Microsoft Office 2010 beta available on MSDN/TechNet

Microsoft has made the latest beta of Office 2010 available to MSDN and TechNet customers.

The release follows news that Office 2010 beta builds have begun leaking from the software giant.

It's widely expected that a public beta build of Office 2010 will be available this 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 this week.

Update: The build 14.0.4514.1004 is available to MSDN/TechNet customers. 14.0.4536.1000 is the correct build number.

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Downloaded and tried the 64BIT, outlook is slow (again...?) and then search does not work no matter what I do... went back to office 2007 which is a breeze on my 4 GB XPS M1530 with Windows 7 64BIT.

Nothing beneficial for most businesses – no reason to upgrade/purchase –

Like Vista – all bling – no function.

If they wanted to improve Office they SHOULD have -
1. Made outlook open multiple e-mail accounts as full exchange -not an additional mailbox with some functionality or pop/imap with very limited functionality but two seperate exchange profiles simultaneously from multiple exchange servers.

2. Full OLE support for pictures in access – umm wasn't that functional with Office XP – why take that out? Why should someone have to code to add pictures to a personal database? Might was well use oracle or a real database if you are going to have to use code. Adding Office XP photo editor is the work around but why not just add photo editor back into office if that is the solution?

3. Offer the old menu bar for people (most of my clients) who don't want to learn the new menu bar. You can finally modify the ribbon to some extent in 2010 however my clients just want their old ribbon bar. Frankly I have no issue with the new menu bar but I'm one person and most of my clients don't like it so prefer to stick with office 2003. MS could make money selling the new version if they just offered the old menu as a choice with the new ribbon.

Played with it, especially Outlook. Don't like the feel of it, looks like they have gone backwards with the look and feel of the programs. Nice icons!! Don't like it that much, gone back to Office 2007.
I don't think I will try any of the future updates, beta wise, I will wait to RTM and make an informed decision then.
Not good enough yet, school report states, "good do better".

I don't like it. There's way too much going on, the titlebar with the glass and the white effects are quite distracting, I didn't see overlay notifications for Outlook on my superbar, the icons look horrible. I also hated the scrollbars and the overall grey look, it doesn't stand out from the rest of the application, the new Home or File menu is pretty confusing. This is going to frustrate a lot of people. =\
So, yeah.. I REALLY didn't like it. I hope the final build has a better theme.

I tried to change key in several of the different Office programs and all pop up an error window that says "The setup program has encountered an error. It wont let me change key. Any Ideas?

I only entered the single key which activates the entire Office 2010 Beta suite and had no problems.

Visio and Project still require their own keys and again, no problem with those either.

Did you have an earlier Office 2010 build installed?

Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_office_professional_plus_2010_beta_x64_x16-19234.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:21:24 AM
SHA1: D07BC0DEE307E05F955CE44825F85084B94595B8
ISO/CRC: D5C14D40

Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta (x86) - (English)

File Name: en_office_professional_plus_2010_beta_x86_x16-19227.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:21:23 AM
SHA1: F219E1D7FE830DCD6A796FAFEA3A5D0D4662EE89
ISO/CRC: D3ACD2EF

Office Web Applications Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_office_web_applications_beta_x64_456141.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:24:20 AM
SHA1: 71BB6B2E4248C40036CC0C0389B399E0F79EC180
ISO/CRC: E973B2E8

FAST Search Server 2010 Beta for SharePoint (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_fast_search_server_2010_beta_for_sharepoint_x64_x16-29476.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:23:23 AM
SHA1: F27DE2A0FA4938EB443FE6E5D0CE949FCD0A8CCB+
ISO/CRC: 93899023

Business Contact Manager for Microsoft Outlook 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_business_contact_manager_for_microsoft_outlook_2010_beta_x64_x16-36243.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:18:50 AM
SHA1: 2F95568AA491826F97E699B268308986E84D2979
ISO/CRC: 027D372E

Business Contact Manager for Microsoft Outlook 2010 Beta (x86) - (English)

