Microsoft Office 2010 released to manufacturing (RTM)

Microsoft said on Friday that its new Office suite, due in May for businesses and June for consumers, has reached the released to manufacturing (RTM) milestone.

In a company blog posting, Takeshi Numoto - Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Office, confirmed that Microsoft had hit the RTM milestone. "RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our engineering team has poured their heart and soul into reaching this milestone," Numoto said. Microsoft also said that 7.5 million people download the beta version of Office 2010, 3 times the number of 2007 beta downloads.

Microsoft is currently running an Office 2010 Technology Guarantee. Neowin revealed Microsoft's plans for the guarantee program. Customers who purchase Office 2007, or a new PC with Office 2007, and activate it between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 will be offered a free upgrade to Office 2010. Copies will be available online, via download, at no additional cost.

Microsoft also confirmed that Volume License customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the RTM bits on April 27. MSDN and TechNet customers will be able to download Office 2010 RTM on April 22.

Microsoft is holding business launch event for Office 2010 in New York on May 12. Consumers will not be able to purchase the product until June. Although Microsoft officials will not confirm the exact date, Neowin firmly believes this will be June 15. In January Microsoft announced Office 2010 pricing. The professional edition will retail for $499 boxed.  Office 2010 will be released in at least five 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 include Starter, Home and Student, Home and Business, Professional and Professional Academic.

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Thanks for writing about Office 2010 reaching RTM. As 2010 enters the final stage before release, it is an exciting time for Office users - customizable ribbon, here we come! The Office 2010 Technology Guarantee is a great way to get a copy of 2010 when it becomes available. Also, 2010 can now be pre-ordered through many retailers. - Cassandra, MSFT Office Outreach

Are you guys 100% certain that MSDN and Tech Net will get it on April 22nd? So far I have not found any Official Microsoft Announcement from a Microsoft Employee on the web saying that this is true. I would also point out that Volume License Customers usually get such releases First, Not Second! I know this very well, because I am a Former MSDN and Technet Subscriber, and Customer Service always told me it's at the Web Master's Schedule when things get added, Just FYI.

I've discovered a shocking thing... I don't even need a full office software. I'm perfectly satisfied with Windows 7 Wordpad + Exel & PowerPoint Viewers on my home desktop. Simple

6205 said,
I've discovered a shocking thing... I don't even need a full office software. I'm perfectly satisfied with Windows 7 Wordpad + Exel & PowerPoint Viewers on my home desktop. Simple

try AbiWord. free but tons better than win 7 wordpad

Actually, the Home and Student Edition can be used on up to 3 computers, according to http://store.microsoft.com/ which is now accepting Pre-Orders to U.S.A. Residents for $149.99. I would also like to post a friendly reminder that MSDN and Technet Subscriptions are for Non-Production use only and may only be used in Test Environments Only, Just Fyi.

The smarter thing to do in that case would be to get Office 2007 Home & Student right now. It's $116.54 on Amazon. Then you get the 2010 version at no cost.

Save over 20% now and get what you really want later.

Edited by COKid, Apr 20 2010, 5:29am :

I forgot 2 mention the fact that the Micosoft Online Store (at the website that I previously mentioned), is giving away a free Backup Office 2010 DVD at no extra charge 4 the disk and free U.P.S. Ground Shipping when you Pre-Order it on their website.

How about just buying 2007 now and then getting 2010 for Free!!! That way you have 2 version, one for your PC and one for your laptop or something.

SHoTTa35 said,
How about just buying 2007 now and then getting 2010 for Free!!! That way you have 2 version, one for your PC and one for your laptop or something.

2007 itself allows installing one copy on laptop and one on desktop but 2010 single product key doesn't, only retail 2010 editions allow that. Plus by "upgrading" to 2010, you forfeit the right to use 2007.

