I received a surprised package today from Microsoft: the Microsoft Office 2010 Beta inside a 2 GB Windows 7 USB Flash drive “wrapped”in a cool case!
It was mentioned on Microsoft Connect that we would get our hands on Office 2010 Beta some time in November 2009 (the ones that you’ve got now is called the Technical Preview – or the Pre-Beta 1).
Unfortunately I’ve got the 32-bit version where as my Technical Preview installation was the 64-bit :( I couldn’t do an upgrade so I had to uninstall the current one before installing the beta.
”Unboxing” my Microsoft Office 2010 Beta
Installing Microsoft Office 2010 Beta
The installation took around 10-20 minutes on my computer (after I double click on the “ProfessionalPlus.exe” file. Not too sure what have changed apart from visual changes (didn’t get a change log) but I’d suspect bug fixes and stability. Amazingly, after the installation, I didn’t receive any notification to restart my Windows? It’s all good.
Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Screenshots
Microsoft Office Word 2010 Beta Screenshots
Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Beta Screenshots
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 Beta Screenshots
Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 Beta Screenshots
Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Impressions
I haven’t played around too much yet as I was getting so excited in posting the Office 2010 screenshots here (I got the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta version) The overall presentation is actually better; the colours are more soothing and the fonts look smoother somehow. Interface is not everything but if you have to waste hours in front of it, why not make it better?
The Send-a-Smile is still there too if you love giving feedback to Microsoft about the product.
The icons are new and looks more professional.
Left: Office 2010 Technical Preview, Right: Office 2010 Beta
PS: Sorry to ommit the OneNote, Access, and the other products’ screenshots but they are in the Office 2010 Beta suite :)