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Today, we are thrilled to announce the release of the public Beta of Microsoft Office 2010! Betas for Office 2010, as well as SharePoint Server 2010, Visio 2010, and Project 2010 are available for download at www.microsoft.com/2010. This is an exciting and significant milestone for both the Office and Outlook teams, because it means that for the first time, anyone can download Office 2010! You can learn more about the complete release of the Office 2010 beta on our Office blog.
The Outlook team is particularly excited for a number of reasons – the beta release represents the latest and best version of Outlook 2010 we’ve been working on. Features that we’ve discussed on this blog in recent months – Conversation Arrangement, Quick Steps, Mail Tips, Calendar Preview, Multiple Exchange Accounts and more – are all now publicly available and accessible through the beta for anyone to try today. In addition to the features we’ve already discussed here, we’ve invested a great deal between the Technical Preview release and today’s beta around the user interface, performance, and overall fit and finish. Finally, we are introducing a great new feature today, the Outlook Social Connector.
In addition to the beta release, the Office team has also done a great deal of work to improve our online content and experience, and you can see the latest information on Office 2010 and more by visiting the newly designed Office.com.
The beta is a significant milestone in the development of Office and Outlook 2010, but we’re not done yet! Our final and official release of Office 2010 is still slated for the first half of 2010, and I encourage you to keep in touch with us on this blog to learn more as we enter the final phases of our development efforts to release Office 2010.
Finally, I’d like to personally thank everyone who has been involved with our efforts to release the beta today – in addition to the Outlook engineering team, there have been countless customers and partners who have given us invaluable feedback along the way to help make this beta what it is today. I know I speak for all of them when I say go download the beta of Office 2010 and enjoy!
Dev Balasubramanian Outlook Product Manager
I am presently testing Outlook 2010 Beta2 on Windows 7/32 Bits. I am having a problem with incoming emails. I get the notification in the bottom right corner of the monitor but when I maximize Outlook, the emails are nowhere to be found. Also almost all of my tabs are missing from the Ribbon. Account Settings cannot be accessed I can get the emails on Mozilla Thunderbird which I installed because of these problems. This leads me to believe that there is a bug in Outlook 2010 Beta2.
It would be great if the ability to quickly add a screenshot into an email could be incorporated into Outlook. The tool to do this in Word 2010 is really very good. I'd also like to see the ability to drag text straight into the location field of a new appointment - you can into the subject line; just not the location. Great new look to the product - excellent!
Just out of curiosity is anyone having issues with the auto complete feature within Outlook 2010. I recall it working in the beginning of testing but has not been working lately. This is a major problem for many users because the auto complete feature is highly leveraged. Besides this the product has been working great since install. The conversations view is a good addition but can be difficult to get used to. Good product and seems to be a very stable Beta, I can't wait for the final product.
I've been looking for 2 months to somewhere to post feedback about Outlook 2010. I would like to know why it is not possible to search my message store unless I also want Outlook items to appear in Windows searches? I have always excluded my message stores from the Windows indexes. I don't have any problem doing that in OL2007 but if I do it with OL2010, Outlook won't find anything. Why was this change made? I was very happy with Outlook searching before and want to limit my Windows searches to the specific locations listed. Making me include thousands of Outlook items in Windows searches means that I have to spend time sorting/group to find even the simplest Windows item. This is bad.
I am using office 2010 beta. i want to know why am i getting all these activation windows.
