Microsoft Office 2010 beta build leaks

Microsoft's highly anticipated Office 2010 beta suite has leaked this week on peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

The build, numbered version 14.0.4514.1009, is tagged with the "beta 2" naming. The leak reportedly requires keys to install but accepts Office 2010 Technical Preview keys. Michael Aulia of Craving Tech posted some screen shots and his initial impressions after Microsoft sent him the beta directly.

From the screen shots posted it's clear the UI has been refined in the Office 2010 beta and the program icons have been updated. It's widely expected that a public beta build of Office 2010 will be available next week. Microsoft has kept quiet on the reports but has hinted on the official Office twitter account "MS Office team has some exiting news to tell at PDC. This is a must attend event. Stay tuned!" and a follow up post hints at possible social networking features in Outlook, "would you like your inbox to talk to your social networks? Useful integration or distraction?". Stay tuned for all the PDC 2009 information as Neowin will be live in Los Angeles next week.

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Luis Mazza said,
The ICON for new mail alerts don't show up for me when outlook is minimized. :/

just a reminder: its still in beta1, what do you expect?

I have this problem since Mondo. It used to work (a little) placing an icon on the program icon while minimized. I wouldn't expect it to get worse now with beta 2. Thus I was wondering if someone else had the same problem. That's all.

works fine for me after doing a clean install. I had Mondo installed and it f-ed everything up when uninstalling it, so I had to reformat my laptop anyway. After the format it worked fine after a clean install.

Is this article going to be corrected? It's already been confirmed above that 4514 is not the beta build. Even if it was, why would it be labeled as Beta 2? We only just left the Technical Preview stage.

Other websites are starting to pick up on this story and this misinformation.

Anyone know how far away this build is from the Mondo build? I installed Mondo a while back and it screwed the whole system up and also wouldnt let me uninstall.

Very nice overall, application launch times are MUCH improved. Outlook bug preventing users from silently deleting items on exit still present though...that should've been an easy one to isolate and fix...

Yeah, they said that they found discovery an issue for new users with the orb. I think it's rather silly myself as I liked the orb...

Where can I get those icons? I like them, although it's a shame that two applications had to be identiified with the same letter (PowerPoint and Publisher).

hmmm... is it illegal to use this?
I'll be travelling to the united states and I have an arabic name... I don't want to spend the rest of my life in jail for this xD ...

I've had this build installed for a while now - didn't even realize that until after I downloaded it and when I launched the installer it asked me if I wanted to Add or Remove features... doh! I don't see how that's news - this build has been out for a while. It activates with your MS Connect keys for the Technical Preview build so I guess that's what they're getting ready to release next week as a public beta. It looks much more finished than the TP build and works perfectly fine so far. I've been even playing around with hooking up Excel to MS SQL Server 2008 to generate real-time reports for stuff and it's been working great.

There are even the bits for integration with Windows Live SkyDrive and Offive Live Workspaces but doesn't seem to be fully activated across all applications yet but I have been able to open files from both locations but I also use Live Mesh which keeps all my documents and even OneNote notebooks synced accross all my computers. I think MS should make up their mind a little bit before they launch office as to how to handle cloud integration... so far we have SkyDrive, Office Live Workspaces, Office Live Apps which overlap with each other to the point where even I am confused which service to use for which purpose.

Like I said in the prior post, I've been using beta 2 a month back. Have neowin living under a rock? Wzor got it out a long time ago.

We are two. Incredible, when I knew the build was released I think that I saw it in this site at first. Well anyways, I having it running since a month and a half, its a lot stabler than the previous build I had which was 4447, which wouldn't uninstall, although you put the setup.xml that was missing.

I needed to format my computer after that. But now, this build is very stable, fast, and the new icons sucks (better 2007).

Interesting. There was a build that leaked a few months after the Technical Beta where the Technical Beta keys would not work. Was that build an internal build?

At least it looks as though they've removed the word "Office" from the beginning of the names for each of the applications. That was so annoying having this huge name "Microsoft Office Excel 2007". Can't it just be called Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, etc.? It's looks from those shortcuts they've brought that old naming convention back.

MS Office team has some exiting news to tell at PDC. This is a must attend event. Stay tuned

OMG! *books flight from Europe to Los Angeles*

Yeah, been running this build since the Windows 7 release. It's an okay build.. Powerpoint has some serious issues though.

The Social Networking feature was in 14.0.4417.1000 - but again, wasn't implemented. So now that the Beta is out, it still hasn't been implemented? Wow M$, that was one thing I was looking forward to

Anarkii said,
The Social Networking feature was in 14.0.4417.1000 - but again, wasn't implemented. So now that the Beta is out, it still hasn't been implemented? Wow M$, that was one thing I was looking forward to :(

Yeah I know they dissapointed me too... I was hoping they would finally fix that bug where people's S keys stop working and force them to use alternatives. Ah well, maybe next build.

omnicoder said,
Yeah I know they dissapointed me too... I was hoping they would finally fix that bug where people's S keys stop working and force them to use alternatives. Ah well, maybe next build.

Well, the S key thing sounds rather annoying...

As for the social networking stuff, I wonder how that will be implemented in the end. I'm assuming there will be some sort of kill switch for corporate environments?

I don't see any advantage to going to 2010 other than true 64-bit support. Granted that will improve performance but other than some fancy new icons, a ribbon bar for Outlook, and some new colors I don't see anything that's going to make me want to get my clients to make the move to 2010. It just looks like a slightly updated 2007.

