Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering

The official blog of the Microsoft Office product development group

Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Configure SharePoint Server 2010 for Mobile Device Access

    In a previous mobile blog post , we briefly introduced our supported mobility scenarios in Office 2010. Those mobility functions rely on support from SharePoint 2010 mobility. Today’s post describes how to setup your SharePoint server environment so you...
  • Helping You Recover Your Work in Office 2010

    My name is Nitie and I work in the Office Reliability Team. My team's goal is to improve Office reliability and your experience using our software. When thinking about how we can improve Office, we usually aim to make the product do exactly what you ask...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 Beta Expiration on April 5th

    Last year we released Microsoft Office Mobile 2010 Beta , a suite of productivity applications for Windows Mobile 6.5 phones, on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile . First and foremost, we want to thank everyone who has tried Office Mobile 2010 Beta and...
  • Download our free Office 2010 migration guides

    Over on the The Microsoft Office Blog there is a post that links to some migration guides for Microsoft Office 2010: “Whether you're coming from an older version of Office and just want to find the most frequently used commands in a program, or you're...
  • Office 2010 Improvements for Cropping Pictures

    Hi, again, I’m Tucker Hatfield, a Program Manager on the Office Graphics team with another post on improvements for using pictures in documents in Office 2010. This time we’re looking at the improvements to cropping pictures in Word, PowerPoint, Excel...
  • Top 10 Benefits of PowerPoint 2010

    On the heels of our recent announcement that Office 2010 has released to manufacturing , many of the individual Office team blogs have posted similar announcements and deep summaries about their specific aspects of Office. Over the next few weeks we’ll...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • UI Extensibility in Office 2010

    When introducing the Ribbon UI in Office 2007, we also introduced the RibbonX (Ribbon extensibility) model, a new way to programmatically customize the Office UI. RibbonX enables 3 rd party developers and solution providers to build on top of the Ribbon...
  • 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...
  • More About Background Removal in Office 2010

    Hi, I’m Tucker Hatfield, a PM on the Office Graphics team, and a while back I posted an introduction to Background Removal ( The Magic of Background Removal ). In this post I’ll build on what I showed you last time by giving an example of how to make...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Enabling password rules for Office 2010

    Hi, my name is Alan Myrvold, and I am a security tester on the Office Trustworthy Computing Team (TWC). This post introduces the new password rules feature in Office 2010. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been able to password protect documents for...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Data Execution Prevention in Office 2010

    Hello, my name is Vikas Malhotra, and I am a security Program Manager in the Office Trustworthy Computer Team (TWC). In this post I will be covering some security changes we made around Data Execution Prevention or DEP for short. DEP is one of the many...
  • 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...