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Announcing Office 2010 Beta Availability

Announcing Office 2010 Beta Availability

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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 who try, test and give feedback on the latest and greatest, you can download the betas at

We also announced that Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 beta is available now too, and you can download it through the Windows Mobile Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.

The final release of Office 2010 will debut next year, but we’re excited to allow everyone to start using the new features and tools that will help you collaborate, connect and work better together with others across the PC, mobile phone and browser.

The betas released today include everything we’ve talked about so far on this Blog and much more. In addition, today we announced several new facets of Office 2010 that you can check out when you download the beta:

  • The New Outlook Social Connector brings your communications history, business and social networking feeds right into Outlook, helping you quickly keep track of conversations and stay up-to-date with co-workers, friends and family without switching programs or changing your routine. Today’s beta supports SharePoint social networking and will support Windows Live when Office launches. The business networking site LinkedIn will be the first to provide a connector for the Outlook Social Connector early next year.  Read more about the Social Connector on the Outlook Team’s blog post!
  • For developers and partners, SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010 will combine with Visio 2010 using the tools you know and love, and have new rich APIs and support for industry standards to quickly build content and collaboration applications on the SharePoint and Office platform. We’re also releasing Outlook Social Connector SDK, available for download on MSDN, so developers can build connectors to third-party social networks. Start testing and building solutions for your customers today!
  • imageA new look.  The Microsoft Office brand will sport a new look next year, reflecting technology innovations in Office 2010. The re-design includes an updated Office logo, a new orange color palette for the Microsoft Office brand, and updated icons for Office 2010 applications that make it easier to quickly identify the Office products you work in.

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  • Finally, in partnership with SAP, we’re also announcing Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP. This new product jointly developed with SAP increases the interoperability of SAP applications with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 to provide complete flexibility and extensibility to compose solutions that blend the worlds of process and collaboration. Complete with pre-packaged integration templates and the building blocks needed for additional applications, IT organizations and partners will be able to compose context from SAP with SharePoint and Office content and collaboration. Duet Enterprise is expected for release in the second half of 2010.

The announcements and releases today reflect years of work for the Office team here at Microsoft – head on over to, download the Beta, and let us know what you think!

  • How do we get rid of all of the Office 2010 Tech Preview bits so we can install the beta? I'm stalled and have removed anything even vaguely resembling Office 2010 code from my machine...

  • Great news, I'm downloading Office 2010 Professional Plus Beta and the Project 2010 Beta right now so I can test them out.

    Thanks :-)

  • Hi there, I have just downloaded and installed the Office 2010 Beta. It looks amazing, but unfortunately I'm having a problem which I think is going to stop me from using the software altogether. I do as the instructions tell me to do for activation: open Word 2010, File, Help, Change Product Key. Unfortunately, clicking that brings up a window saying:

    "The setup controller has encountered a problem during install. Please review the log files for further information on the error."

    So, basically, it's not letting me active the Office 2010 Beta. For reference, in case it matters, I chose to keep my Office 2007 programs on my machine in case something like this happened - I need Office to always be available to me. That said, in case this is causing the issue, I'm going to uninstall it and try Office 2010 again.

    Other than this, might anyone have any idea as to what's causing this?

    Thanks for your help, I'd really appreciate it.

  • The Release Notes here are still for the Tech Preview....

  • Hi Trevor,

    Im not sure why your install isn't working, mine worked fine.  

    Only things I can think of is to make sure that you reboot after uninstalling the Technical Preview, prior to installing the beta.

    Also make sure you are trying to install the correct version of Office 2010 32bit or 64bit.

    Sometimes third party security applications can stop programs from installing properly, so maybe that is causing you problems?

    I just installed the 32bit versions of Office 2010 and Project 2010 Beta on my test machine, both of them installed fine.

    Although to be fair the Activation was kinda longwinded. The product key had to be entered after the install, and then after the key was entered I had to click install again to install the key, then I had to activate online.  Bottom line way there were way to many clicks for activating a product.

    Having said that this is a only a Beta, and its free to test, hopefully the final version will have friendlier activation system.

    The applications seem to launch a little faster than the Technical Preview, and I like the blue and black color schemes in Word 2010 that were not in the initial Technical Preview.

    The question is how long will these betas run before going into reduced functionality mode?

  • I got a PC in mid-2006 preloaded with XP Professional x64. I am not in a position to upgrade to Windows 7. Please support Office 2010 native 64-bit on XP Professional x64 Edition. I don't want to remain on Office 2007 32-bit.

  • @Trevor Williamson

    You might still have Send-A-Smile on your machine.  SAS does not get uninstalled when you uninstall Office 2010 TP (it's been fixed for Beta).  You'll need to uninstall SAS first.  Reboot your computer after uninstalling.

    @Jack Taylor

    This is a known issue when going from the TP build to the Beta build.  Please go to Start Menu --> Control Panel --> Programs and Features.  Click on Office 2010, then Change on the bar on top.  Select the option to "Enter a Product Key" and enter it there.

    Thanks for using Office 2010!

  • Regarding my last comment - problem has been fixed. Am now a very happy bunny who's loving the new beta - fantastic stuff.

  • @ Des

    If you've downloaded the Professional Plus volume edition of Office 2010 (check File tab | Help), then you will not go into RFM.  However, the Beta build will not work after October 2010.

  • Since Office 2007 Excel is awfully slow as a COM-server. While with Excel before version 2007 it was quite fast to write into a worksheet and use that data to feed a diagram and update it "on the fly" (the data source is set to the columns containing the new data), Excel literally crawls forward with not even a tenth of its former performance. Quite annoying that that is still the case!

  • If you're having problems changing the product key go to: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\OFFICE14\Office Setup Controller" and run the "setup" file as an Administrator.

  • Hello,

    I had the same problem Jack Taylor had but now it's fixed.

    Thank you!

    This new office is awesome! Good job!

    BTW is there any chance in participating in the official beta program? I was part of WIndows 7 BETA and while I enjoyed it a lot I could also help microsoft in providing a very nice OS. I would like to be able to participate in this office beta so I can help you improve this product as much as possible!

    Best Regards,

  • "We also announced that Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 beta is available now too, and you can download it through the Windows Mobile Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones."

    I don't see how. It is not listed there.

  • Thanks for the SPECTACULAR release of Office 2010 beta!  You guys in Redmond are doing such an AWESOME job at this release of Office 2010!!!!

  • I tried to install it on Vista, but it can't get past: "error\installer\dab8a.ipi -2147287035"

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