Microsoft Office 2010 tech preview hits torrent sites

By on May 18, 2009, 11:33 AM
Testing of Microsoft’s Office 2010 suite wasn’t supposed to start until July and on an invite-only basis, but in what's become a pretty common pattern, leaked copies of the still unfinished software have already trickled onto a number of torrent sites. Both the 32- and 64-bit editions of the application suite were available for download earlier than planned, mirroring Windows 7, which has had all major development milestones as well as numerous interim builds leaked ahead of the official releases.

It’s not known if the leaked version, build 14.0.4006.1010, is the same that Microsoft will begin delivering to select testers at the start of July. Among the notable changes in Office 2010 are a revamped Outlook e-mail client that will feature the "ribbon" interface, and the simultaneous availability of new, browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

If you are interested in trying the leaked version, a quick look at your favorite torrent site should yield some results – know that this is not exactly considered legal, though, and be sure to double check your source to avoid any potential Trojan infections.

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phantasm66 said:
Man, I'm starting to almost lose track of all this Microsoft software.Do we really need all these new versions of Office and Windows again and again and again and again and again? The whole thing is a bloody con. Now I'm being asked to shell out AGAIN for another office suite - when the one I have is working just fine.What exactly have they done - moved some of the buttons about and stuff?If I am being silly then fair enough.
Per Hansson said:
No, you're not being sillyI feel the same, no reason to upgrade from Office 2000 really (I run 2003 but see no difference vs 2000)
PanicX said:
There were problems with Office 2000, mainly the 2gb PST file size limit. Upgrading to 2003 made sense as there were issues that it corrected. I've yet to find a reason to retrain users to use Office 2007. Nor any inherent benefit to move that way either.
tengeta said:
The same reason people get rid of their car as soon as they are done making payments on it.They NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED a new one. lol...But other than its newer and prettier (note I'm not adding more useful, but that goes for cars too) not a damn thing worth paying for.Theres a reason OpenOffice has growth in its future. Windows has a hard time justifying its new price tag, Office can't even begin to.
gobbybobby said:
I have Office 2007 ultimate, there was a time when office came free with windows, back in the day. But MS are greedy and make you fork out loads to buy their software, although I got Office ultimate for £30 ($45) with a student card. Will they offer cheap upgrades?
burty117 said:
Why is there 64-bit and 32-bit versions? since 64-bit is used to enable the use of more ram, why is office going to take up so much RAM??or is it just so it has 100% compatibility with 64-bit OS's??
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