Microsoft Office 2010 box art revealed

Polish site CentrumXP has revealed the official box art for Office 2010.

CentrumXP were the first to unveil the Windows 7 box art back in May this year so we're confident that this latest imagery is genuine. Microsoft confirmed earlier this week that demand for the Office 2010 beta had been strong as downloads 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.

Earlier last 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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Too much visual clutter! Keep it simpler Microsoft. It's nice to know programs come with it, but those crazy graphics look too 90's for me.

Also, they boxes should be smaller and be packaged in paper, because there's not much in the box but a disc and booklet, so that's a whole lot of plastic for something as simple as that.

LOL the Home & Business edition says "WE POO"! I'm glad they made it clear what you get with each edition but maybe they should re-order them

It's not like we will be hanging them on the wall....Will you? For most of us, the packaging will be stored in a dark place.... The box art won't be doing the advertising, It's the Billboards, Bus ads, online ads, Ext...you get my point (I hope).

Yeap. I don't see the hoopla about Box Art myself for that very reason. Especially for a product like Office where very very very little of its sales are made ad-hoc at retail. It isn't a comodity level staple product that can increase its sales a few percentage points by grabbing your attention first.

At least Office 2000 had a better box design:


Has anyone else noticed that since the release of Office 2003, the Office icons have considerably become uglier and uglier? Office 2003 had the best icons.

Better how? lol the office 2000 box, like all MS products of that era, had ugly box designs. They just don't look pleasing at all. They look like us, a geek, designed them lol

oliversl said,
I hope I can use Home&Student at work, since we don't use Outlook.

Umm, what part of 'home and student' don't you understand - you can't use it at work. Comprehende?

Personally, how the outer box looks to me is irrelevant. It's how good the product inside is and so far I'm impressed with the Office 2010 beta.

personally I think those watermarks take a lot away from the actual box art. I don't think they're terrible. They aren't as pretty as the UI, imho. Who cares though? Most people won't even get boxes, and if they do... you throw them away usually?

I like them. bold and different. for all those haters, i doubt you like anything they come up with!

Then again iWorks 09 box is pretty simple and screams 'designed by Apple'.

I hate the box art, and I am a wallpaper designer so I likely could come up with something better. Why take the time to make something they wont use though?

AnthoWin said,
I like them. bold and different. for all those haters, i doubt you like anything they come up with!

Then again iWorks 09 box is pretty simple and screams 'designed by Apple'.

I like a lot of stuff that Microsoft comes up with. These designs though I do not find appealing. They're rather ugly to be honest. I'm not a "hater" though by any means...

Well I heard a rumour that the OFFICE TEAM at Microsoft were the final say for any department in UI.. I hope thats not true looking at this image and the new icons for office!

Do box art really influence how people will buy their product or not? My office 2007 box is jammed deep in a shelf and probably covered with dust by now.

they aren't that bad, if anything it doesn't really matter. If you require an Office Suite and you go out looking for one, chances are you're getting Microsoft Office anyway.

Why does MS make so big boxes? They only contain a disc and a booklet. A thin square box would sufficiently do the job. And in addition to that outer box, there is an inner box, which actually is the disc and booklet container. A box in a box.

A thin square paper box containing the booklet and disc, which is placed in a paper envelop, would suffice. Less paper, less plastic, easily recycled more environment-friendly.

Yeah I agree.

We are past the days of software coming on 6+ floppies (I think I remember my first Office came on 41 3.5" floppy disks) and large printed manuals. The packaging needs to change too.

I Completely Agree For Online Distribution.
But when it comes to high street shops, they have to have Shelf Presence.

But To Be Honest, People know what Office is....

Have you seen the boxes in which Apple distributes its softwares? They are tiny. They get bigger only because they need to, and I don't think that their boxes offer less shelf presence.

That is the former "Small Business" edition which is what we use for our non-profit. Now it says it can only be used for academic purposes whatever that means. So I guess we're stuck buying the more expensive version just to get Publisher.

And in that case, we'll stick with 07 or go to Open Office, which is what I've been wanting to do anyway.

Most students would be more likely to browse directly to Hotmail, Yahoo, or GMail in order to check their e-mail, LOL! :P

If they were to use an e-mail client at all, the default e-mail clients that come with the OS would be more than sufficient for them. Outlook and other Exchange-based programs are more suited for businesses.

Yeah, but some of us Home users have email on Exchange servers at work. I'd rather have Outlook than OneNote. Also, getting more people familiar with Outlook might help MS sell more WinMo smartphone to students and home users. (Not saying other Smartphones don't sync perfectly well with Outlook too). But Microsoft should be pushing their brands.

MulletRobZ said,
Most students would be more likely to browse directly to Hotmail, Yahoo, or GMail in order to check their e-mail, LOL! :P

If they were to use an e-mail client at all, the default e-mail clients that come with the OS would be more than sufficient for them.


