Office 2010 now available on MSDN/TechNet

Microsoft has released the final build (4763.1000) of Office 2010 to MSDN and TechNet subscribers today.

Microsoft said on Friday that its new Office suite, due in May for businesses and June for consumers, had reached the released to manufacturing (RTM) milestone. The build leaked shortly after the official RTM announcement last Friday. Volume License customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the RTM bits on April 27

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 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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Hopefully they will release Office 2010 to Action Pack subscribers soon as well. Can't wait Usually get released a few days after MSDN releases.

MS recommend installing the 32bit version for compatibility from what I've read, unless you're using large excel spreadsheets...

nice to have a 64bit version though!

A little late chiming in on this news, but I just installed the 64-bit version on Win7 and it loads MUCH faster than the 32-bit 2007 versions. I know it's comparing apples to oranges, but since 2007 didn't have a 64-bit option, that's the only comparison I can really make. :~)

Glen said,
A little late chiming in on this news, but I just installed the 64-bit version on Win7 and it loads MUCH faster than the 32-bit 2007 versions. I know it's comparing apples to oranges, but since 2007 didn't have a 64-bit option, that's the only comparison I can really make. :~)

Didn't I make that exact point in my posts in the Office 2010 beta threads on Neowin's forums?

I called Office 2010 x64 nothing less than the best version of Office from a user POV they have ever done, and I go all the way back to Office 95 (the first 32-bit version of Office). And the real surprising thing about that is that the improvements aren't confined to the applications expected to improve the most from the x64 move (Excel and Access) but even Word and Outlook improved a lot (Outlook may actually be the biggest surprise for most Office users, especially those that don't connect to Exchange).

Download, install, and then hang on.

LUser said,
Those who have MSDN/Technet accounts are lucky.

Ermm. It's not really about "luck", it's about the fact that I have had to pay a lot of money for an MSDN subscription.

rev23dev said,

Ermm. It's not really about "luck", it's about the fact that I have had to pay a lot of money for an MSDN subscription.

"A lot of money" isn't the phrase man. More like "a swimming pool of money".

rev23dev said,

Ermm. It's not really about "luck", it's about the fact that I have had to pay a lot of money for an MSDN subscription.

My point is that you have the fortune to support a MSDN/Technet account unlike me. That is exactly what I meant by 'luck' above.

I am signed in to the msdn site however.. where is the link to download it .. either I am blind or on the wrong page... can someone email me the direct link ?I am a memeber just can not find where it is

djstar8 said,
I am signed in to the msdn site however.. where is the link to download it .. either I am blind or on the wrong page... can someone email me the direct link ?I am a memeber just can not find where it is

What level of subscription do you have if you don't mind me asking? If you have the operating systems level subscription, they don't offer office with it (or at least they didn't when I had it about 1 1/2 years ago).

I can't see my online archive within outlook 2010. Strange. it's there in OWA.

I did a fresh install, removing office 2007 first...

anyone know what the problem could be? I though the archive would just appear out of the box.

I am using Exchange 2010...

thanks

dimithrak said,
Well, guess I am reverting back to 07 .. dont have the money for 2010... this really blows
if you know where to look, money is not an issue. but save up some money and buy Office 2010

warwagon said,
Just looks like 2007 with a slightly different UI

You want a radical redesign of the UI with every release?

NeoRaZor said,

Today... and I have it just not installed yet...

Perhaps I'm confused. You don't have to install anything to use Microsoft Office Web Apps, right?

Greenstein said,
Perhaps I'm confused. You don't have to install anything to use Microsoft Office Web Apps, right?

Your confused you need to load the server aspect of it on an IIS server to host the Microsoft Office Web Apps

Francis Yates said,

Your confused you need to load the server aspect of it on an IIS server to host the Microsoft Office Web Apps

Interesting, so it sounds like to me its really not like Google Docs, which I thought it was.

Greenstein said,
Interesting, so it sounds like to me its really not like Google Docs, which I thought it was.

He's confused, that download is for people running it for their enterprise. Web apps is still in beta and is just like Google Docs.

SHoTTa35 said,

He's confused, that download is for people running it for their enterprise. Web apps is still in beta and is just like Google Docs.

I second what he said. Yes, a server version was released, but that's for Sharepoint or other server users.

If you have a Windows Live account, you can use some of the products/features in Skydrive. They've not done anything to it in months.

njn007 said,
I forget but what's the date for MSDNAA? Or is it not going to be put on it?
Varies by institution - some are quicker than others at adding new software.
Also, as far as I'm aware, MSDNAA doesn't offer Office; you'll only get Access, Visio, Project, OneNote and InfoPath.

