Office 2010 FAQ - All you need to know about Office 2010

Office 2010 is the latest version of the Office productivity suite by Microsoft. It has become more richer, streamlined and feature packed than previous versions. New features such as Backstage provide quicker access to various features. Office 2010 is currently in Technical Preview. Here’s a FAQ to answer the most common queries that readers have about it. If there are any more questions you would like answered, leave them in the comments.

What is Office 14 and what is Office 2010?

Office 14 is the version number of Office 2010. Office 2010 is the name of the latest Office productivity suite by Microsoft which is one of the most popular software suites in the world.

What is Office 14 Technical Preview? Where is Office 2010 Beta?

Office 14 has been released to a selected group of testers ( including yours truly ), as a Technical Preview so that they can get feedback and improve along with the usual bug fixes. Technical Preview is Microsoft’s term for Beta.

How can I get the Technical Preview build of Office 2010?

You can sign up to be in the waiting list to participate in the Technical Preview program for Office 2010.

What’s new in Office 2010?

Office 2010 features improvements to the UI and contains new multimedia insertion and editing capabilities. It features better collaboration features and anywhere access. It is also the first version of Office to be developed in 64 bit flavor along with the usual 32 bit. For a comprehensive list of features check out http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/. You can see some of the features here as well.

What is the price of Office 2010?

Pricing hasn’t been announced by Microsoft.

When will it be launched?

Office 2010 is expected to be available in the first half of 2010.

Which version of Office 2010 is for me? 32 bit or 64 bit?

There’s not much difference in terms of performance in both versions but it is recommended that you use 64 bit version of Office 2010 with a 64 bit OS. You’ll find some improvements in processing speed when working with huge excel sheets or databases in access.

I have a compatibility issue with Office 2010 64 bit edition and Expression Web. How do I fix it?

  • Uninstall Expression Web.
  • Install Office 2010 64 bit.
  • Re-install Expression Web.

If you want to run Office 2010 x64 in parallel with Office 2007:

  • Uninstall Office 2007.
  • Install Office 2010 64 bit.
  • Re-install Office 2007.
[Thank to David for this!]

The leaked build has a higher version number than the Technical Preview build. Why?

The leaked build is an internal post-beta build, hence newer than the technical preview. It’s not recommended that you use the leaked build but participate in the Technical Preview to provide feedback to Microsoft and help improve Office 2010

Which editions of Office 2010 will be available? What are there features?

Here’s the comparison table from Wikipedia which shows the different editions of Office 2010 that will be available along with their programs and features:

Programs and Features Home and Student Home and Business Standard Professional Professional Plus
Licensing Retail Retail Volume Retail Volume
Price of Full Version (in USD) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Price of Upgrade Version (in USD) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Excel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OneNote Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PowerPoint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Word Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outlook No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Publisher No No Yes Yes Yes
Access No No No Yes Yes
Communicator No No No No Yes
InfoPath No No No No Yes
SharePoint Workspace No No No No Yes

What are Office Web Applications?

Office Web Applications is the online version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote that will run inside a browser to let you access and edit your documents from anywhere on the Internet. Collaboration is also available in the Web Apps. Office Web Apps will feature a the same interface that Office 2010 has.

Will I need to download a plug-in for Office Web Applications?

Office Web Applications will run fine inside your browser without any plug-in but installing Silverlight will enhance the experience.

Will Office Web Applications work in my favorite browser?

Yes, Office Web Applications will run on all major browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and compatibility for Google Chrome will also be available.

Will it work on my favorite operating system?

Yes, it will work on Windows, Macs and Linux as long as you use a compatible browser. Office Web Applications will even work on your iPhone!