Microsoft Office 2010 goes gold, coming soon

By Matthew
Apr 16, 2010
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  1. In an official blog post yesterday, Microsoft announced that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 have reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) stage. For the uninitiated, RTM is the final development milestone before a software product goes public.

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  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Anyone know if a) it will be backwards compatible, b) just how different it is from the the 2003 and 2007 versions, and c) will it work with XP?

    Okay, I'm lazy at the moment but I can ask. :D
  3. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    Well it better be sufficiently better than 2007 or else what's the point. I would also think it will "function" with XP because so many still use that OS, though no doubt it will be optimized for Windows 7/Vista. I just hope the pricing is reasonable.
  4. lchu12

    lchu12 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 199   +9

    I'd hold off and see how well it is recieved. I just got comfortable with 2007 and now they want to change it....It might be a similar to a Vista launch see what we like and what we don't then bust out a newer version within a year...or was that what 2007 was?...hmmm....
  5. Tried the beta. Horrible performance and minor UI changes. Overall this product is not worth even a $50 price tag.
  6. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 541

    been using Beta for a while, Few crashes. But some bugs that wherein office 2007 still in 2010. UI looks a little better thank god the MS office button is gone! how much longer I get it free? Lost my ofice 2007 disc 1. have product key prob get just disc 1 off TPB.
  7. I don't think there has been any "real improvement" in several offices. granted i only use excel,and word,power-point. and when forced to access, but really it just isn't worth the cost to upgrade every time they bring out a new one. 07 was good once you figured out the ribbon.
  8. DarkCobra

    DarkCobra Newcomer, in training Posts: 79

    I think the Ribbon on 2007 is what bothered me the most. Yes, it was a clever way of getting all the tools up there. However, the flip side of that is you still have to wade through lots of tools you rarely use. I'm hoping that 2010 at least offers the OPTION to once again create a tool bar with just the tools an end user truly needs.
  9. I've been using the 2010 beta for a few months now, and I love it. Like several others have said, 2007 had plenty of issues, and you had to fight with the Office button and ribbons. In 2010, the giant orb is gone and you can make your own custom toolbar and place it either in the window border (very space efficient) or below the ribbon. Fortunately, you can also make the ribbon stay collapsed to just the text tabs, so you can literally have two rows of stuff (including the window border) and then your document. Several of the menus have been reorganized so they make more sense, and there are really cool new sharing features such as document collaboration, live online presentation sharing, and exporting powerpoint presentations to video. It is backwards compatible with all previous versions of Office, and you can easily change preferences to save using the old file formats for compatibility (.doc, .xls, .ppt) I highly recommend you at least try it out for free while the beta is still available. http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/default.aspx
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