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32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2010 Technical Preview leak onto web

Over the past few months, there have been a steady stream of Windows 7 betas and Release Candidate builds littering the internet. Today, it looks as though Microsoft's other software cash cow, Microsoft Office, is getting early exposure to the masses.

DailyTech reported last week that Microsoft plans to offer a Technical Preview of Office 2010 in mid-July to those who preregister. However, there appears to be no need to preregister anymore as both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Office 2010 Technical Preview have leaked onto the internet in torrent form.

Both builds are readily available by doing a simple Google search and don't appear to need a registration key to install.

Those familiar with Office 2007 will likely feel right at home with the Office 2010 Technical Preview. If you hated the ribbon in the 2007 version, things don't get much better in 2010 as the interface is here to stay. For users already running Windows 7, startup times for Office 2010 appear to be much quicker than Office 2007 which should be a welcome addition to heavy Office users.

Microsoft is aiming for a H1 2010 release for Office 2010, so the Technical Preview should be sufficient for most tinkerers until that time arrives.



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RE: Urgh
By Motoman on 5/17/2009 7:42:02 PM , Rating: 2
Way to catastrophize things, sparky.

And your argument goes both ways...where do I go to change formats? Hmm, maybe the Format menu?

As for the other comments about some people being resistant to change because they fear it...well, there certainly are those people out there, but I'm not one of them. I was totally jazzed to try out the ribbon thing, granted all the hype there was around it. Then I couldn't find the things I needed...really mind-bendingly obvious things that weren't on the ribbons, like Open and Save As, etc.

Anyway, we've had this discussion before on DT. Some people like the ribbon - knock yourselves out. I gave it an honest year, and went from jazzed to "eff this" in that time and switched back to 2003.

PS - there hasn't been an "enhancement" to a word processor that's been valuable to me, or the vast majority of users, since probably WYSIWYG. Pure bloat.


RE: Urgh
By StevoLincolnite on 5/18/2009 12:50:58 AM , Rating: 1
I don't see why they just don't create an option so people can use the regular interface or the ribbon interface, would solve all arguments then.

Personally I like the old interface, when you have used it for 10 or more years it is hard to change, I got my granny onto Office 2007 to do her letters etc' I don't think I have had so many phone calls in my life after I did that software upgrade! However she loves it, I don't think she coul go back to the old style anymore.


RE: Urgh
By PrezWeezy on 5/18/2009 3:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
Your reason for saying that is because you obviously don't use any of the advanced features. I used to teach classes about using Office 2000-2003, so I really knew the old interface. I switched to 2007 in 3 days. It took me about 20 minutes to realize how much more effectively the ribbon was laid out.

Any "file" operations are done with the office button. Stupid name, I liked the File menu for that particular instance, but it still makes sense.

Open and save as can be added to the quick menu with two mouse clicks as well. If all you do is type in the same format, with the same font it doesn't help you. If you do anything else with it (i.e. writing presentations/proposals) you'd be crazy not to love the fact that you've reduced your max mouse click to 3 from 45.

You have to think about the ribbon as being something you do within the file you are using. The Office Button are things you are doing to the container (or file) you are working with. You want to open a new document, not on the ribbon because it's not something within the current document. You want to save, not on the ribbon. It is much more logical.


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