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torrentthief said,
32BIT:
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SIZE: 3,490,926,592 byte
SHA1: 92F9B3BD1029A1FF524B8A2BD8EF4F7E5C304F5B
MD5: 78E007959180C6B8CFE840F1D9312A42
CRC: 1EA98A3F

64BIT:
BUILD: 14.0.4763.1000
FILE: 14.0.4763.1000_Select_volume_ship_x64_en-us_dvd.iso
SIZE: 4,018,466,816 byte
SHA1: 88E8A16A21C7C71E210282B39C54A0A782637580
MD5: 430A89F6F3FBB2AAB914E22DC1846093
CRC: 312F7C7A


You cannot post information like this on Neowin.

alfaaqua said,

You cannot post information like this on Neowin.

Yes, talking about file sizes and MD5 hashes is TOTALLY BANNED on this site.
/s

dancedar said,
The free version, Word/Excel (no ppt, outlook etc) - how is this available?

There is no free version. The Office starter package will only come pre-installed on PC's.

enjoyed, the technical preview & the beta.. i tried reporting all the bugs i encountered through send a smile/frown.. hope yall did the same

I briefly used the Office 2010 beta, definitely was interesting take on the second iteration of the "Ribbon".

The one thing I want to ask though, what about Mac users? Are they going to be eligible for this free upgrade also? I have a friend who just recently got Office 2008 for her iMac...

Osiris said,
ah good old technet *hugs subscription* looking forward to Apr 22

I have never really understood TechNet. I wanted to get a subscription as well, but I didn't because I was afraid there is a catch. 350 dollar per year for all software, whereas Windows 7 already is 300 and Office another 300. Isn't TechNet cheaper over the long run, and gives you a lot more software with that?

Kaidiir said,
Brilliant! Watching MSDNAA now
Unless your school got some special agreement, AFAIK, Office is not offered on ANY MSDNAAs. Visio and such are, but not Word, Power Point, Outlook, etc.

Good way to check is to look for 2007.

cybertimber2008 said,
Unless your school got some special agreement, AFAIK, Office is not offered on ANY MSDNAAs. Visio and such are, but not Word, Power Point, Outlook, etc.

Good way to check is to look for 2007.

Aye, just checked on this and you are correct. Blast. Oh well - student versions aren't expensive.

I wish Outlook was included in the free version I wonder how much it will cost to purchase just Outlook on its own, if that is even possible?

Paying for an office suite is SO stupid...
Sun's OpenOffice blows this - it may be less famous but it uses standards, open source and it's free. It has all the necessarily features an office suite needs.

Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface, being M$' boy, and some extra features most of you might not even use is beyond me. Sun has been really bad marketing OpenOffice but I'm glad it's an obvious choice for Linux users!

Tpiom said,
Paying for an office suite is SO stupid...
Sun's OpenOffice blows this - it may be less famous but it uses standards, open source and it's free. It has all the necessarily features an office suite needs.

Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface, being M{0}#039; boy, and some extra features most of you might not even use is beyond me. Sun has been really bad marketing OpenOffice but I'm glad it's an obvious choice for Linux users!

Yo Tpiom, I'm really happy for you, Imma let you finish, but Microsoft had the best Office Suite OF ALL TIME!

Tpiom said,
Paying for an office suite is SO stupid...
Sun's OpenOffice blows this - it may be less famous but it uses standards, open source and it's free. It has all the necessarily features an office suite needs.

Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface, being M{0}#039; boy, and some extra features most of you might not even use is beyond me. Sun has been really bad marketing OpenOffice but I'm glad it's an obvious choice for Linux users!

Who the hell pays $500 for an office suite? most people will get the Home & Student pack for NZ$197; if you get 2007 now you get a free upgrade to 2010 when it is release! come on, NZ$197 every three years, that works out to be $65 per year, or around $11 per week - you probably spend more money on coffee's each week than upgrading software that provides improved reliability, productivity and security.

Who the hell pays $500 for an office suite? Businesses.

And openoffice? Yeah, it's really great at connecting to an exchange server.

Microsoft doesn't need home users to buy office. They make their money of business licensing.

