Microsoft Office 2010 Beta Now Available

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta - Free DownloadIf you want to see what Microsoft has in store for Office 2010 here’s your chance. Microsoft is making the Beta of Office 2010 available for all comers. You can download it right here.

I’ve been using the technical preview for some time and I really like the changes Microsoft has come up with. The ribbon now appears across the suite of apps, and you can modify it and put things exactly where you want them to be. The most impressive thing that I’ve discovered in my use of the technical preview is that everything seems to open and operate with excellent speed.

Of course the thing that most folks have their eye on is the use of the cloud. You’ll have to wait a bit for that unless you’re working with a company that is also testing out the Sharepoint Beta. Microsoft isn’t making consumer versions of its Web Apps available at this point.

Microsoft is also making the Beta of Office Mobile available for you to test out on your Windows Mobile handheld if you are running WinMo 6.5. It is supposedly available on the Windows Marketplace for Mobile site, but I don’t see a link there yet.

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  1. Joe

    11/18/2009 at 2:33 pm

    Hmm, it’s my understanding that in the Office 2010 beta, Consumer Web Apps should be working (that was supposed to be one of the new big things going from the Technical Preview to the Beta). You’ll even see http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/office-web-apps/overview.aspx gives you instructions on how to do it, and the menu options are there in the 3 apps they mention- Word, Excel, Powerpoint (nothing in OneNote yet). However, I’ve tried it a couple times, and it’s always failed, so maybe you’re right.

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  2. xmangerm

    11/18/2009 at 4:31 pm

    I can’t get enough of this free beta software stuff. I just fell for the Opera Mobile 10 Beta browser for my Samsung i8910 HD smartphone now this super Office suite will install nicely on my HP Touchsmart tx2 and probably my Fuji U810 also. What more could one ask for?

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  3. Ben

    11/18/2009 at 5:25 pm

    i hope MS makes the office mobile apps available on android and iphone (and i guess pre and symbian). they should (must?) do this because:

    “All the apps that count will be ported to every one of them. It’s a completely different situation from the PC market, where software’s built to run on a Windows or a Mac. Mobile apps require very little development, so it’s much easier to bring them onto every platform.”

    so if MS doesn’t port their office mobile apps, then i guess office is one of those no-count apps.

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  4. Scoobie

    11/18/2009 at 5:57 pm

    I’d like to try onenote – is it working? and if I migrate to it now will my notes still be ok when the final version comes out?

    also will mobilenoter work to sync with 2010?

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  5. scoobie

    11/18/2009 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve answered the mobilenoter question – they are working to make it compatible with onenote 2010

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  6. scoobie

    11/18/2009 at 6:58 pm

    How are we meant to migrate existing notebooks over to onenote 2010? I have custom tags in my notebooks for instance that I really don’t want to remove

    The recommendation is to deinstall your existing onenote before installing the new one I notice.

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  7. Joe

    11/18/2009 at 9:49 pm

    You can either convert a 2007 OneNote Notebook to 2010, or you can just leave it as is.

    Apparently Excel and Powerpoint’s Web Apps are working, Word and Onenote aren’t yet.

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  8. Warner Crocker

    11/19/2009 at 6:49 am

    @Ben: According to what I’m reading the Web Apps only work on an enterprise level at the moment. I may be wrong and I haven’t had a chance to catch up on the info yet.

    @Scoobie: Mobilenoter works fine with 2010. At least it did with the Technical preview.

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  9. sbtablet

    11/19/2009 at 8:50 am

    So will there be an inkshow highlighting the new features? I’m especially interested in OneNote 2010 and what you guys think of it.

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  10. scoobie

    11/19/2009 at 3:03 pm

    The Onenote web app doesn’t exist at the moment and isn’t built into the beta.
    Likelihood is therefore than any notes you create in 2010 beta will not work with the Web app when it comes.

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  11. Joe

    11/20/2009 at 1:49 am

    Just like you could upgrade notebooks from 2007 to 2010 Technical Preview and then upgrade notebooks from 2010 Technical Preview to 2010 Beta, you should be able to upgrade the notebooks for the final 2010 version.

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  12. sbtablet

    11/20/2009 at 12:53 pm

    Don’t care about the web apps. I care about OneNote 2010. Period. Do we get an InkShow?

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