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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 FranksAndBeans on 5/18/2009 8:38:59 AM , Rating: 2

I have to use 2007 at work, and dislike it. I think 2007 is great for casual users because the ribbon system likely does make it easier for newer users to figure things out.

However I use it everyday for fairly standard office/engineering tasks, and though I've managed to get somewhat used to it, I have no doubt that the 2007 system is less efficient for many common tasks than prior versions. If I have to click even 1 more time to complete a remedial task like formatting a chart axis, that is a loss of efficiency to me, and there are MANY cases where what used to take 2 clicks now takes 3 or 4.

2007 may be better for the majority but MS kinda screwed folks that were already well trained with the software. It doesn't make sense to me to make the more in-depth items slower to use in hopes that they get more exposure to basic users.

RE: Urgh
By yxalitis on 5/20/2009 11:50:04 PM , Rating: 2
So called "power users" should be using hotkeys in anycase, no power user's hands leave the keyboard to go over to the mouse, as it introduces a slow down.The WP department in one company I used to work for had a rule that they weren't allowed to have a mouse at all, it significantly reduced the wpm of the user.

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