Office 2010 scheduled for June release

Microsoft is set to launch an entirely new updated wave of Office applications in June 2010. The Office suite will be updated for Windows, including ribbon support for all products, and will also be launching Office 2010 for Mac OS X sometime in 2010.

Office 2010 will be released in six different flavours, including a free version that includes Microsoft Word and Excel, but comes with limited functionality and includes advertisements. The editions of Office 2010 will come in Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Standard, Professional and Professional Plus.

Office 2010 Professional Plus, which is available for public beta, will offer all of the office products, excluding Visio 2010 and Project 2010. Microsoft will be releasing Office 2010 with a full version and upgrade version, for users that have Office 2007 installed. Office 2010 will be available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 in both 32-bit and 64-bit, excluding Windows XP x64.

No official pricing for the full version or upgrade edition of Office 2010 has been announced yet. Although the retail store date is scheduled for June 2010, users should be able to get their hands on a download-able version through TechNet and MSDN earlier than the street date. According to Fudzilla a beta tester found a quote on Microsoft.com regarding the June 2010 release date.

For the time being, users with the beta can check out the top new features for Office 2010.

A complete list of Office 2010 applications include:

  • Microsoft Access 2010
  • Microsoft Excel 2010
  • Microsoft InfoPath Designer 2010
  • Microsoft InfoPath Filler 2010
  • Microsoft OneNote 2010
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
  • Microsoft Publisher 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010
  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • Office Communicator 2010
Other updated products include:
  • Microsoft Visio 2010 (not included in any Office 2010 Package)
  • Microsoft Project 2010 (not included in any Office 2010 Package)
Thanks to Ci7 for the news tip.

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Im running the 2010 beta and I find that the learning curve is nothing. If you can use 07 you can use 10. I really like some of the new features. I like the new interface. I think it is pretty nice. I will most certainly switch once the final is released.

I'm looking forward to Office 2010 for Mac simply because Entourage will be laid to rest and there will be a full-fledged version of Outlook.

_dandy_ said,
Good news--I was hoping it was going to RTM before my Technet subscription expires...

LOL I was thinking the EXACT same thing.

very interesting to see that the OSX version will also be Office 2010....now that's going to make things harder to differentiate on forums etc...

But I can see the rush since 2008 lacked VBA which is very important for some users

It's already available for pre-order notification on Amazon - http://bit.ly/4VCyAr. I think we'll be rolling it out across the company shortly after launch, it has a lot of useful stuff that we want in, esp. the Sharepoint side of things. Definitely a lot of improvements over 2007 - which wasn't that bad to begin with!

Nice move with the free version indeed. Gives some real options to the people that can't afford the full packages. That will be a quick turnaround from the beta to RTM, 7 months. Very impressive. Suppose this is what MS should be doing, and they had a quick turnaround with 7 from Beta to RTM, about the same.
Loving the new features and I like the fact that the Office button (sorry, Orb) has been toned down a little and migrated to an actual File menu again. I always got users calling up about not being able to find the File Menu! Preview before you paste, WIN!

Is there any news about Office 2010 for Mac? Will it use the ribbon and same interface, etc.?

AND WILL THERE BE ONENOTE?/??/.>>

I read that the new versions exploiting the 64-bit architecture can load substantial data sets over their 32-bit counterparts. This is especially visible in apps like Excel where the max number of rows increases dramatically and it handles even larger and more complicated formula's with the additional memory space available.

All of this is probably useless to the average Office user but I'm sure there are plenty of db and financial guys that are happy to have the additional headroom and horsepower.

I tell you what, I'm running the Beta x64 version, and I have never had the apps start up so quickly! Word and Excel are open and ready to use within a second!

64 bit Outlook broke my MobileMe syncing :(. Hopefully will be updated to support 64bit soon. I think that a lot of addons will need to be recompiled for 64bit which could prove to be a pain for some. I think it sucks how integrated everything is in office. I would like to be able to install and run 32bit versions of outlook and 64bit versions of everything else.

devHead said,
I tell you what, I'm running the Beta x64 version, and I have never had the apps start up so quickly! Word and Excel are open and ready to use within a second!

I have to agree with that comment. I've never had Word and Excel launch so quickly. x64 Office 2010 is amazing.

Shadrack said,
64 bit Outlook broke my MobileMe syncing :(. Hopefully will be updated to support 64bit soon. I think that a lot of addons will need to be recompiled for 64bit which could prove to be a pain for some. I think it sucks how integrated everything is in office. I would like to be able to install and run 32bit versions of outlook and 64bit versions of everything else.


MobileMe requires a plug-in (and it is likely 32-bit-only). If you require specific add-ins/plug-ins, you should avoid the Office 2010 beta for now (if a plug-in or add-in exists, it is likely to be in beta form also, and may have unpredictable effects, such as Outlook Connector for Hotmail/Windows Live Mail).

The free version sounds alright. With any luck they will give people the disks for that with their windows disks.

McDave said,
They don't even include a mail app in Windows so doubt it. Guess that system builders could include it though.

You can download Windows Live Mail easily enough, though.

I think the idea behind MS not including some of the accessories with Windows are to avoid future law suites in the EU. If Microsoft makes something available as a free download instead of bundling it with Windows they are on the same playing field as everyone else and hopefully would not be in trouble....then again you never know these days.

Oh no. I doubt that the eu is even satisfied with the direction of live essentials. Their blood lust against this American company is far from satisfied. I predict that they will go after the fact that windows live update can be installed through windows update, next.

Shadrack said,
Oh no. I doubt that the eu is even satisfied with the direction of live essentials. Their blood lust against this American company is far from satisfied. I predict that they will go after the fact that windows live update can be installed through windows update, next.

Yeah, the EU just sees dollar signs...

kiwi89 said,
The free version sounds alright. With any luck they will give people the disks for that with their windows disks.

Floppys? Wow, that would be fun. I think you mean discs :P