Microsoft Office 2010 (also called Office 2010 and Office 14) is a productivity suite for Microsoft Windows, and the successor to Microsoft Office 2007. Office 2010 includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and a changed user experience. A 64-bit version of Office 2010 is available, although not for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
On April 15, 2010, Office 2010 was released to manufacturing. The suite became available for retail and online purchase on June 15, 2010. Office 2010 is the first version to require product activation for volume license editions.
Office 2010 marks the debut of free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which work in the web browsersInternet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, but not Opera. Office Starter 2010, a new edition of Office, replaced the low-end home productivity software, Microsoft Works.
Microsoft’s update to its mobile productivity suite, Office Mobile 2010, will also be released for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7. In Office 2010, every application features the ribbon, including Outlook, OneNote, Publisher,InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace (previously known as Groove), and the new Office Web Apps.
As of July 2011, more than 100 million licenses to Office 2010 have been sold.
History and Development
Development started in 2007 while Microsoft was finishing work on Office 12, released as Microsoft Office 2007. The version number 13 was skipped because of the fear of the number 13. It was previously thought that Office 2010 (then called Office 14) would ship in the first half of 2009.
On January 10, 2009, screenshots of an Office 2010 alpha build were leaked by a tester.
On April 15, 2009, Microsoft confirmed that Office 2010 would be released in the first half of 2010. They announced on May 12, 2009, at a Tech Ed event, a trial version of the 64-bit edition. The Technical Preview 1 (Version: 14.0.4006.1010) was leaked on May 15, 2009.
An internal post-beta build was leaked on July 12, 2009. This was newer than the official preview build and included a “Limestone” internal test application. On July 13 Microsoft announced Office 2010 at its Worldwide Partner Conference 2009.
On July 14, 2009, Microsoft started to send out invitations on Microsoft Connect to test an official preview build of Office 2010. On August 30, 2009, the beta build 4417 was leaked on the internet via torrents.
The public beta has been available to subscribers of TechNet, MSDN and Microsoft Connect users as of November 16, 2009. On November 18, 2009, the beta was officially released to the general public at the Microsoft Office Beta website, which was originally launched by Microsoft on November 11, 2009 to provide screenshots of the new office suite. Office 2010 Beta was a free, fully functional version and expired on October 31, 2010.
In an effort to help customers and partners with deployment of Office 2010, Microsoft launched an Office 2010 application compatibility program with tools and guidance available for download. On February 5, 2010, the official release candidate build 4734.1000 was available to Connect and MSDN testers. It was leaked to torrent sites. A few days after, the RTMEscrow build was leaked.
Microsoft announced the RTM on April 15, 2010 and that the final version was to have speech technologies for use with text to speech in Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Word. Office 2010 was to be originally released to business customers on May 12, 2010. Business customers with Software Assurance were able to get it since April 27, 2010 and other Volume Licensing Customers were able to get it since May 1. MSDN and TechNet subscribers have been able to download the RTM version since April 22, 2010. The RTM version number was 14.0.4760.1000.
On June 15, 2010, Office 2010 was released to retail customers.
On November 17, 2010, Microsoft sent out invitations to a select number of testers at the Microsoft Connect portal to test a beta build of Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The final version was released to the public on June 28, 2011 with a version number of 14.0.6023.1000.
New Features and Improvement
Office 2010 is more “role-based” than previous versions. There are features tailored to employees in “roles such as research and development professionals, sales people, and human resources.” In its Internet implementation, Office 2010 incorporates features of SharePoint Server and borrows from “Web 2.0” ideas.
Microsoft Office 2010 includes updated support for ISO/IEC 29500:2008, the International Standard version of Office Open XML (OOXML) file format. Office 2010 provides read support for ECMA-376, read/write support for ISO/IEC 29500 Transitional, and read support for ISO/IEC 29500 Strict. In its pre-release (beta) form, however, Office 2010 only supported the Transitional variant, and not the Strict. The intent of the ISO/IEC is to allow the removal of the Transitional variant from the ISO/IEC compliant version of the OOXML standard. Microsoft Office 2010 supports OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.1, which is an OASIS standard.
New features also include a built-in screen capture tool, a background removal tool, new SmartArt templates and author permissions. The 2007 “Office Button” was replaced with a menu button that leads to a full-window file menu, known as Backstage View, giving easy access to task-centered functions such as printing and sharing. A notable accessibility regression from 2007 is that the menu button scores worse with the Fitts’s lawaccessibility calculation than previous versions. A modified Ribbon interface is present in all Office applications, including Office Outlook, Visio,OneNote, Project, and Publisher. Office applications also have functional jumplists in Windows 7, which would allow easy access to recent items and tasks relevant to the application. Features of Office 2010 include:
- Ribbon interface and Backstage View across all applications
- Background Removal Tool
- Letter Styling
- The Word 2007 Equation editor is common to all applications, replacing Microsoft Equation Editor 3.0
- New SmartArt templates
- New text and image editing effects
- Screen Capturing and Clipping tools
- Live collaboration functions
- Jumplists in Windows 7
- New animations and transitions in PowerPoint 2010
- View Side by Side/Synchronous Scrolling in Word 2010
A new feature in Microsoft Office 2010 is Outlook Social Connector, which allows users to connect to and receive updates from their social networkinside Microsoft Outlook. When users view their emails a name, picture, and title is available for the person they are contacting. Upcoming appointments can also be viewed with this new feature and users can request friends. Outlook Social Connector currently supports Facebook,LinkedIn, MySpace and Windows Live Messenger.
The Volume edition can be activated using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) which is limited by the number of times a machine can activate when connected to Microsoft’s servers, or using a Key Management Server (KMS) which requires activation every 180 days.
Minimum System Requirements
|Processor||500 MHz or faster|
|Memory||256 MB RAM; 512 MB recommended|
|Hard Disk Space||3.0 GB (3.5 GB for Office Professional Plus 2010)|
|Display||1024 x 576 or higher resolution monitor (1024 x 768 for Office Professional Plus 2010)|
Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX® 9.0c graphics card with 64 MB or more video memory.Operating System
- Windows XP with SP3 (32-bit)
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista with SP1
- Windows Server 2003 with SP2 and MSXML 6.0 (32-bit Office only)
- Windows Server 2008
- …or later
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