Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview leaks

Not long ago you'll remember the official announcement from Microsoft, stating that you can sign up for the Office 2010 Technical Preview which is due for a release in July. It appears people on the less moral side of the law have declared, "No!" to Microsoft, and decided to take matters into their own hands. We've received various tips from around our very own forums that this upcoming piece of software, which is still around about a month and a half away, has been leaked onto the Internet.


Microsoft has been having a pretty hard time with software leaks lately, and it's unclear if they'll be able to get this under control. Never-the-less, it does get them good publicity in the technology realm, so it's not entirely a bad thing for the Redmond software giant.

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We will get a copy of this as standard in work, last time we all got a copy from MS which was kind of nice and it saved me a packet

Is it me are does MS think the EU (End Users) are thick, and they need big glossy buttons to know what they are pressing, don't get me wrong it looks nice but kind of Fisher Price looking.

in this new suite is there a way to clear the recently opened documents?
i still can believe, that i must go to regedit to do that on current version (2007)

I never feel this a leak without the knowledge of Microsoft.....Daily we can see something or another leakage news of Microsoft Product and we never feel the Security of the Software gaints as soo weak.....

Hopefully there'll still be color theme support. I liked being able to switch to black, blue, and silver when I wanted. The default white is ok, but I'd like to see it in other colors too.

I really like the look of the classy "home" screens. It's very simplified and not crowded. The ribbons definitely seem more integrated looking, and I'm a fan of the plain gray gradient. Definitely looks like they've got Office 2010 right.

They're going in the wrong direction IMO, 2007 looked so much better, but 2010 has more functionality. I don't know which one I value more yet, but they better fix the Mac Office Suite - pathetic.

wotsit said,
Can't help but feel like they're trying to fix something that isn't broken.


It may not have felt broken to you. But I'm sure a lot of non-geeks/tech Savvy people may have found the office 2003 UI daunting and hard to use. I mean, look at how many menus you had to go through to get to some features - office 2007 was about getting rid of that.

wotsit said,
Can't help but feel like they're trying to fix something that isn't broken.

No other MS product has been more broken than office from a usability standpoint. 2007 took partial care of that, hopefully 2010 will take care of the rest.

kiwi89 said,
It may not have felt broken to you. But I'm sure a lot of non-geeks/tech Savvy people may have found the office 2003 UI daunting and hard to use. I mean, look at how many menus you had to go through to get to some features - office 2007 was about getting rid of that.


I know, I comparing 2010 to 2007, not 2007 to 2003.

DanJamesJr said,
Microsoft intentionally leaks to cause controversy, so they know what the people want before RTM.


This doesn't make any sense...they're releasing the Technical Preview to the public for free. They don't need to leak it.

When's it's free, not so much people will be interested. But when it's leaked, it people will be all over it and hype it up...that's how ms playing its audience.

Is it just me but does your system get the email message of "slow" in the systray all the time With Office 7 on Outlook? Its not the hardware cuz I can replicate on multiple platforms. Maybe my Outlook server?

I've tested it for a while and its snappier than office 2007...I like the white design its refreshing and simple but beautiful...and it also had a nice animated startup screen but it's too fast to load that you can barely see the startup screen

Im not judging until I use it. I used to hate office 2007 based on the screenshots, but when I used it I thought it was the best product microsoft had released after windows 2000 (in terms of "breakthrough")

How is it possible to make a snapshot from a windows like this ? I mean that the aero part of the window is transparent.

You have what, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Word, Project, Access, Groove, etc. etc. That sorta makes sense to me for such a big bundle of applications.

PsykX said,
You have what, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Word, Project, Access, Groove, etc. etc. That sorta makes sense to me for such a big bundle of applications.

but the current office 2007, has the same applications yet only takes up less then 700mb of space.

Soldiers33 said,
why is it so big? 1.4gb

no its not really big...the office professional plus is 673 mb
project professional with 279 mb
sharepoint professional with 296 mb
visio professional with 338 mb

the office professional, project professional, sharepoint professional and visio professional are seperated installers that make up the 1.4 gb compressed file

well I don't need the 3 others...but its bundled on the download so it makes up a 1.4 gb

Yeah that is really smart after the news that Windows 7RC copies were modified to create a giant Zombie net, to download the TP from a Russian server ... guess I will be one to wait for the official download link.

Yeah same as the Windows 7 RC torrents that are available WITH Trojan horses all over it. I am not saying the software isn't legit, I am saying that it isn't really smart to download this software off a torrent site, who knows what has been changed to turn your pc in a zombie.

As long as you download from Microsoft servers you're sure you have an untampered version.

DawnUnder2002 said,
Yeah same as the Windows 7 RC torrents that are available WITH Trojan horses all over it. I am not saying the software isn't legit, I am saying that it isn't really smart to download this software off a torrent site, who knows what has been changed to turn your pc in a zombie.

