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Microsoft Word 2010 Screen  (Source: Neowin)
Office 2010 technical preview hits BitTorrent sites for second time

The bread and butter at Microsoft is software. The company offers a slew of other products from hardware and peripherals to internet search, but most of the fuel for the Microsoft coffers comes from Windows and Office.

Microsoft is set to launch new version of Windows and its Office productivity suite in the coming months. Windows 7 is expected in October with Office 2010 coming in the first half of 2010. ComputerWorld reports that the latest technical preview of Office 2010 hit BitTorrent tracking sites over the weekend.

The new version of the anticipated productivity application is Office 2010 build 14.0.4302.1000 and both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the application were leaked. About 30 computers had fully downloaded copies of the torrent file and about 400 systems have partly downloaded the torrent. So far, about 1,200 copies of the application have been downloaded.

This isn't the first time that a leaked copy of Office 2010 has hit the torrent sites. In May, an earlier version of the productivity suite was leaked from the invite-only technical preview Microsoft is running. Microsoft is expected to announce today at its Worldwide Partner Conference that it is ready to hand out copies of the invite only preview to developers.

The software giant is also expected to show some demonstrations of its new web-based Office Web applications that will offer online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. ComputerWorld reports that later this year Microsoft will also hold an open public beta for the Office application as it has done in the past, however, Microsoft has not year announced when it will start the open beta for Office 2010.

Along with the leak of the newest version of the technical preview come some new screenshots of Office 2010. On the surface, the app looks much like Office 2007 with a slightly different tab-style layout and a full ribbon UI. The newly leaked version of the suite reportedly allows you to switch themes for the application.

Microsoft's Office Web Applications 2010 and Office Mobile 2010 have also been detailed a bit more today. The software company has a “What's New” video that is available for viewing that shows some highlights for the new Office Web Applications 2010 with info on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The apps will work on Windows or Mac computers and will run on Firefox.

Mobile 2010 offers mobile document viewers that allow just about every smartphone on the market to view Office documents without having to download the files first. Supported platforms include the iPhone and Blackberry devices. The Office Web applications will be available without any cost via the Windows Live portal. The free online products will include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint along with OneNote.

The free Office software will presumably be ad-supported and is intended to help Microsoft fight other free productivity applications like those offered by Google. Google's free online applications have so far been unable to gain significant ground on the Office productivity suite. Microsoft says at launch that there will be about half a billion users who have access to Office Web.

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RE: Themes...
By chris2618 on 7/13/2009 12:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
I think they should include it because unless you are first time user i think the ribbon can be hard to get use to.

RE: Themes...
By ImSpartacus on 7/13/2009 1:43:11 PM , Rating: 5
If you are a first time user than the 2003 menu is just as foreign as the 2007 ribbon. I think that the ribbon would be easier to understand for first time computer user.

RE: Themes...
By The0ne on 7/13/2009 1:48:31 PM , Rating: 1
No, not just for first timers. This will be my 4th attempt at Office 2007. Same as before, can't get use to how things are placed. Some features are nice, like the one Mitch mentioned above, but my productivity is suffering because I'm spending way too much time hunting for the commands.

To speed things up I've used the quick launch bar on top and dragged all the functions I use frequently to them. This way I don't have to click so many damn times for formatting or changes.

I'll be checking out Office 2010 tonight and I'll look to see if there's an option to switch back to the old menu style. I highly doubt it though due to "integration" and similarity of the Office apps.

RE: Themes...
By Sazar on 7/13/2009 3:17:34 PM , Rating: 2
You don't have to click more than one time on the ribbon. Just use your scroll wheel to scroll through and then highlight what you want to do. If the preview works, click it to apply and you are done.

