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Office 2010, Hello World

Office 2010, Hello World

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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 milestone so keep checking back (check out as well).  

So while we aren't ready to start demoing and sharing all of the features quite yet, we have heard the feedback loud and clear that requirements for running our software needs to be available ASAP (you will see if you look here  that our server products have released similar information).  To that end, this post will cover the preliminary system requirements for Office 2010. 


1. Office 2010 will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. 

2. Office 2010 will run on Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

3. You don't need to replace hardware that is capable of running 2007, it will support Office 2010.  Like Windows 7 has demonstrated, we realize that taking advantage of the hardware you already own is just as important as supporting all the new technology coming out.


Below, we have tried to cover some of the common questions that we are anticipating on this topic.  If we missed something please let us know in the comments.  Anything that we can share at this point, we will. 


Q:  What is technical preview?

A: Technical preview is an engineering milestone leading towards RTM that Office 2010 and related products will reach in July 2009.


Q:  Will customers or partners be given access to the products at the technical preview milestone?

A: Beginning at the technical preview milestone, we will conduct an invitation only technical preview program where participants will able to experience Office Professional Plus 2010 and Visio 2010.   You can sign up to be on the list for entry at


Q: Will I need to upgrade hardware to install Office 2010 and related products?

A:  Office 2010 Suite products are offered in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions so customers will not be required to upgrade 32-bit PC’s and Laptops to 64-bit hardware to run Office 2010 Suite Products.   Certain hardware configurations and operating system versions customers currently have deployed may require an upgrade to run server and client products. 


Check back frequently as we will be sharing more information as we march closer to July.  If there are things you want to know about, topics you want discussed, etc. then please let us hear it.


Reed Shaffner

Office TPM

  • I notice there was no mention of support for Windows XP Professional x64 for either the 32 or 64 bit versions of Office 2010 considering that Windows XP Professional x64 falls under the same support structure as Windows XP Professional x86.

  • Mr. Dee,

    XP is meant to include Professional as well.  With a 64 bit OS, you can run either the 32 bit or 64 bit version of Office on it. 64 bit Office will only run on the 64 bit versions of Windows however.

    That help?

  • Thanks for the update reedshaff, clears it up nicely! :)

  • 1. What is the criteria for ones who sign up for the technical beta? Who get invited?

    2. Will SKUs be the same? For once, why doesn't Microsoft include Visio in Ultimate and OneNote in more SKUs? What about Semblio?

    3. Will the individual app team blogs start blogging on 2010 releases?

    4. Any more programs getting OpenXML?

    5. Will testers who submit a certain number of bugs get a free copy of 2010 when it RTMs?

    Hope it'll be faster than 2007. Compared to Office 2003, 2007 was a huge step back in terms of performance. :-)

  • Why is SP3 a requirement for XP? What's the rationale behind that? Please leave it up to your customer whether he wants to install SP3 or not and stop adding pseudo-requirements to force your customers.

  • Just a quick question

    Classic Menus or No Classic Menus (read Productivity or no Productivity)

  • I couldn't help but notice that the video said that there will be "no undo".  I have to guess you didn't mean that Undo (Ctrl+Z) is being removed, so what was meant by there no longer being "Undo"?  I understand that no more "CTRL+ALT+DELETE" is a stability assurance, but what about "Undo"?

  • Hope it'll be faster than 2007. Compared to Office 2003, 2007 was a step back in terms of performance.

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  • What's the difference between a beta and a "technical preview"?

  • Hi Mr. Shaffner,

    VBA programs that run under Office 2003 will run without modification under Office 2010 ?



  • You can sign up now for the Office 2010 Technical Preview release in July here . If you’re attending

  • I've heard something about beta testing volunteer's enlisting somewhere out here...

    Is it true?

    /MVP:Exchange Maxim Zinchenko

  • Ya tenemos, como un pastel en un escaparate, sin tocar, sin oler, sin probar, sólo ver, las primeras

  • It would be nice if in outlook there was an option like "Forward e-mail to expert for analysis"

    This option should automatically add an attachment with all the original headers of the e-mail.

    This can be very useful for the tech department to help users with questions like

    - Why is/isn’t this massage filtered by the spam filter?

    - Why took it so long before this message arrived?

    - Where did this message/virus really come from?

    Now we admins have to walk to the user/remote to their PC/hack into their mailboxes/explain how they can copy-paste the info from the message options into an e-mail to us.

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