Microsoft Office 2010 beta hits 1M downloads in two weeks

Microsoft confirmed today that downloads of the Office 2010 beta have hit 1 million in just two weeks.

Microsoft introduced the Office 2010 beta during its now annual Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles late last month. Company officials demonstrated various new features during a keynote on November 18 including social networking integration into Outlook 2010, and Office Web Applications that allow you to read, edit and save documents in the browser.

Stephen Elop, President, Microsoft Business Division stated he was "very proud" of the download achievement in a message posted to his official twitter account. Earlier this week a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the software giant will be making Office 2010 available in June 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. 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.

If you're interested in trying out the Office 2010 beta then it's available for download for free. If you want to know what's new then check out Neowin's Office 2010 top new features guide.

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The download link is yet another site that counts my email as invalid as it's only one letter before the @ symbol. How bloody fantastic.

Surely I'm not the only one to notice that Microsoft's software has improved dramatically since they got rid of Bill Gates?

Big deal Microsoft! Why bother with a beta when one can get OpenOffice.org for free? Just download and install. It's better than Microsoft Office anyway. Why pay for it when you can get it free?

IanDSamson said,
Big deal Microsoft! Why bother with a beta when one can get OpenOffice.org for free? Just download and install. It's better than Microsoft Office anyway. Why pay for it when you can get it free?


Does OO include an e-mail program (arguably one of the best e-mail programs around, even if you don't connect to Exchange)?

Also, there is Office Web Apps (free to all, like OO; also, like OO, there is no mail program).

I have nothing against OO (in fact, for most of the past year, I used OO because it was faster at converting PDFs from Word files than Word 2007). However, there is a reason why Office (despite OO) remains near the top of dual-use (work and home) software lists (not to mention the most commonly-pirated suites and applications). Also, why no 64-bit OO (even for Linux)?

IanDSamson said,
Big deal Microsoft! Why bother with a beta when one can get OpenOffice.org for free? Just download and install. It's better than Microsoft Office anyway. Why pay for it when you can get it free?

y be an idiot and post here? dont like it, then stop trolling.

IanDSamson said,
Big deal Microsoft! Why bother with a beta when one can get OpenOffice.org for free? Just download and install. It's better than Microsoft Office anyway. Why pay for it when you can get it free?

You know, everyone has their own opinion, and I respect their opinion. Although comments like this are just plain pointless. I've tried OpenOffice and still prefer Microsoft Office over it, why? Microsoft's Office just feels better to me.

You can flap you mouth about how OpenOffice is free and Microsoft Office isn't but that isn't going to change my opinion, I'd rather use something, that I am comfortable with, and pay for it.. then use something I cannot stand, that is free.

IanDSamson said,
Big deal Microsoft! Why bother with a beta when one can get OpenOffice.org for free? Just download and install. It's better than Microsoft Office anyway. Why pay for it when you can get it free?

Nothing equals Outlook with Exchange support and FYI, OO doesn't have that. Like the poster above me, I'd rather pay for Microsoft Office than use OO. There is absolutely no comparison between the two. But, you get what you pay for.

iamwhoiam said,
Nothing equals Outlook with Exchange support and FYI, OO doesn't have that. Like the poster above me, I'd rather pay for Microsoft Office than use OO. There is absolutely no comparison between the two. But, you get what you pay for.


I've been using Outlook since 97 (however, it was Outlook 98 that has kept me from going anywhere), and I've only used Outlook with Exchange back when I used to work for Big Cable Company (and that was only during 2000 and 2001); the rest of my Outlook usage was as a POP/SMTP (and starting this year, IMAP) client (GMail supports both POP and IMAP).

I've been thrashing Outlook 2010 x64's multiple-mailbox support, and the *only* woes I've had were due to Outlook Connector (Hotmail); the POP and IMAP support are at least as solid as that of Outlook 2007, if not better. (The handling of very large mailboxes is the best of *any* mail client, regardless of OS.) I'm normally not a fan of IMAP (even with GMail, I'd normally use POP, not IMAP); however, Outlook 2010's IMAP support will spoil you for other IMAP clients.

According to what I've read, there is suppose to be a version of Office 2010 for OS X due when the Windows versions are released for retail. My guess is its more 'internal' testing.

DarkNovaGamer said,
According to what I've read, there is suppose to be a version of Office 2010 for OS X due when the Windows versions are released for retail. My guess is its more 'internal' testing.

One of the features they're putting back in is VB support - it'll be interesting to see what the 'leave out' when compared to Office for Windows.

Shame I can't authenticate this in a corporate environment, seeing as everything runs over proxies and Office 2010 won't authenticate over them...

I still can't download the pro version, just sit with the circle going round, I have tried 2 accounts? Very odd will try again at weekend.

Have you tried using IE? It does that with Chrome I've noticed. Not sure about Opera or Safari. Firefox and IE seem to work with it.

KaneHusky said,
There is a 64-bit version on TechNet (as a TechNet Plus subscriber)


There's a 64-bit version from the link cited above (I got my Professional Plus x64 bits there).

Drill, baby, drill....for Microsoft Office? (A million downloads in two weeks? And it won't expire for a year? Will it hit two million by Christmas?)