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Windows 7: Office 2010 Beta - impressed so far

21 Nov 2009   #1

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
Office 2010 Beta - impressed so far

Hi there
I've been playing around with the Office beta 2010 -- only EXCEL at the moment

It seems to have a nicer interface -- I'm glad the hideous Office 2007 blob has gone

The start menu is much nicer - and as always if you don't like the large ribbon you can get rid of it with CTRL+F1. CTRL+F1 again brings it back.

Anyway here's the start menu in 2010 for EXCEL. (I changed the background in options to BLACK - I prefer it to the default white one).

Seems to run old 2003 / 2007 version spreadsheets with macros etc etc OK.

(I'm testing this in a W7 pro X-64 Virtual machine -- I don't want to screw up any of my actual work documents while testing this).

I am hoping the language packs will apear soon for a proper test.

So far looks good MS.


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21 Nov 2009   #2


I agree, seems to have a nicer feel to the entire suite.

One problem I am finding is with Outlook, when minimized to the tray this version does not show the new mail icon as it does with OL 2007.
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21 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


Languages should not be long
Copy of a mail I received yesterday

We are very happy to announce the following international language versions of the Microsoft Office 2010 Click-to-Run Beta (build 4536.1000), are NOW also available at
• German
• Spanish
• French
• Japanese
• Chinese Simplified
• Russian
The setup exe's for each of these languages is located your Downloads section.
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21 Nov 2009   #4


I've discovered some issues with the beta.
  1. Outlook will not sync in Itunes, Itunes does not recognise outlook as mail default. I set it to default, you cannot modify the itunes addins under the command tab, nor does it come up in the certificate tab.
  2. Word will not accept incoming data from another app via the clipboard. If you use a text editor and use the clipboard to paste it to a word doc it will not paste up using the format option.
  3. And my biggest peeve, you cannot customise any ribbons, either using vba or vbase.
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