File Name: en_business_contact_manager_for_microsoft_outlook_2010_beta_x86_x16-36236.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:18:50 AM
SHA1: 2F986F1E3158835D537B75CC90125995FE1A22E2
ISO/CRC: CA5FB64E

Project Professional 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_project_professional_2010_beta_x64_x16-19379.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:22:04 AM
SHA1: D6BB7E42713C143F2019838C9684D56064ACC890
ISO/CRC: 01C23408

Project Professional 2010 Beta (x86) - (English)

File Name: en_project_professional_2010_beta_x86_x16-19372.e
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:22:03 AM
SHA1: B8FA487BA48C603858AEA5CB74DBA27E6676C600
ISO/CRC: 5BFC8F5E

Project Server 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_project_server_2010_beta_x64_x16-19276.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:22:52 AM
SHA1: A0A079BFB91F71A17CCEECD558B5ECEE288E689F
ISO/CRC: 1B00F96D

Search Server 2010 Express Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_search_server_2010_express_beta_x64_x16-19290.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:25:19 AM
SHA1: 36E725012B7BC23051A915FBFD4CD144467A2289
ISO/CRC: 9791A3DD

SharePoint Designer 2010 Beta (x86 and x64) - (English)

File Name: en_sharepoint_designer_2010_beta_x86_x64_x16-19242.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:20:47 AM
SHA1: 813E604B44B43868AB1BDBF3AC33686B88EDB426
ISO/CRC: 1098BD09

SharePoint Foundation 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_sharepoint_foundation_2010_beta_x64_456151.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:24:54 AM
SHA1: AA98117736BF2EE1F16F09351FD4D3A1A94C6F3A
ISO/CRC: 4EE5878A

SharePoint Server 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_sharepoint_server_2010_beta_x64_x16-19249.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:20:13 AM
SHA1: DDEFC5E677FB5CFCD50E677AA9A395EB057CB730
ISO/CRC: 49F90850

Visio Premium 2010 Beta (x64) - (English)

File Name: en_visio_premium_2010_beta_x64_x16-19360.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:23:57 AM
SHA1: 0D9D22DEDA68C98204B9AD54EA08E5C5A63E05EF
ISO/CRC: 9D665740

Visio Premium 2010 Beta (x86) - (English)

File Name: en_visio_premium_2010_beta_x86_x16-19353.exe
Date Posted (UTC): 11/16/2009 7:23:55 AM
SHA1: 8C7EBE0FB62B070FDB56673F34BAA89619650488
ISO/CRC: C2C9019E


Time to play

Be warned that it appears the Technet version that supplies you with a MAK will not activate unless you're on a corporate LAN with an activation server running. The title bar of mine is bright red and says unable to activate. When I input the MAK key from Technet it says I need to connect to corporate network to activate.

That's strange. I know in the case of Win7 if you don't have that it falls back to allowing you to activate with the mothership. Maybe it's not enabled yet?

This happened for me from MSDN. I simply clicked "Change Product Key" in the activation box, entered my new key and it opened the installer which configured office. Then, I re-entered office, clicked "Activate Now" and it activated perfectly.

I have a question guys. I currently have Technical beta installed. I want to remove it and do a new/clean install of this beta. But I can't find the export option to export my account settings. I have about 6 email accounts configured and I want to export it so that I can simply import it later in my new install and don't have to bother with configuring the accounts from scratch.
Help...

If anyone (anonymous) is feeling generous and has a "leaky faucet" of MSDN data, please send me a PM.

Oh, and I don't think everyone understands the already leaked build is 14.0.4514.1004 and 14.0.4536.1000 was released today.

Saint Shiv said,
If anyone (anonymous) is feeling generous and has a "leaky faucet" of
MSDN
data, please send me a PM.

Oh, and I don't think everyone understands the already leaked build is 14.0.4514.1004 and 14.0.4536.1000 was released today.

Can't just wait for the public release?

Saint Shiv said,
If anyone (anonymous) is feeling generous and has a "leaky faucet" of
MSDN
data, please send me a PM.

Oh, and I don't think everyone understands the already leaked build is 14.0.4514.1004 and 14.0.4536.1000 was released today.

