice Mail in Outlook then nothing happens in that regards. Where's the bloat?

barteh said,
yeah, we all need a 64bit version of office to help it run quicker.
Word processors demand so much power.....

While Word might not need it 64bit should be beneficial to Access and Excel

Lant said,
While Word might not need it 64bit should be beneficial to Access and Excel

Access should be going away. If you need that much power behind Excel, it's time for SQL!

Amodin said,
Access should be going away. If you need that much power behind Excel, it's time for SQL! :)

I disagree. Excel offers a lot of run-time flexibility, and if much more user friendly than a whole Database application. Relational Databases are not Spreadsheets.

barteh said,
yeah, we all need a 64bit version of office to help it run quicker.
Word processors demand so much power.....

Haha, the way OpenOffice runs like molasses now, you might actually be right about that :P

Lant said,


While Word might not need it 64bit should be beneficial to Access and Excel


People like barteh think the only program in the Office suite is word :P

Lant said,
While Word might not need it 64bit should be beneficial to Access and Excel

Then only Access and Excel should have 64-bit binaries.

iamwhoiam said,
Then only Access and Excel should have 64-bit binaries.


Exactly.. what a waste of resources. Oh wait.. There are none. You're just complaining. I suppose you're upset that they made Notepad and Paint 64 bit as well?

barteh said,
yeah, we all need a 64bit version of office to help it run quicker.
Word processors demand so much power.....


Not everyone's requirements are as rudimentary as yours...

Shadrack said,
I disagree. Excel offers a lot of run-time flexibility, and if much more user friendly than a whole Database application. Relational Databases are not Spreadsheets.

And spreadsheets are not database.

As a programmer the thing i hate the most is when people store data using excel.

Someone who use Access for anything other than personal use should get a clue.

Amodin said,
Access should be going away. If you need that much power behind Excel, it's time for SQL! :)


Access is more than a DB back-end (in fact, that hasn't been the primary use for Access since 2000). The primary use for Access is as a database *front-end*, with the back-end being somewhere else. What 64-bit brings to Access front-ends is the ability to create *hyperbases* (databases of databases), which is EXTREMELY useful for datamining.

barteh said,
yeah, we all need a 64bit version of office to help it run quicker.
Word processors demand so much power.....

the issue is that M$ sucks with their memory handling and their 32-bit OS can only utilize so much memory, ie 3GB, even then it's a flag you need to add to the boot line to enable more than the default of 2GB. Yet as office gets more and more bloated, it will require more and more memory, and win32 can't handle it and you need to make the jump to 64bit. Pathetic I know.