That would be personal email, not uni email.
Also Windows 7 doesn't come with a built -in client.
Anyway I've got Outlook already so meh! lol.

That's a biggie. I'm not sure about the whole package, though. I guess it'll just sit somewhere gathering dust after it's installed though.

REM2000 said,
im just pleased they clearly outline which products are included in the package, i.e. word, excel etc..

Yeah, that's important. I'm glad to see that too.

They've done that to 2007 as well, except they've included icons to match. Looks a bit cluttered though. The large icon on the right however makes it easier to distinguish the editions from each other, in comparison to the 2007 boxes that almost looked the same from a distance. So in the end, it's better and worse at the same time.

jasqid said,
Which one has Business Contact Manager? Thats all I need.

Probably Professional. I believe that is the version that had that in the past...

They are absolutely horrid, why didn't they just go with a simple gray/orange design with a nice big office logo in the front. With the included application's icons sitting at the bottom (25px from the bottom.).

EgyptianDuck said,
They are absolutely horrid, why didn't they just go with a simple gray/orange design with a nice big office logo in the front. With the included application's icons sitting at the bottom (25px from the bottom.).

"25px" by what scale?

Only the Professional Academic looks cool. And that's the one I'd be suited for! ;)

If anyone points out why one should upgrade from the ribbon-studded 2007, that is.

Office Professional Plus comes with InfoPath and SharePoint Workspace 2010 (Groove renamed) along with Communicator and the Office Web apps but is Volume License only, hence no retail box pic. Far as I can tell, Visio and Project are separate....

I think microsoft need to learn about Colour Theory. Those are awful.

They'd better get someone who knows about to design in quick.

Obraxis said,
I think microsoft need to learn about Colour Theory. Those are awful.

They'd better get someone who knows about to design in quick.


You can't teach obviously colour blind people Colour Theory.

As long as they use the same boxes as Windows 7 comes in or slimmer I'm fine with any art on it. The office 2007 boxes were huge.

The biggest problem with the box design for these and Windows is that for some stores that have to use spiderwraps on retail boxes, it's nearly impossible to keep them on them due to the curved corner. Totally defeats the purpose of the spiderwraps.

They're not too bad. They seem to be trying to have a more friendly, welcoming, warm feeling, family orientated rather than the strong business look they always used to have.

DarkNovaGamer said,
I picture more greyness on those boxes. :p

Oops, I meant to reply to the "Will the Mac version have similar boxart" comment.

lt8480 said,
Similar but I doubt it will be identical... but that's when it eventually comes out in 2011.

From what I understand Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac has been scheduled for a (late) 2010 release as well. Not entirely sure though.

But then again Microsoft MacBU isn't that good a following their own timeframes.

The packaging isn't that bad, but I have to say, the new icons they have for the individual programs are not nice looking. Office 2007 icons looked better, I feel.

devHead said,
The packaging isn't that bad, but I have to say, the new icons they have for the individual programs are not nice looking. Office 2007 icons looked better, I feel.

Interestingly enough, I like the icons but not the packaging. LOL To each their own I guess.

gifa47 said,
office pro academic? is this a new package? will it be available for MSDNAA?

I'm assuming that it's being called that because it includes the same applications in Office Professional. But I think that's a little confusing...

The packaging for the student edition has always been slightly different than the retail version. it has limits being the academic version. So they are trying to make it easier to notice that for the consumer.

Also, that packaging would only be for students who buy from academic resellers like JourneyEd. MSDNAA is download so there won't be a box.

thealexweb said,
They sure are fugly

It's a matter of opinion. I actually like the designs. The inclusion of the icon and name of each product in the package on the front cover helps with the confusion of knowing which edition contains which software.

Besides, why does anybody here really care? I'd be willing the bet the vast majority of people in this thread will not be purchasing them at retail, if at all.

toadeater said,
Look like shareware.

Looks like ugly fail shareware. OneCare might have sucked but at least it had a cool looking quater box thing.

these remind me of the epic "Microsoft® I-pod® PRO 2005® XP® Human Ear Professional Edition with Subscription" package.

Would have looked better if the color of the objects was a very light shade of the one of the box.

GetUsed2It said,
me 3 simple, nice

People who don't like are the same dumb ****s who liked the Vista UI design and have alienware like computer cases - skinny pencil necked geeks with zero understanding of what makes something ascetically pleasing.

DarkNovaGamer said,
Am I the only one that thinks those are ugly as sin?

I don't like them either. And Microsoft was doing so well with their graphic design and such too...

rawr_boy81 said,
People who don't like are the same dumb ****s who liked the Vista UI design and have alienware like computer cases - skinny pencil necked geeks with zero understanding of what makes something ascetically pleasing.

Ooooor... That's their opinion, as what people like aesthetically is after all subjective... Why you have to go over the top and call people names because they don't like it is beyond me... Did you personally design these?

brent3000 said,
its just a box... and it does what its ment to do...

I like it how they put the app icons inside the edition image on each box :)

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