As long as you download from Microsoft servers you're sure you have an untampered version.


Damn do you know nothing about bittorrent. Bittorrent trackers have this thing called comments and they provide the ability for a tracker to be a self healing virus terminator. Or you can just go on a private tracker and let other people do the work for you.

lol, "zombie". After many years of downloading torrents, I think I might've gotten one bad download with some spyware or something in it. If you don't know how to use BitTorrent properly, then you shouldn't be trying to download things with it. But don't tell other people they shouldn't do it, because it's really easy to not get a virus.

I am not saying people shouldn't be downloading it, I just gave MY reason for not downloading it. PLUS you can't do a hash check because there is no legit version to check it with. You can do that if MS would provide such version from their own servers.

"Self healing virus terminator" ... right!

The fact that you haven't picked up a trojan after downloading a torrent doesn't necessarily mean you know how Bittorrent works, you were just lucky those files weren't tampered with.

The look seems to be "Vistified" (more transparency and Vista-like colors) from 2007's XPfied (bright and colorful) look. But looks are not going to be successful in selling this to me, Microsoft better have solid new and improved features across all apps, since it's been 3 years since 2007 debuted. Only minor improvements won't make me buy even the Standard version.

xpclient said,
TBut looks are not going to be successful in selling this to me


Well, I will buy it just because OneNote gets the ribbon-interface. Great application but the 07-version looks hideous imo.

dr_crabman said,
Well, I will buy it just because OneNote gets the ribbon-interface. Great application but the 07-version looks hideous imo.

Agreed. The Pen toolbar can go to hell. That new 'Draw' tab looks awesome.

One word: beautiful.

I only wish Office:mac was as good. Since I switched over to a mac last May, the main (and quite a major) disappointment was how sub-par Office 2008 was compared to Office 2007.

I have Windows 7 RC running on boot camp. The only thing I'm waiting for now is the Windows HFS+ drivers that are supposedly included with Snow Leopard.

Either way, I can't wait.

+1 Microsoft

warwagon said,
I feel like their excuse to releasing a new version every year is just so they can revamp the UI.

Office 2003 was released in November of 2003. Office 2007 was released in January of 2007. Office 2010 won't ship until 2010, per Ballmer. I'm not sure how that equates to 'every year'...looks like they're averaging a release about every 3 years to me.

But in 2007, they did revamp the UI, but they also revamped the graphics of what YOU can do. The graphs, the shapes, the effects were so much better compared to what it was before. The old wordarts for example, they finally got rid of them in 2007 (or maybe I missed them :|)

PsykX said,
The old wordarts for example, they finally got rid of them in 2007 (or maybe I missed them :

Not quite true. The old word arts are still there in Word and Publisher. They only updated it in Excel and PowerPoint. Who need word art in Excel anyway?

warwagon said,
I feel like their excuse to releasing a new version every year is just so they can revamp the UI.

Nah, I'm pretty sure there will be new features too. There was plenty in 2007 at least. :-p

As long as no one is SELLING the beta version, MS doesn't care. This gives them a wider beta test with no liability for lost data, etc.

MS isn't let any of the important (re: buggy!) internal builds of 7 or Office leak to the Internet.

andrewbares said,
True. But if this happened to Apple, Steve Jobs would be throwing a fire storm at whoever let it leak. (probably)

One of the differences between the two companies and their management.

andrewbares said,
True. But if this happened to Apple, Steve Jobs would be throwing a fire storm at whoever let it leak. (probably)

lolz...yea...'n that's why they have a lil market share..though i know they have some logic behind it

True. I liked the Office 2007 Ribbon soo much more.

But, I love the new Outlook 2010, with the automatic hyperlinks inside e-mail messages. You can instantly role over someone's name and get their phone number, or role over a phone number and get the number's name. How cool is that?!?!

I've got to add a +1 too I hope that someone at Microsoft notices this. Those buttons are not going to do it for me.

Perhaps its just bad because its the Home tab and that's the only one with lots of little buttons you know.

Anyways, Office 2k7 seems like the perfect office suite, so what are the new features going to be?

Faisal Islam said,
it will change completely...hope u saw Offile 2007 Tech preview

Why, because Microsoft has never been able to stick on a final design in beta versions or technical previews of Office? :P

I don't see why it would change so much in all honesty.

Faisal Islam said,
it will change completely...


I hope not. I like Office07 but think that it's interface looks a little outdated and cluttered, too many borders and shades of grey. Office2010 on the other hand looks smooth and modern. Also remember that there are only two vertical rows of buttons if the windows have a certain width instead of the three on the screenshots.

But in 2007, they did revamp the UI, but they also revamped the graphics of what YOU can do. The graphs, the shapes, the effects were so much better compared to what it was before.
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