Fr3d said,
Varies by institution - some are quicker than others at adding new software.
Also, as far as I'm aware, MSDNAA doesn't offer Office; you'll only get Access, Visio, Project, OneNote and InfoPath.

Well they offer certain products, but for a RTM, you'd think they'd add it without a doubt, right?

Or at least I would.

They still haven't added VS 2010, but I got that through Dreamspark.

Time to contact the tech department (no not really)!

njn007 said,

Well they offer certain products, but for a RTM, you'd think they'd add it without a doubt, right?

Or at least I would.

They still haven't added VS 2010, but I got that through Dreamspark.

Time to contact the tech department (no not really)!

Office is not a product that is made available through MSDNAA.

Tom Z said,

Office is not a product that is made available through MSDNAA.

pretty sure thats not true, offers seperate programs but its there.

Edited by Arkaic, Apr 23 2010, 12:27pm :

FireBomb said,

pretty sure thats not true, offers seperate programs but its there.

Pretty sure that it is true.

From the MSDNAA FAQ on Microsoft.com

"Q. Does the membership include Office?

A. No, the membership does not include Office. The focus of the MSDN Academic Alliance is on providing departments, faculty, and students with the tools necessary for specialized research and study in software development and testing. Thus, we provide products and technologies such as Windows client and server operating systems, Visual Studio, SQL Server, and Platform SDK.

Office is not in line with these specific goals, since the program is primarily focused on high-end technologies rather than basic office and consumer applications. However, the MSDN Library does include developer documentation for Office.

Departments may obtain Office and other products at academic discounts through existing licensing programs from Microsoft. Please visit the Microsoft Education Web site for more information."

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/bb250616.aspx

Tom Z said,

Pretty sure that it is true.

From the MSDNAA FAQ on Microsoft.com

"Q. Does the membership include Office?

A. No, the membership does not include Office. The focus of the MSDN Academic Alliance is on providing departments, faculty, and students with the tools necessary for specialized research and study in software development and testing. Thus, we provide products and technologies such as Windows client and server operating systems, Visual Studio, SQL Server, and Platform SDK.

Office is not in line with these specific goals, since the program is primarily focused on high-end technologies rather than basic office and consumer applications. However, the MSDN Library does include developer documentation for Office.

Departments may obtain Office and other products at academic discounts through existing licensing programs from Microsoft. Please visit the Microsoft Education Web site for more information."

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/academic/bb250616.aspx

Let's not start an argument, but FireBomb is right. I have seen certain products on there already. There is no loss in putting an RTM up anyway. They might even add the Professional Academic version when it comes out since it's fitting for students. I doubt it, but the RTM shouldn't be a problem to put up.

I'm so glad the shortcuts simply say 'Microsoft Access' and 'Microsoft Word', not that foolish 'Microsoft Office Word' nonsense. I'm like, I know it's Office! I don't need it in each name of the program.

Little odd that all the currently released Office 2010 apps, including Office, Project, Visio, etc. are all .exe files and not the normal .ISO that they usually post. I just extracted them all and put them all on a single DVD.

To piggy-back on that:

During setup, a folder will be created in
C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\AppData\Local\Temp

The folder will start with the letters "OW"

I simply created a iso from that folder using imgburn and burned it to a CD.

(Note: To find that folder, you need to show hidden folders. The setting is in the Control Panel in "Folder Options".)

Edited by COKid, Apr 22 2010, 10:37pm :

presence06 said,
Is there a beta yet for Mac Office 2011?

Nope, don't think there will be a public beta of that. Remember, Mac's "Just work".

presence06 said,

I guess so

In all seriousness though, its easier to replicate scenarios on Macs because there are less hardware combinations to test on. So I do not see them releasing a beta, still possible though.

DarkNovaGamer said,

In all seriousness though, its easier to replicate scenarios on Macs because there are less hardware combinations to test on. So I do not see them releasing a beta, still possible though.

Is there a release date for it? I haven't read anything about a date yet.

presence06 said,
Is there a beta yet for Mac Office 2011?

Beta 2 leaked all over the internet.

Edited by .Neo, Apr 22 2010, 5:45pm :

presence06 said,

Is there a release date for it? I haven't read anything about a date yet.

Microsoft is very quiet when it comes to release dates. I see it releasing late this year (closer to 2011) or early next year (since it is Office "2011").

Of course these are just my opinions, I've not seen a release date announced yet. I have a hackintosh so I try to keep up with both OS X and Windows related things.

Downloading now...can you install/upgrade from 2007? I have a lot of stuff customized in 07 that I dont want to have to redo.

techbeck said,
Downloading now...can you install/upgrade from 2007? I have a lot of stuff customized in 07 that I dont want to have to redo.

