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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 9:59:27 PM , Rating: 2
I'd actually seen that...but I wouldn't pay more money to make Office 2007 usable. Easier just to go back to 2003, and not miss any of the new features anyway. If it weren't that the whole world works on .doc format, WordPad would be plenty for all I ever need to do in a word processor...

RE: Urgh
By yxalitis on 5/17/2009 10:28:39 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps sir would prefer our new product aimed for your mind set.
It's called Notepad, we hope it suffuces.
If you find that too challenging to learn, we fully understand, in that case we offer you's called an Etch A-sketch, we can provide training for you if you like...

RE: Urgh
By Motoman on 5/17/2009 11:06:16 PM , Rating: 3
That's very funny...your mom would be quite proud, I'm sure, of your biting wit.

The fact of the matter is, virtually none of the functionality of a modern word processor is used by the vast majority of users. Very, very few people have the slightest use for anyting but the most basic functionality.

I'd bet big money that less than 5% of the consumer market has evern done anything as nifty as a mail merge. Paragraph formatting, font stuff, spell check. Pretty much it for the vast majority of users.

RE: Urgh
By teohhanhui on 5/18/2009 12:01:06 AM , Rating: 2
That's exactly why the "ribbon" came to be: to better expose the functions hidden (nested) within menus to users. Once you get used to it it could improve your efficiency.

RE: Urgh
By Motoman on 5/18/2009 12:50:46 AM , Rating: 2 miss the point. The point isn't that it's hard to find excess functionality...frankly, excess functionality gets in the way. Exposing more functionality would only make things worse for the average user...and as has been noted, the ribbon hid basic functionality anyway, making the worse of all possible worlds.

RE: Urgh
By yxalitis on 5/18/2009 2:18:15 AM , Rating: 2
I am stunned, quite stunned, that after a solid 12 months use, the ability to customise the "Quick Access Tollbar" was beyond your comprehension.
Yes, print, save as..., print preview were not right there on the main toolbar, but for crying out loud, there's a down-arrow to the right, which leads directly to the customise window.
And eposing more functionality came about as a result of a survey Microsoft undertook, seeking input into what features user's would most like to see in the next version of Office. Most of the requests were for features that already existed, but because they were hidden from view, these "average users" did not know about them.
The changes came about as a direct result of beta tester's inputs and suggestions.
So why you persist in climbing on board your soap box every single time DT do an Office article is beyond me. You don't like it, fine, keep it to your self.
The rest of us will get on using a superior product.

RE: Urgh
By Motoman on 5/18/2009 10:40:54 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, and Burger King's french fries were chosen based on customer research focus groups...and they suck.

I did in fact find the little bit to customize the quick access thing. Aside from the fact that it's retarded that a consumer would have to "customize" their interface to have "advanced" features like Print and Save As on it ("oh, we won't bother to expose those on the Ribbon - who ever needs those functions?"), on the rare occasion that I wanted to do something else, I couldn't find it anyway.

And, on top of that, the ribbon takes up more screen space than the menu bar and th single line of toolbars that I need.

As for:

So why you persist in climbing on board your soap box every single time DT do an Office article is beyond me. You don't like it, fine, keep it to your self. The rest of us will get on using a superior product.

Well, I'm not the only one that feels this way, and I think it's important to keep a balanced outlook on the new "superior products" that are coming out. Which, by the way, is a bit of a strawman there, since "superior product" is definitely in the eye of the beholder (or rather, the hand of the mouseholder). Something that is new is not automatically better than something that is old.

RE: Urgh
By Ozziedogg on 5/21/2009 5:52:39 PM , Rating: 3
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