In your wildest dreams I will :P

kazuyette said,

In your wildest dreams I will :P

Well, I'm not asking for the "keys to your house." I just need to fix the leaky pipes! To answer your question, I could wait, but then I wouldn't have it now!

Saint Shiv said,
Well, I'm not asking for the "keys to your house." I just need to fix the leaky pipes! To answer your question, I could wait, but then I wouldn't have it now!

We don't pay for our MSDN and TechNet Subscriptions for nothing. If you want it then pay for a subscription or go else where.

Saint Shiv said,
Well, I'm not asking for the "keys to your house." I just need to fix the leaky pipes! To answer your question, I could wait, but then I wouldn't have it now!


My pipes aren't leaking. They're fine

Very stable.
64 bit build is 14.0.4536.1000
On installation the setup didn't ask for the product key. However to activate I went into Word and help. Clicked change product key, and typed in my product key and then clicked ok and it activated office.

anyone knows how to get rid of the retarded file word in the backstage menu.
i want the normal office logo there. its better that way

Adaytay said,
You'll need to wait till later in the week then, sorry... keep watching Neowin!

Oh! I can't wait, i want to see how stable it is. Maybe someone will upload it on torrent.

Guys, especially those of you downloading through connect - please remember you're all still under NDA, so cannot discuss ANYTHING you may find in this build

Ummm it says on Connect part of the NDA is still in force. MVPs are furious as they are contractually obliged not to discuss any part of this build, apart from what has already been disclosed on the Office website. And MS are seriously enforcing this.

Adaytay said,
Guys, especially those of you downloading through connect - please remember you're all still under NDA, so cannot discuss ANYTHING you may find in this build


Untrue; the NDA was lifted shortly after the TGech Pewview was made available (per posts on the newsgroups and the Office 2010 page on Connect itself). There's a post (from me) in the Windows Beta forum corroborating this.

I'm downloading it from Technet right now and did not have to agree to or even see a NDA. Sure, there was probably one on the Tech Preview, but this is a public build and not through Connect, so all that means if the NDA is still active is that I still can't talk about the extremely outdated Tech Preview build.

That would make sense. So Help/About shows one thing and the properties of the installer (where people are getting 4514) shows another? Office versioning is not in perfect sync across every Office component.

I understand that technical testers get interim builds (or at least they used to back in the days before technical testing was deprecated), but it doesn't make sense that technical testers would get 14.0.4536.1000 at the same time as a milestone build. I don't recall anything like that happening before in Windows or Office.

Hurricane Andrew said,
Sounds like the previous "leak" is actually a newer build? (1009 vs 1004) Or perhaps just internal build numbering quirks?

Well the build numbers are 4514 and 4536 not the 4 digits at the end.

downloading from TechNet right now. 684.48 (MB) 1 multi activation key provided. Wont let me install it unless i uninstall the tech preview lol.

Well, duh. Every other version of Office in the past, including the betas, will not install if an older build is installed. At least (hopefully) people won't have trouble uninstalling it, like they did with the 2007 beta.

@EddiePwnsYou

news are that its same version as previous leaked beta from wzor... however we can expect geting 14.0.4536.1000 today bit later

How u know what the build number is?

MSDN subscriber downloads show a file: en_office_professional_plus_2010_beta_x64_x16-19234.exe, but until it's down I don't know build number

i just do someone posted screen with setup version 14.0.4514.1004. This means it has components from 1004-1009 aka same as wzor build from 3-4 weeks.

still1 said,
I am downloading from technet......... 749.9 mb for x64... good speed 725 kbps

Im getting about that too! Never seen it that fast before!

still1 said,
725kbs is slow.. some times the download speed goes to 2.5mbps :-)

Wow bro, in Australia that's considered extremely fast lol (at least outside major cities)

Billus said,
Wow bro, in Australia that's considered extremely fast lol (at least outside major cities)

lol... what would you say if you see the speed in Japan..... those guys have the fastest...

EddiePwnsYou said,
someone leaaaaaaaak this im dieingggggggg

Well, at least it's not serious, not like you're dying (or dyinggggggg).