If you stick with the 32bit version yes however if you want to go to the x64 version (like me) you will have to uninstall all 32bit Office Apps first. Visio, SharePoint Designer...etc...

presence06 said,
Me likey the new Outlook It's purty.

Just wait until you actually take it for a spin (especially the x64 version), and especially if you *don't* connect to Exchange.

Normally I hate (no, hate's to weak; I *loathe*) IMAP with fervor. However, Outlook is the first (and so far, only) auto-configuring e-mail client that works just as hands-off with IMAP or POP3 as it does with Exchange. (The one advantage that IMAP has for clients that support it is that it is mostly self-configuring; Outlook is pretty much self-configuring for any mail service that uses POP3 or IMAP. GMail is now just as easy to set up (if not easier) as any other mail service (GMail uses either POP3 or IMAP, but IMAP is the default), and my ISP (which uses POP3) is just as painless. I haven't used Outlook as an Exchange client in nine years; 2010 has given me even more reason to stay put!

I read 4763 is only in some parts - things which were completed before on previous builds - like Word - have lower build numbers - that's what I read.

I am still confused about choosing the bit 32 or 64.
I dont think i have ever used adins. dont want to waste an activation

still1 said,
I am still confused about choosing the bit 32 or 64.
I dont think i have ever used adins. dont want to waste an activation

Microsoft recomended 32, as there is less compatability problems. If you need huge databases etc.. then 64 would be bettter. I went 32 as I could sync my iPhone

Ytterbium said,

Microsoft recomended 32, as there is less compatability problems. If you need huge databases etc.. then 64 would be bettter. I went 32 as I could sync my iPhone

Is there an issue with syncing an iPhone with the 64bit version of Outlook 2010? I haven't downloaded the image file from technet yet since I'm at work, but I have an iPhone 3GS and was planning on going with the 64bit version of Office 2010.

IceBreakerG said,

Is there an issue with syncing an iPhone with the 64bit version of Outlook 2010? I haven't downloaded the image file from technet yet since I'm at work, but I have an iPhone 3GS and was planning on going with the 64bit version of Office 2010.

iTunes is 32bit so it can't talk to the 64bit outlook, I have a 3GS as well, Apple need to update before you can switch to 64.

Ytterbium said,

iTunes is 32bit so it can't talk to the 64bit outlook, I have a 3GS as well, Apple need to update before you can switch to 64.

But doesn't iTunes has a 64-bit Download?

DarkNovaGamer said,

But doesn't iTunes has a 64-bit Download?

The driver and maybe some of the underlying services are 64-bit but iTunes itself is still 32-bit.

Rob2687 said,

The driver and maybe some of the underlying services are 64-bit but iTunes itself is still 32-bit.

Weak. Seriously weak. I was pretty much set on using the 64bit version too. Guess I can still use the 64bit version on my laptop since I don't sync my phone with it, and use the 32bit version on my desktop then. I was thinking the 64bit version of iTunes was "actually" 64bit, not just the drivers

still1 said,
I am still confused about choosing the bit 32 or 64.
I dont think i have ever used adins. dont want to waste an activation

Well, running Windows 7 Ultimate here, will run 64-bit Office.

If I need to run 32-bit apps I fire up XP Mode. So those who can't sync (lame Apple, lame) can run 64 bit on their desktop and 32-bit in XP to sync.

PeterTHX said,

Well, running Windows 7 Ultimate here, will run 64-bit Office.

If I need to run 32-bit apps I fire up XP Mode. So those who can't sync (lame Apple, lame) can run 64 bit on their desktop and 32-bit in XP to sync.

Lame Apple? Do you think the Adobe plugin is compatible with 64bit Office? Probably not..

Also RIM's Desktop Manager doesn't even play well with Outlook 2010 32bit, so shame all them too! At least the iPhone can still sync properly with 2010 it seems.

IceBreakerG said,

Weak. Seriously weak. I was pretty much set on using the 64bit version too. Guess I can still use the 64bit version on my laptop since I don't sync my phone with it, and use the 32bit version on my desktop then. I was thinking the 64bit version of iTunes was "actually" 64bit, not just the drivers

That is why I'm glad I was able to get rid of the plug-ins and add-ins that were holding me hostage. (In my case, it was ODF/PDF converter plug-ins and add-ins; for once, Office itself is more than fast enough where I can 86 the add-ins and plug-ins.) Office 2010 x64 FTW

someone take a screenshot of the about dialog box and see if it says 4760.1000 or 4763.1000 as the leaked version a few days ago says 4760.1000.

Also post MD5 hashes for the ultimate version.

torrentthief said,
someone take a screenshot of the about dialog box and see if it says 4760.1000 or 4763.1000 as the leaked version a few days ago says 4760.1000.