Unnoticed Outlook Problems 1. when creating a form, your logos arrive as attachments because of a glitch in the "automatic image compression", when you compose an email without turning off automatica image compression, it also arrives as embarrassing attachments. meaning, that the problem lies in the way outlook stores forms, somehow reverting to a default format, and that form, once created, can never be adjusted with image compression on or off to solve th problem, and the form becomes forever useless. Unless you possibly go through the procedure of selecting each image in the form and turning off compression, which defeats the purpose of using forms Solution: give a tools menu option to permanently disable "automatic compression", which also re-establishes/remembers the similar function and setting in the Forms creator / developer / manager 2. Signature files do not include a text-wrapping option. I understand you did this because of the "buggy" behavior of the signature file, but when editing the signatures .htm file in the signatures folder with MS Word's WYSIWYG editor you can achieve text wrapping effect, giving the logo to the right of several lines of text, which an overwhelming majority of corporate logos and signatures require, but is not doable in Outlook 2007s signature tool. many people are even coding the breaks into the html Solution: Add the single "text wrapping' "Through" function in the signature editor in Outlook, and disable "image compression" for images and logos used in signatures to prevent them from arriving as attachments 3. the html format is word is not "email safe", meaning alot of the format disappears in web-based email, though it looks great in Outlook. The HTML editor is too complex / rich and needs to be modified for outlook to keep to standard browser widths, and use only objects that can show through and work with all web-based email clients. forget about those code-nuts who want to spread spyware and malicious viruses on outr comuters with CSS and focus on Outlooks features being on standard width, and with standard funtions that work with web-based email clients, as opposed to matching browser standards the radical developers are demanding Solution: make the Outlook Email editer less powerful than Word's, and limit margins and functions of objects and layout and formatting which doesnt work with main email services such as Gmail and #4. Add a tools menu function to make all carriage returns behave as shift + enter, so that those of us who properly compose our emails don't get them double and tripls and quadruple spaced on the web-based email's client server editing the signature .htm file also requires the use of shift+enter to even make a new line, just hitting enter skips an entire page. the signature editor should have only shift+enter carriage return function for all 'enter's a proper email is composed double spaced, much as I am composing this post this is standard email format, especially in international business communications where separating lines really helps to clarify the message and divide the points, and avoid costly mistakes and serious errors and when we compose the email like this in Word, in proper format, it is recieved in other email clients looking alot like this and #5. when importing your contacts from an excel database, all Chinese formatting is lost, and shows up as little square boxes I must first import my excel database into access, and then save it, and then import the access database into outlook, that is the only way I can read Chinese Charaters on an English windows XP and English Outlook. Solution: fix outlooks encoding issues.. or is it excels?
and #6 it would be nice if we could instantly add skype, twitter, facebook, blogspot, msn messenger, yahoo messenger, etc to our signature in the signature editer such as a little icon developer, where you browse for the icon, and select the function, or have them all ready made. but alot if different countries have very different messengers/ blogs, so it would be much more useful to have an icon developer / editer and #7-10 7. Adding a date for sent messages sitting in your outbox or 'future outbox' folder to send to specific dates weeks or even months away currently you only give us several hours to delay, we really need a calendar to appear, and select the date and time manually and that should even be built into the Mail merge steps, so this mail merge sent out today, the next mail merge sent out next friday, etc... 8. Mail-merges currently do not have an option to add custom fields to the body of the email if the mailmerge is sent as an attachment, which completely defeats the purpose of having a mail merge with attachments sent to 30 people. If you cant even add their name to the body of the text, why would you want to add their name to the atttachment? there needs to be th ability to do both, or the Mailmerge remains sort of 'broken' 9. Mail merges currently cannot send to multiple email address fields for contacts, such as a spouse email/ comapnay / email etc., other than distribution lists, which dont even have enough data for a mail merge. the only way around this is to mail merge directly from an excel database, and sen to email 1 first, then do another email merge to the email 2 fields. i, for one, do not write 2 email addresses for one person unless each email address serves a different function. 10. Email accounts and outlook account selection should be built directly into outlook, and not only achieved through the windows control panel. I used to have 3000 different contacts on my PDA phone that would sync to my windowns mobile 6 pda no matter what I did, until i created a new account for business contacts and another account for personal contacts, which made my life extrmely miserable.
I installed the beta on an Windows XP laptop. I couldn't use it. Outlook kept crashing. Wouldn't download, etc.. I restored my computer and now I can't use my Office 2003. I don't have a disk. What do i do?
Keep getting an error message when i try to move a pice of mail from my google email to my local folder 'Cannot move item. The server responded could not parse command'. The mail does move, just keep getting this error message, annoying. Also, nothing in my outbox is being sent through my google account anymore, i know it was working when i first installed it.
Has anyone had the problem with no being able to download the Offline Address Book? I run Outlook 2010 Beta with very few issues, but I cannot get a new copy of the Offline Address Book using the "Download Address Book" option. There is nothing in Google about this in 2010, and I cannot find the solution anywhere. MS Support won't help because it is Beta.
The praise: I am LOVING the new Office 2010 Beta! So amazing and well thought-out! Gold stars peeps! The constructive feedback: Does anyone else have this problem? When I click on the heading "Personal Folders" in the left hand pane in Outlook, Outlook restarts or quits outright. It says "checking for a solution to the problem." but apparently there isn't one...yet??? I'd love to hear when there is! :) Go Microsoft!!!
I did not download MS Office 2010 yet but have a question: is there now more than one mobile number label/field in contacts phone list? Lots of people carry more than one mobile and in 2007 there are pagers still (do they still exist?) but only one mobile number. Thanks