Tpiom said,
Paying for an office suite is SO stupid...
Sun's OpenOffice blows this - it may be less famous but it uses standards, open source and it's free. It has all the necessarily features an office suite needs.

Tell that to those that need Outlook/Exchange. OO can't even compete with it.


Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface, being M{0}#039; boy, and some extra features most of you might not even use is beyond me.

I've paid nowhere near that amount. Maybe you should know what you're talking about BEFORE you talk about it.


Sun has been really bad marketing OpenOffice but I'm glad it's an obvious choice for Linux users!

Yeah, 'cause we all know OSS is just soooo much better than anything else. /s

rev23dev said,
Who the hell pays $500 for an office suite? Businesses.

And openoffice? Yeah, it's really great at connecting to an exchange server.

Microsoft doesn't need home users to buy office. They make their money of business licensing.


+1

rev23dev said,
Who the hell pays $500 for an office suite? Businesses.

And openoffice? Yeah, it's really great at connecting to an exchange server.

Microsoft doesn't need home users to buy office. They make their money of business licensing.

Businesses don't pay $500 per seat; you really think they pay $500 per seat? what the hell do you do for a living because obviously you don't have the slightest clue on how enterprise customers obtain their software; just a subtle hint - they don't jump onto New Egg or PriceSpy and order 50,000 boxes of Office.

Tpiom said,
Paying for an office suite is SO stupid...
Sun's OpenOffice blows this - it may be less famous but it uses standards, open source and it's free. It has all the necessarily features an office suite needs.

Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface, being M{0}#039; boy, and some extra features most of you might not even use is beyond me. Sun has been really bad marketing OpenOffice but I'm glad it's an obvious choice for Linux users!


OoO is all good but one thing is just discusting about it....

Java.

alfaaqua said,

OoO is all good but one thing is just discusting about it....

Java.

Java isn't a required component for it to run - unless you're wanting to use the database function.

Mind you, I heard rumours it is going to get worse as more components are going to start being written in JavaFX

rawr_boy81 said,

Businesses don't pay $500 per seat; you really think they pay $500 per seat? what the hell do you do for a living because obviously you don't have the slightest clue on how enterprise customers obtain their software; just a subtle hint - they don't jump onto New Egg or PriceSpy and order 50,000 boxes of Office.

Calm down. What do I do for a living? I'm a small business owner/software developer who has worked in many large corporations before becoming an entrepreneur. I'm quite aware of volume licensing. I was simply making a point, you didn't have to get all literal. Besides that, yes, Office does rack up to be quite a bit when you're paying for volume licensing. So just calm down over there.

Tpiom said,

Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface

Yeah, go back to making spreadsheets with vi or nano in Linux. Apparently you don't like and need interfaces anyway, so just do it textbased!

I on the otherhand, want to be as productive as possible. Having a good and modern UI does 99% of that job.

But seriously. Do you really think 500 bucks is a lot of money, if that indeed adds up to a lot better productivity? And it DOES! 500 bucks, that is less than what almost every employee costs per week. In other words: Entirely nothing for a company.

Edited by RuuddieBoy, Apr 17 2010, 1:18pm :

Tpiom said,
Paying for an office suite is SO stupid...
Sun's OpenOffice blows this - it may be less famous but it uses standards, open source and it's free. It has all the necessarily features an office suite needs.

Paying $500 for a fancy (and clunky if you ask me) interface, being M$' boy, and some extra features most of you might not even use is beyond me. Sun has been really bad marketing OpenOffice but I'm glad it's an obvious choice for Linux users!

most businesses pay nowhere near that. At work we pay like $50 dollars for professional plus. If we get it through tech soup then $6 a copy

rawr_boy81 said,

Who the hell pays $500 for an office suite? most people will get the Home & Student pack for NZ$197; if you get 2007 now you get a free upgrade to 2010 when it is release! come on, NZ$197 every three years, that works out to be $65 per year, or around $11 per week - you probably spend more money on coffee's each week than upgrading software that provides improved reliability, productivity and security.


