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On a calendar inside my office there are a whole bunch of funny acronyms: RTM, RTBU, M2, M1. The final one in all those calendars is today: GA. That’s General Availability of Office 2010. In other words you can walk into a store and buy the product, or buy it online.
Now if you want to find out how to make it great (our campaign slogan) before you buy, we have you covered. Simply get the free 60-day trial that you can download right now. Really, you can stop reading now, and just download it.
Apparently you're still reading, so here's more news: A major upgrade to the Office.com website that supports Office includes better ways to browse templates and images (including a dandy image gallery), and, yes, to download the product.
Office.com also supports earlier versions of Office. You can tailor your search to just the products you have. If you want to start in on Office 2010, a good place begin is the Getting Started pages with tools and guides created for you whether you're brand new to Office, upgrading from Office 2007, or upgrading from an earlier version.
One more little freebie I want you to know about is a book you can download. First Look: Office 2010 is not available in stores. Only a few copies were printed to hand out at release events. But now you can download the complete 184-page book, or simply look at a chapter or two that tickles your fancy. We'll have more book excerpts at Office.com in the future.
So dig in, or just celebrate “GA” with us and download the product now for a free, 60-day trial. (Had I mentioned that?)
I have the 2010 Beta version but also had bought 2007 within the specified time frame this spring to get the 2010 free upgrade. How do I now get the free upgrade for having bought 2007 this spring?
Is it possible to upgrade from the 2010 Beta directly to 2010 Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus, or do I need to uninstall the beta and lose my settings?
I am an educator who needs to buy the full Professional version. At the National Air and Space Museum we've developed a major database using Access. I track incidents using OneNote. I work lots of hours at home and want to have Access available to me at that location so I can provide support to our users.
I've been running the beta package of Professional this year, BUT...I see no Microsoft Office Professional 2010 version for educators or any way to use my educational status to get that package at an educator's price.
Rodney L. Wright
Tim: You need to delete the beta and then load the trial. Some settings may be carried over. I have not done that myself, but that has worked in the past.
Theresa: To take advantage of the tech guarantee go here: www.office.com/tech-guarantee
Rod: You need the Office Professional Academic 2010 Suite. You can buy it here with proof of eligibility:
How long will I be able to keep using my Beta?
I have been a beta use of the 2010 suite for several months. Do I have to buy it? Also, I have found bugs in it and see no way to report them.
I use the following programs, outlook, word, excel and because of this i have to by outlook for $130. extra dollars? you added one note. i need outlook not onenote. Due you have a group for the three i need? Maybe the version you are selling to the AAFES ( Military PX exchanges www.aafes.com/default_s.aspx )? I love your new programs but ... thank you, Vicki firstname.lastname@example.org
I would not buy this. Have had a few problems with Outlook closing abruptly. Very disappointing
Ken: The beta should work until October. There was a "Send a Smile" program that was sent with the beta. Check your tray icons to see if it's there. That way you can send comments, bugs.
Vicki: the lowest priced suite--Home & Student--had the same four programs in 2007 and 2010. Outlook is available in the other suites or you can buy separately. See all products available here: store.microsoft.com/.../2
When proofing tools suite will be available for office 2010? We can not think about deploying 2010 as long as we can not buy additional Central European languages. And we want to use english version - not localized one, but with thesaurus/spell checker for czech, hungarian, polish etc.
MS sites says nothing about availability date yet :(
It's too expensive!!! I have Office 2007, so I can use an upgrade version, and I need it. It simply costs too much.
Robert: I found out some more information on Language Packs and Proofing Tools.
The Multi-Language Pack (which includes the Proofing Tools Kit) is scheduled to release in October. The other option open to the customer is to purchase and install the appropriate Single Language Pack(s). The set of languages available here will grow over the coming weeks and months to include the Central European languages.
You can find out more about Language Packs here:office.microsoft.com/.../office-language-packs-FX101825698.aspx