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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 kkwst2 on 5/17/2009 7:46:03 PM , Rating: 2
Except that there are key commands missing from the Ribbon, and no built-in way to customize it. So I have to add stuff to that little top bar.

I don't hate the ribbon, but why can't I customize it by default? That seems like a step back, since I could customize the toolbars pretty easily. I would have to buy an addon for that.


RE: Urgh
By Motoman on 5/17/2009 7:55:13 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. That is mind-boggling. What is also mind-boggling is that MS didn't allow the user to choose between the ribbon or the regular menu interface. Would have made it a lot easier for more people to use their product.


RE: Urgh
By callmeroy on 5/18/2009 2:05:29 PM , Rating: 2
I agree....I have '07 at work but '03 at home.. honestly, I had no issues understanding and working with the "old" menu driven system...maybe my brain works and remembers things in a weird way but the old menu system was actually EASIER and more efficient for ME.

I'm making due with the ribbon system but meh---- I'd much love the option to chose which UI I use in the newer office applications.


RE: Urgh
By ImSpartacus on 5/17/2009 8:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's why you have that quick launch toolbar thing. That is your customized toolbar. Personally, I put insert symbol, and insert textbox (along with obvious buttons). I hated having to switch tabs to use those two functions. Putting them on the top toolbar solved my problem totally.

I have been using the ribbon since Office 2007 beta. It was hard as hell to get used to. Took me about two months to really feel at home. However, once that occurred I... uhh... really felt at home.

Overall, it's change. Good and bad. Some like it, some don't.


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