Sign up for the Office 2010 Technical Preview, due in July

There's been a few pieces of news regarding Office 2010 recently; most have involved screenshots, or something of the like, but here's something we think you'll really enjoy: Microsoft has opened the sign-up pages for the Office 2010 Technical Preview, which will be hitting a PC near you sometime in July this year.

We know that you won't want any garbage, and just want to get the link, so please head over here if you're interested in testing the latest iteration of Microsoft's Office suite. However, fret not if you don't manage to secure an invite, as Office 2010 has been noted that it's coming "this summer." Office 2010 will be coming in both 32-bit and 64-bit variations, which is the first edition of the suite to do so, and will be available on Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista and Windows 7, naturally.

You can find below a quick Q&A from the Office 2010 team, via a Technet blog:

Q: What is technical preview?

A: Technical preview is an engineering milestone leading towards RTM that Office 2010 and related products will reach in July 2009.

Q: Will customers or partners be given access to the products at the technical preview milestone?

A: Beginning at the technical preview milestone, we will conduct an invitation only technical preview program where participants will able to experience Office Professional Plus 2010 and Visio 2010. You can sign up to be on the list for entry at office2010themovie.com.

Q: Will I need to upgrade hardware to install Office 2010 and related products?

A: Office 2010 Suite products are offered in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions so customers will not be required to upgrade 32-bit PC's and Laptops to 64-bit hardware to run Office 2010 Suite Products. Certain hardware configurations and operating system versions customers currently have deployed may require an upgrade to run server and client products.

If you're in need of a bit of a laugh, then head over to a promotional site for Office 2010, called Office 2010: The Movie. It features a short theatrical trailer of the 'movie', embedded below.

Update: A quick update here for those interested, the Twitter account for Office 2010 (it's the official one, at least according to the movie website) has stated that, "Office 2010 will include Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks integrated right into Word. That's just a hint of what's to come!"

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The twitter account that is mentioned in the update has no affiliation with the MS Office Team. It's the same Twitter account that was spouting off about a possible Zune Phone announcement in June. I would be wary about the Twitter/Facebook integration. That being said, I have signed up, and cannot wait to get my hands on the Tech Preview of Office 2010 x64.

haha thats a funny trailer.. it almost seems like a comedic trailer.. but yet excited to see office 2010!.. you know.. Microsoft should really get creative with their names.. why 2010? cant they think of something else?

What online services will be included with office? Is it known?

I much prefer a desktop office suite but find myself using online services because accessing documents from anywhere and easily sharing/collaborating is a big enough feature to make me overlook the deficiencies in the tools themselves.

trag3dy said,
lol @ Office 2010 - The Movie


It shows that the Office dev team does not even come close to taking itself seriously. Obviously, something's been added to whatever they are drinking on the Microsoft campus, as they have severely *loosened their collar* (first the *Mojave Experiment*, then "I'm a PC.", now this).

PGHammer said,
It shows that the Office dev team does not even come close to taking itself seriously. Obviously, something's been added to whatever they are drinking on the Microsoft campus, as they have severely *loosened their collar* (first the *Mojave Experiment*, then "I'm a PC.", now this).

And this is a good thing. They don't want to be the serious, boring business company... that's been their image up until recently. Keep in mind that Apple has taken complete advantage of this.

The good thing is integration of social networking tools, but if network admin blocks them the plug-ins will be useless and word will be just word but for home users it will bet terrific, signed up and looking forward to 64bit version.

Ah, but there's one problem... in June I'll be out of school, which means I won't really have any use for OneNote until I go back. So... worst time for me to test it.

I don't have a problem with them putting "social networking" plugins into word, as long as sys administrators can DISABLE THIS. Office drones try to waste enough time with this garbage during the day. We have just about every IM, social networking BS disabled, including hotmail, yahoo mail, AOL mail etc locked out. Work is for work at our office, not "socializing".

naap51stang said,
I don't have a problem with them putting "social networking" plugins into word, as long as sys administrators can DISABLE THIS. Office drones try to waste enough time with this garbage during the day. We have just about every IM, social networking BS disabled, including hotmail, yahoo mail, AOL mail etc locked out. Work is for work at our office, not "socializing".

Good point, hopefully you are right as that would be a big issue I could see happening. The name of the product states its use, office for the office, and extras are well, extras [that need the option for disabling].

naap51stang said,
I don't have a problem with them putting "social networking" plugins into word, as long as sys administrators can DISABLE THIS. Office drones try to waste enough time with this garbage during the day. We have just about every IM, social networking BS disabled, including hotmail, yahoo mail, AOL mail etc locked out. Work is for work at our office, not "socializing".

Was there a study recently published stating that employees who are allowed to spend time on facebook and youtube where more productive?

Can't wait, already signed up. Following the development of Windows 7 was great, hope the Office experience will be interesting as well

Signedup, let's see what happens. It was fun being able to access the betas of Office 2007, don't remember if they were public or some sort of preview program like this one. This will be fun.

Yeah, it will be the 2007 beta was public and I was so impressed with 2007 during the beta I went out and bought it soon as it was available to buy (first ever version of Office I actually bought - I was that impressed)

The Tech Preview was by invite only, it was only the second Beta that was public. But I agree, definitely an improvement. I was very hesitant to move to 2007, but the company I joined last June use this exclusively, and I've now used it for 12 months, and develop applications in it, and it's ace.

evolution people,evolution. Reaching new parts of the marked is everything.
The more universal the software is, the more they will sell.

morphen said,
evolution people,evolution. Reaching new parts of the marked is everything.
The more universal the software is, the more they will sell.

Bingo.

I'm with Frazell on this one (couldn't quote... not sure why). I imagine I would use the Twitter and Facebook integration in Word... but that's the problem. It would decrease productivity, heh.

I think it's a good idea though. It seems like they took the live writer bits and added them into word so you can publish up to the web with it.

Kinda means that since you have word you don't need a 2nd app to do those jobs anymore. It adds value to word even if those who use it are few.

GP007 said,
I think it's a good idea though. It seems like they took the live writer bits and added them into word so you can publish up to the web with it.

Kinda means that since you have word you don't need a 2nd app to do those jobs anymore. It adds value to word even if those who use it are few.


Integrating social-networking features into Office is smart, smart, smart. With companies of every size (and governments of every size) adding social networking to their outreach methods, adding direct access to Facebook and Twitter to Word in particular is a decided no-brainer. In fact, it actually creates more (not less) reason to use Word, especially over other document-creation tools (I use Word today as a publishing tool; primarily for creating master documents that will eventually wind up as PDFs. No, that's not crazy; remember, there are several no-cost PDF-exporting tools for either Office in particular or Windows in general. In addition, Word is the engine for Outlook's mail-message composer.) I have both Twitter and Facebook accounts I don't use *because* using them is horribly cumbersome and involves extra tools. With integration into Word, that excuse is out the window. (Pun decidedly NOT intended.)

Twitter and Facebook in word? I'd have to see that as it seems rather useless to me :|

Other than that I'm interested in testing this out and happy to see a 64bit version