Uh... yeah, you get a "standardised" office suit that is unusable and ballocks. You gotta realise that the "standard" for people around the world is Office.

rawr_boy81 said,

Who the hell pays $500 for an office suite? most people will get the Home & Student pack for NZ$197; if you get 2007 now you get a free upgrade to 2010 when it is release! come on, NZ$197 every three years, that works out to be $65 per year, or around $11 per week - you probably spend more money on coffee's each week than upgrading software that provides improved reliability, productivity and security.

Actually if you're a student, you can get the Ultimate Office "Steal" for 59.00 which also entitles you to a free copy of 2010 when it is released. You sure can't beat that.

Very awesome that Microsoft is offering a discounted 'Home and Business' edition for those running small businesses and also a free ad-supported version for those who want it.

Ely said,
So what's the final build number guys?

We're awaiting confirmation but the whole team is celebrating in building 36 right now

Tom W said,
We're awaiting confirmation but the whole team is celebrating in building 36 right now

Does it involve cocaine and strippers like the former CEO of BroadCom?

Great news! Looking forward to downloading the final version and hopefully deploying it at work in the near future.

opensuse said,
Deploy Openoffice and save your company a lot of money.

most bussinesses have a windows network, and office fits neatly with the services provided by MS and/or win2k8

opensuse said,
Deploy Openoffice and save your company a lot of money.

No. Losing productivity in exchange for saving what amounts to corporate chump change is bad business. It's called Penny wise and Pound foolish...

opensuse said,
Deploy Openoffice and save your company a lot of money.

lol, good one, good one. What next, lets replace all the computers with Mac's and iWork! ye ha! watch that productivity drop like a stone!

opensuse said,
Deploy Openoffice and save your company a lot of money.

And what if your company uses e-mail (and most do, even if it isn't Exchange)?

That means you'll still need an e-mail client, and like it or not, Outlook is one of the best e-mail clients around (though it's still considered by others primarily an Exchange client, it's been my overall e-mail client of choice since it's launch).

opensuse said,
Deploy Openoffice and save your company a lot of money.

But make up for the saved money in repetitive training sessions and compat issues

SHoTTa35 said,
Definitely not, they are up to waay past that by now. 4763 was seen recently.

4762 for Word, and 4751 for Visio.

Hope the fixed all the bugs they recently found using idle PCs at Microsoft, also did they actually have a public RC in the end?

thealexweb said,
Hope the fixed all the bugs they recently found using idle PCs at Microsoft, also did they actually have a public RC in the end?
Fairly sure the story was about how many bugs they *fixed* as a result of the fuzzing.

Kirkburn said,
Fairly sure the story was about how many bugs they *fixed* as a result of the fuzzing.

They said they found 1800 bugs related to fuzzing but it is important to realise that not all of them are security related nor are all of them critical; some of them are really stupid bugs like a icon turns grey instead of blue (for example). There are lots of small little bugs like that in all software, so bug numbers shouldn't be used as an indicator of how good or bad a piece of software is.

Anaron said,
Awesome news. Hopefully, it'll be on TechNet/MSDN soon.

yeah... love the technet.... hit the web before anyone could try it.

tuxplorer said,
Still doesn't completely support ISO standardized version of Open XML
...but neither does anything else.

Edited by Arkose, Apr 17 2010, 8:41pm :

TCLN Ryster said,
Beta? Buggy? :shocked: !

In all honesty, I was shocked to see Powerpoint, Word and Excel 2010 beta being buggy.
Let me explain : It's the same software as 2007, but with a white interface, a new menu and MAYBE a few tidbits here and there, but I didn't notice them after 2 months of use.

I wrote down my bugs from Office 2007 in these applications and realized that they were still there in 2010 beta. Same bugs, same bad behaviours.

So in my opinion, they didn't put any time in these 3 apps and they put their time on others like Visio, Project, ... because they had really old interfaces and they were abominable to use. Now they're pretty good with the Ribbon interface.

-TV- said,
I used the beta, was buggy, but i liked it.

I found bugs, too. Did you report them using "Send a Smile/Frown"?

