Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering

The official blog of the Microsoft Office product development group

Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering

  • Announcing Office 2010 Beta Availability

    Today is an exciting day! At PDC we announced the availability of the public betas of Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010 and Office Web Apps for business customers. If you’d like to be one of the millions of people...
  • Office 2010 Reaches RTM!

    I am very excited to share some great news with you. Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010! RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and our...
  • Tell us what you think about Office 2010 (Technical Preview)

    Using Office 2010, have something you want to tell Office? Maybe you're having trouble finding something in the UI or have a specific suggestion on how we can improve a feature. Or, maybe there's something you love and you want to make sure we know about...
  • Click-to-Run: Delivering Office in the 21st Century

    Introducing Click-to-Run If you’re the type of person who likes to test-drive the latest and greatest software (or you’re the type of person who reads an Office Engineering blog…), then you’re probably familiar with the pain that can be part of trying...
  • New Ways to Try and Buy Microsoft Office 2010

    We’re thrilled about the growing number of people who are using Microsoft Office every day to get things done at work, at home, at school and on the go. For instance: 500 million people worldwide use Microsoft Office From July, 2008 through June, 2009...
  • Making the Ribbon Mine

    Hello, my name is Melissa Kerr and I am a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team. Today I'm introducing the era of “ This is your Ribbon!”, made possible by the new Ribbon customization feature available in Office 2010. Ribbon customization...
  • Office 2010: Visuals and Branding

    Hello, I’m Keri Vandeberghe and I work in Microsoft’s Office Design Group (ODG) as a User Experience Designer. I would like to share the story behind the visual approach and brand integration for Office 2010. I’ll give you a behind the scenes look at...
  • Volume Activation

    Hi, I’m Ted Way, a Program Manager on the Licensing team. Ever enter a 25-character key when you installed Office? That’s us. I’m looking forward to sharing how we’re helping administrators worry less about key management and seamlessly integrate Windows...
  • Business Contact Manager for Outlook 2010

    Business Contact Manager is a powerful contact and customer information management feature of Outlook. The new version of Business Contact Manager (BCM) for Outlook 2010 is far more powerful and flexible than BCM for Outlook 2007. Manage your business...
  • What the Office team will be talking about at CES

    Heading into the new year, the Microsoft Office team is motivated more than ever by what we’re hearing about customers’ experiences with Office 2010. Many people think Office is just for the workplace, but millions of people are using Office at home,...
  • Get Office for Today or Tomorrow

    Today’s post is just a quick status update to keep everyone in the loop on the progress Office 2010 is making, as well as to provide finalized details for our Office 2010 Technology Guarantee. Starting today, consumers who purchase and activate Office...
  • Office 2010 System Requirements

    Hi everyone! My name is Alex Dubec and I’m a Program Manager on the Office Trustworthy Computing Performance team. My team is responsible for compiling system requirements across Office, and I’d like to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we determine...
  • Evolving the Backstage View

    For those of you who are dogfooding the Technical Preview build, thanks for all of the great feedback you’ve sent us so far on the new Backstage view ! We’ve been getting a lot of requests for a sneak peak at the design changes that we’ve been making...
  • Protected View in Office 2010

    Hello, my name is Vikas and I work in the Office Trustworthy Computing security team. Today I will be telling you more about a feature I have been working on called Protected View. Protected View is one of the new security defense-in-depth features added...
  • Microsoft Office Backstage (Part 1 – Backstory)

    Hi, I'm Clay Satterfield and I'm a Senior Program Manager on the Office User Experience team. Within the first few hours or so of using the Office 2010 Technical Preview, it’s pretty likely that you’ll eventually need to “Save As” or “Print” or do something...
  • Office 2010, Hello World

    Today, at our annual TechEd event held in the US we are announcing that attendees will make up the first segment of our limited Technical Preview program that will kick off in July. We have some additional content we will be releasing going into this...
  • Minimizing the Ribbon: Exposed

    It’s Jon again from the Office User Experience team. I started at Microsoft a little over 2 years ago and one of the things that inevitably happened is that I instantly became the IT guy for everyone I know. The nice part about this is that every now...
  • Office 2010 Application Security

    Hello, my name is Brad and I work on the Office security team; we focus on a couple of key areas: building security features that improve the Office product line and driving the security engineering process across the division as part of the Security...
  • Office 2010: Accessibility Investments & Document Accessibility

    My name is Larry Waldman -- I am a Program Manager on the Office User Experience team and have been working in this role to make Office more accessible for almost 5 years. When users of Office hear that Microsoft has many people working specifically to...
  • Understanding 64-Bit Office

    Microsoft Office 2010 marks the first time Office will be shipping in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. With Windows 7, you have the option of running 64-bit Windows on your 64-bit PC, and now with Office 2010 you have that same choice. As 64-bit processors...
  • Digital Signatures in Office 2010

    Hello, my name is Shelley Gu and I am a Program Manager on the Trustworthy Computing Security team. I’d like to introduce some new features we have added to digital signatures in Office 2010. First I’ll briefly explain what digital signatures are and...
  • The Magic of Background Removal

    Hi, I’m Tucker Hatfield and I’m a Program Manager on the Office Graphics team. Pictures are great – worth 1,000 words they say – so it’s a great idea to use them to spice up a document or add some flair to a presentation. The problem is that they usually...
  • Office 2010 Availability

    Office 2010 is publically available today!  Everyone on the Office engineering team is very excited about this milestone.  We’ve had more of you download and try our Beta than ever before (more than 9,000,000 downloads), and business users have...
  • Volume Activation Tips and Tricks

    Hi again, I’m Ted Way, program manager for Office 2010 volume activation . Last time I posted to this blog, I talked about KMS and MAK as two activation methods for the enterprise. If you’re planning on deploying Office 2010, Windows (7, Vista, Server...
  • Office 2010 File Validation

    Howdy, I’m David B Heise and I work on the Office Security team responsible for testing Office File Validation (codename: Gatekeeper). There have been some misconceptions about the new file validation feature in Microsoft Office 2010 and I hope to clear...