Also post MD5 hashes for the ultimate version.

I think you mean the Professional Plus version as I'm fairly certain there is no Ultimate version.

torrentthief said,
someone take a screenshot of the about dialog box and see if it says 4760.1000 or 4763.1000 as the leaked version a few days ago says 4760.1000.

Also post MD5 hashes for the ultimate version.


hehe you pirate kidding
There is no ultimate version. its the professional plus.
64 bit
SHA1: 7C2F2D5F8C273724EEC70A9EFA2DDD800FE3265F
32 bit
SHA1: 0E1840BF1AA81077692AF651BEFB75648CD9FAA7

Edited by still1, Apr 22 2010, 5:33pm :

DarkNovaGamer said,

I think you mean the Professional Plus version as I'm fairly certain there is no Ultimate version.

Nyet on Ultimate; however, that isn't news. Mondo *was* going to replace both Ultimate and Enterprise (but become available only via Select and Software Assurance); instead, Professional Plus replaced them both.

Professional Plus was also the SKU made available to most *traditional* testers and via other programs (like CPP). I will say this about Office 2010 x64 - it will doubtless drive development of x64-ready plug-ins.

garygarfield said,
alraedy downloaded...only one key released...my friends have to wait till april 30

Not that I would recommend handing out keys to others since that is against your agreement with MSDN or Technet, but Retail keys usually can be used and activated on up to 10 different machines.

only 1 license key? what's up with that?
"Additional keys will be made available on 4/30"

where's the VA 1.0 terminal server license key which doesn't require activation? have those for office 2007/2003

leo221 said,
only 1 license key? what's up with that?
"Additional keys will be made available on 4/30"

where's the VA 1.0 terminal server license key which doesn't require activation? have those for office 2007/2003

Office 2010 does not use VA 1.0 anymore. It uses VA 2.0.

The free upgrade works for the "ultimate steal" deal. Buy Office Ultimate 2007 for $59 and you can upgrade to 2010 Pro, there is no 2010 Ultimate.

Doli said,
The free upgrade works for the "ultimate steal" deal. Buy Office Ultimate 2007 for $59 and you can upgrade to 2010 Pro, there is no 2010 Ultimate.

Where are you getting Office Ultimate for 59 dollars?

Doli said,
The free upgrade works for the "ultimate steal" deal. Buy Office Ultimate 2007 for $59 and you can upgrade to 2010 Pro, there is no 2010 Ultimate.

Nice tip. I'm not in college but my sister is.... I wish these deals applied to all non-commercial use

Shadrack said,

Nice tip. I'm not in college but my sister is.... I wish these deals applied to all non-commercial use

Who's gonna check?

Shadrack said,

Nice tip. I'm not in college but my sister is.... I wish these deals applied to all non-commercial use


To qualify you must be a college student and have a college-campus e-mail address (which they use to verify if you are a student or not). Then they send you the the secret link via e-mail.

Doli said,
The free upgrade works for the "ultimate steal" deal. Buy Office Ultimate 2007 for $59 and you can upgrade to 2010 Pro, there is no 2010 Ultimate.

I'm liking this. 59 bucks instead of 99 bucks for Office Pro 2010 (academic pricing @ $99). Think I'll snag one!

Andrew Lyle said,
Sweet!

The Free Ad-Supported Version is worth it! The ads are clean-looking anyway. I'd choose Office 2010 Free over OpenOffice, Google Docs, and maybe even Office WebApps!

aznkid25 said,
Is it only Professional Plus available? Where are the other versions?

Yeah, I noticed that. I wonder when the rest are going to be made available.

Likely after the 30th of April. I noticed that Technet Subscribers can only get one key as well, but more will be made available after 30 April. Patience young padowan.

Edited by devHead, Apr 22 2010, 6:30pm :

devHead said,
Likely after the 30th of April. I noticed that Technet Subscribers can only get one key as well, but more will be made available after 30 April. Patience young padowan.
yeah.. but all you need is prof plus and 1 key(10 activation) for now... I think i can wait on that for a week.

aznkid25 said,
Is it only Professional Plus available? Where are the other versions?

Does Professional Plus 2010 include OneNote? I need to know this...I hope it does!

andrewbares said,

Does Professional Plus 2010 include OneNote? I need to know this...I hope it does!


Certainly does. Pro plus seems to be the highest tiered Office this time around.

Joshie said,

Certainly does. Pro plus seems to be the highest tiered Office this time around.

Ahh I see. Thanks! OneNot is essential for tablet PC's, and it's pretty well improved in 2010, love it

devHead said,
Snagging that puppy now, plus Visio. Woohoo!

Lucky man, i'll wait till I purchase my new lappy to get a copy or the upgrade version.