I honestly don't get the issue with that :) It's so self-explanatory and visual :D

RE: Themes...
By The0ne on 7/13/2009 3:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
Oh! Nice tip :)

Yes, I see that most functions are grouped together in tabs. Before it was one tab or ribbon with most of the used functions. You just click on the function; now they're elsewhere. It is a matter of getting use to the ribbon but for some people like me, and I'm highly technical and analytical, it's not working out as smoothly :P

Like I said, my 4th shot at this Office 2007.

RE: Themes...
By Sazar on 7/14/2009 2:59:49 PM , Rating: 2
Don't sweat it, took me actually sitting down and learning things over a couple of weeks to get usable with the ribbons.

Now I am back to my tried and tested method of keyboard shortcuts for everything :D

RE: Themes...
By acase on 7/13/2009 3:32:27 PM , Rating: 1
How's the view from the bottom of the learning curve?

RE: Themes...
By The0ne on 7/13/2009 3:37:31 PM , Rating: 2
Which view, the robotics end, the PCB design end, the logistics end, the software end...what's your point? You have something smart to point out or just making sarcastic remarks?

What if I say the same thing about you on all these areas?

RE: Themes...
By bodar on 7/13/2009 5:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
Snarky comments aside, doesn't that just mean you don't want to learn it? If you've learned how to build and program a robot, then surely a new software UI should only take you a couple afternoons to get used to, right? It's not inherently bad just because it's not what we're used to, esp. when a lot of the old UI didn't really make sense to begin with.

RE: Themes...
By The0ne on 7/13/2009 6:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Not really. It's more that I don't have the luxury of time to commit to it. So although it's my fourth time trying to get use to the UI I find myself customizing the quick launch bar just so I can get my reports, spreadsheets or what have you completed. Of course this defeats the purpose of forcing yourself to familiarize with the interface but it really can't be helped.

I have it installed both at home and here at the office. I want to like it but it's taking longer than I had expected. At some point I'm going to get so fustrated that either I completely leave the entire suite and go back to Office 2003 or force myself to, as you commented, sit down and just memorize the whole UI :)

But ultimately I can't let my productivity suffer because I'm spending too much time looking around for functions that I use to take 1 mouse click to activate.

I didn't say the UI is bad. I said I'm been trying but can't get use to where the functions are located. Plus getting older doesn't help with memory :) j/k

RE: Themes...
By teldar on 7/15/2009 10:41:01 AM , Rating: 2
It really surprises me that you're having such a hard time with the new interface.

My thoughts would have been similar to other posters. I think it is very intuitive. I think the tabs are appropriately labeled and I find it very easy to do more in Word than I ever had before.

All just because the ribbons are so much better in grouping tasks than the old tabs were.

RE: Themes...
By teldar on 7/15/2009 10:45:50 AM , Rating: 2
It really surprises me that you're having such a hard time with the new interface.

My thoughts would have been similar to other posters. I think it is very intuitive. I think the tabs are appropriately labeled and I find it very easy to do more in Word than I ever had before.

All just because the ribbons are so much better in grouping tasks than the old tabs were.

RE: Themes...
By MrBlastman on 7/13/2009 3:50:24 PM , Rating: 2
I still prefer UNIX-based OS's for many different things - and especially am more efficient at the command line. Does that mean I'm at the bottom of the learning curve because I can code in these systems and do things quite well? Everyone else is using a fancy GUI these days!

I don't think we need to debate that here - it just so happens there are a few people who are used to the old way and they might still enjoy the older interface. They mentioned the ability to have themes, why not give us eccentric people a theme we might like?

What is the harm with that?

RE: Themes...
By The0ne on 7/13/2009 6:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
Give me WordPerfect 5.0-6.0 and I can keystroke my way to a technical document with tables and all :) I can create a table and format the cells quicker than most users in Word. But Office 2007 isn't as easy for me for whatever the many reason they might be. Office 2003 no problem. And yes, the good old command line. Most kids today don't even know what it is.

Whatever your cake is enjoy it but don't go around acting like it's the holy grail or worse yet that you're God Almight :) That's just plain silly.

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