I also found UI inconsistencies and reported them, too. For example, I told them that Excel should also have shortcuts for Copy Formatting and Paste Formatting (SHIFT+CTRL+C and SHIFT+CTRL+V) just like in Word and PowerPoin t.

PsykX said,

In all honesty, I was shocked to see Powerpoint, Word and Excel 2010 beta being buggy.
Let me explain : It's the same software as 2007, but with a white interface, a new menu and MAYBE a few tidbits here and there, but I didn't notice them after 2 months of use.

I wrote down my bugs from Office 2007 in these applications and realized that they were still there in 2010 beta. Same bugs, same bad behaviours.

So in my opinion, they didn't put any time in these 3 apps and they put their time on others like Visio, Project, ... because they had really old interfaces and they were abominable to use. Now they're pretty good with the Ribbon interface.

pikablu0530 said,

Re: PsykX's comment, I think the major change in 2010 is not about the UI (for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) but the focus is on co-authoring (multiple persons editing the same doc at the same time), and that document may be stored over the network or on the internet on Windows Live. That's a one big plus for Office.

Edit: Sorry for double post, pressed "Add Reply" too quickly, there needs to be an edit function for these comments.

PsykX said,

In all honesty, I was shocked to see Powerpoint, Word and Excel 2010 beta being buggy.
Let me explain : It's the same software as 2007, but with a white interface, a new menu and MAYBE a few tidbits here and there, but I didn't notice them after 2 months of use.

I wrote down my bugs from Office 2007 in these applications and realized that they were still there in 2010 beta. Same bugs, same bad behaviours.

So in my opinion, they didn't put any time in these 3 apps and they put their time on others like Visio, Project, ... because they had really old interfaces and they were abominable to use. Now they're pretty good with the Ribbon interface.

You mean those bugs that only you seem to trip over? maybe God, Jesus, the FSM is sending you a clear message about your setup - that you're the source of the problem, that is a problem related to PEBKAC.

rawr_boy81 said,
You mean those bugs that only you seem to trip over? maybe God, Jesus, the FSM is sending you a clear message about your setup - that you're the source of the problem, that is a problem related to PEBKAC.

That's the most random message I've ever seen. It's definitely bugs on all systems I've ever tried with Office 2007 on them (more than 50 so far). What can you say...

What bugs are you talking about? The only one I've encountered is sometimes I can't right click the taskbar icon for Excel and get my recently used documents list.

NeoandGeo said,
What bugs are you talking about? The only one I've encountered is sometimes I can't right click the taskbar icon for Excel and get my recently used documents list.

You see the borders Word creates around mathematical formulas inline with your document? Well, sometimes when you scroll around the document while editing an equation, the border is simply not placed at the good position, and it cuts the equation in two. And if you deselect the equation and select another one, the blue border will STILL be misplaced. You have to reboot Word.

Also, write down some text. Use the style "Strong". Now, reselect the text and use the style "Normal". It won't turn back to normal, it'll stay strong... you'll have to click the "Bold" button instead. But if you click on a Header style, it'll work if I'm not mistaken.

When you write down an equation inline with text, in the middle of a sentence, you will want to add a space before the equation and another space after. Word will underline this in green, as if the equation wasn't there and you added two spaces between a word, which is not the case.

SmartArts are so screwed up and they didn't even change them a bit. if you create, say an organigram. The font used in one square will be the same used in every square (even the size). So if you have a lot of text to write in one square, it'll shrink down the text in every other cell to make it so small you won't even be able to see it. And you can't change it back, or it'll screw your SmartArt completely.

Also, sometimes the SmartArt becomes a whole glitch in itself when you move elements around, I never understood why or how. but it makes a whole graphical glitch... well you THINK it's a graphical glitch, but Word really DID throw in **** in your SmartArt to make it look like that. This one's hard to describe and happens randomly, but often if you play with SmartArts a lot.

Those are my main bugs, but there are others

Edited by PyX, Apr 17 2010, 7:15pm :