I'll admit that I haven't been following the deeply technical details of 2010 but so far I can't see an upgrade just yet.

Tim Dawg said,
I don't see any advantage to going to 2010 other than true 64-bit support. Granted that will improve performance but other than some fancy new icons, a ribbon bar for Outlook, and some new colors I don't see anything that's going to make me want to get my clients to make the move to 2010. It just looks like a slightly updated 2007.

I'll admit that I haven't been following the deeply technical details of 2010 but so far I can't see an upgrade just yet.


All this, your observation of mere esthetics, is because the PDC hasn't happened yet.

Well, Powerpoint in particular appears to be a VERY nice improvement. What I've seen is just HUGE. Aside from that I've seen mostly just refinement, but I'm sure there will be a lot of surprises.

Unless I'm very mistaken, this has been available for quite a while now.
As in, more than a month at least.
Oh and
>a follow up post hints at possible social networking features in Outlook
Can confirm that, I'm running this build and have seen the option to add such networks, they just haven't finished implementing the full functionality yet.

Edit for proof:
Had it before the Date Modified listed

That was actually the Technical Preview (if you've got it some weeks before). Check the icons (the easiest) that you have. If they're different than you got the Technical Preview

Pretty sure it's not the tech preview, have a look a the build number in the file name. New icons too, and I can post a screenshot of it running if you want.

There was also an another "beta 2" build under 4514.1007, which only came out about a week or two ago. I could be very possible MS simply changed the build numbers.

:: Lyon :: said,
That was actually the Technical Preview (if you've got it some weeks before). Check the icons (the easiest) that you have. If they're different than you got the Technical Preview

Technical preview is build 14.0.4006

callum:mr said,
Unless I'm very mistaken, this has been available for quite a while now.
As in, more than a month at least.
Oh and
>a follow up post hints at possible social networking features in Outlook
Can confirm that, I'm running this build and have seen the option to add such networks, they just haven't finished implementing the full functionality yet.

Edit for proof:
Had it before the Date Modified listed

I'm pretty sure it leaked a week ago too. Remember that post in the neowin forums that said "exclusive blablabla" and it seemed to be just news about the beta? I did some google work and found out that same post was on other forums, by the same person, and it turned out it had been uploaded somewhere. Most people were reporting that you needed a key to use it (and that technical preview keys were valid). So I guess that's why nobody bothered

Social networking in Outlook? that'd be pretty cool lol. Although it is a sad sign of how poor Microsoft Betas are these days that these things leak before testers even get to use them

BetaAddict said,
There was also an another "beta 2" build under 4514.1007, which only came out about a week or two ago. I could be very possible MS simply changed the build numbers.

1009 --> 1007?
Nope, the 1009 apps seem to list themselves as 1007 for some reason.

Julius Caro said,
I'm pretty sure it leaked a week ago too. Remember that post in the neowin forums that said "exclusive blablabla" and it seemed to be just news about the beta? I did some google work and found out that same post was on other forums, by the same person, and it turned out it had been uploaded somewhere. Most people were reporting that you needed a key to use it (and that technical preview keys were valid). So I guess that's why nobody bothered

Longer than that I'm sure, but yeah, the keys for both x86 and x64 are easily found and preventing the activation nags is a quick reghack.

callum:mr said,
Unless I'm very mistaken, this has been available for quite a while now.
As in, more than a month at least.
Oh and
>a follow up post hints at possible social networking features in Outlook
Can confirm that, I'm running this build and have seen the option to add such networks, they just haven't finished implementing the full functionality yet.

Edit for proof:
Had it before the Date Modified listed



Yup; old leak. In fact, it's been leaked in three different ways (32-bit only, 64-bit only, and dual-bitness, all in ISO image format). It will take Technical Preview or TAP keys, and does register properly. It's faster than the Technical Preview was, so far, and, it's also more stable (especially Outlook). This is NOT the Technical Preview (I'm a Tech Preview tester, and I moved from that build to the leak, which is later, and has different icons; the Tech Preview uses the icons from Office 2007).

Frank Fontaine said,
Social networking in Outlook? that'd be pretty cool lol. Although it is a sad sign of how poor Microsoft Betas are these days that these things leak before testers even get to use them

Yes, but that MAY be a problem for corporate environments... I don't know that they would appreciate that.

yeah, but it can be controlled via group policy and by default, only the sharepoint addon is active (which is what corps would use anyway)

I think the icons are nice as well. It seems to be the new trend... adobe too. Kind similar to the old mac ms-office icons though (but looks much better).

dimithrak said,
You like those icons? I think they can do alot better..

+10000000000
These are horribleeeeee!!!!! as retro... I love modern and futuristic designs (like OSX Office 2004 icons)... these look oldie

CarlosMiguel said,
Wow, alreay leaked on the net. Nice icons. :)

It has already been leaked on the net since month and a half ago.

I do like the icons, and yes, the letters are becoming the brand themselves.. just like Adobe's CS4 icons. OS X office 2004 icons dont fit because aqua is old now!

AnthoWin said,
I do like the icons, and yes, the letters are becoming the brand themselves.. just like Adobe's CS4 icons. OS X office 2004 icons dont fit because aqua is old now!

+1 agreed

dimithrak said,
You like those icons? I think they can do alot better..

yeah same here!! i like the 2007 icons better than this..jeez!

Migra said,
+10000000000
These are horribleeeeee!!!!! as retro... I love modern and futuristic designs (like OSX Office 2004 icons)... these look oldie


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