Microsoft Office 2010 Editions and Pricing Revealed

We covered various aspects of Microsoft Office 2010 in the past. Microsoft Office is among the most sold software products and Office 2007 was quite well received. In fact, Office Home and Student was one of Amazon.com’s top 3 Hot Holiday Bestseller software products in 2009. Office Home and Student was also the highest selling PC software product (including games) at retail in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday 2009. Office 2010 is a reasonable improvement over Office 2007 and the beta phase has received huge amounts of interest. According to Microsoft, it is experiencing more than 40,000 downloads of Microsoft Office 2010 beta daily.

Microsoft has finally revealed the cost of various editions of Office 2010. Office 2010 will be available in 4 editions – Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business, Office Professional, and Office Professional Academic. They are priced at $149, $279, $499 and $99 respectively.

Microsoft has also been working on alternate distribution methods for Office 2010. It has partnered with major retailers and PC manufactures, as a result of which new PCs from these partners will ship with Office 2010 pre-loaded. Users will be able to unlock their copy of Office by simply purchasing product key cards. The product key cards are significantly cheaper than the boxed editions. Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business and Office Professional product key cards can be purchased for $119, $199 and $349 respectively.

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TwentyTen for Firefox – Stunning Office 2010 Inspired Firefox Theme

Microsoft Office 2010 looks quite cool and thanks to a new extension you can easily get the same look in Firefox. TwentyTen is a new theme for Firefox which includes Office 2010 inspired graphics and color styles.

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TwentyTen for Firefox with Microsoft Word Color Style

The theme also features a companion extension called TwentyTenBuddy which allows you to tweak various aspects of the theme and change color styles. The best thing is that, any changes you make are applied instantaneously.

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TwentyTen for Firefox – Theme Options

Although the theme supports Aero Glass effects, it is completely optional. The theme looks good even on systems without Aero. I personally prefer to use the theme with the menu bar hidden. If you feel that you can’t do without the menu bar, you can use the Hide Menubar extension for Firefox to temporarily hide the menu bar.

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TwentyTen for Firefox – File Menu

TwentyTen is one of the best Firefox themes we have come across. Its biggest strength is its minimalism. Give it a try and let us know if you loved it as much as we did.

[ Download TwentyTen for Firefox ]

Achievements of Open-Source Products in 2009

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Open Source

From the launch of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, to the continued improvements in Firefox, open source products achieved a lot in 2009. While established products like OpenOffice continued to flourish, we saw the emergence of new and promising contenders like Chrome OS. Here is a highlight on what open source community, as a whole achieved this year:

Drupal

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Drupal

The Drupal content management system runs Whitehouse.gov and dozens of other high-profile Web sites. Acquia, a startup in charge of commercializing Drupal, has received more than $18 million in venture capital to date, which is testimony the success of Drupal.

Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

In October, Canonical released Ubuntu 9.10, code-named “Karmic Koala,” which enables companies to build their own cloud computing environments on their own servers and hardware. As it has done with desktop and server Linux, Canonical aims to take a pioneering role in cloud computing, and this release is the first step in that direction.

Git

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Git

Git, a distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel, has very quickly entered the mainstream since its creation less than 3 years ago. The documentation that comes with Git describes it as “a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich command set”.

SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio

Novell launched Suse Studio in July as part of its Suse Appliance Program. So far, Linux users and developers are impressed with what Suse Studio brings to them, in terms of simplicity and functionality.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS
Chrome OS

Unveiled in July, Chrome OS, an open-source system that initially will be targeted at netbooks, is Google’s bid to offer a fast, lightweight and secure way to find information online. Google released Chrome OS to open source in November and revealed its intention to partner with as-yet-unknown hardware vendors to bring Chrome OS-powered netbooks to market in time for next year’s holiday season.

OpenOffice

Open Office
Open Office

In October, OpenOffice.org proudly declared that more than 100 million visitors had clicked on the Web site’s ‘Download OpenOffice.org’ button since version 3.0 of the software was released in October 2008. OpenOffice is being adopted by more and more users because of its increased interoperability with Microsoft Office.

Firefox

Firefox
Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser passed the one billion download. No need to talk about its speed and performance, which always continues to be better.

Office 2010 Box Art Leaked Online [Screenshots]

What more can we leak? Well has been leaked numerous amounts of time since its inception, and now we also have a chance to look at the Box Art in which Office 2010 will be shipping in June.

The boxes use the same color combinations as Office 2007, however the new creative’s have been included in this version. Surprising the Office 2010 Professional Academic edition sports a completely different look from the rest of the editions. Office 2010 will be shipping in June 2010, the pricing is not known yet, but check our earlier post about the details on how Office 2010 will be sold to get more information.

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What do you think? Do you like the Box Art? Or do you like what will be inside it?

[via Neowin & CentrumXP]

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta FAQ

is scheduled for launch in June 2010, many users are able to test it out by downloading Office 2010 and using it till October 2010.

However, many users may still be vary before taking the plunge. To dispel those doubts, Microsoft has put up a comprehensive page of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), which tries to answer questions related to Office 2010, and helps users know about the major updates in Office 2010.

If you are someone who has been putting off downloading Office 2010 beta, here is something that will help you make a decision.

Office 2010 Beta FAQs [via TechNet]

How To Minimize Ribbon Menu in Office 2010 and Office 2007

Office 2007 introduced ribbons, a new feature which gave users easy access to several tasks and segregated them to provide one click access to otherwise hidden features. too sports the same ribbons.

However not many people liked the new ribbon feature and wanted to get rid of them. We did cover some tools to do it, which included the classic menu for Office 2007 and 2010. However, a hidden trick in both these versions can help you to minimize or hide the ribbon menu.

Hiding or Minimizing Ribbon Menu in Office 2007

To hide or minimize the ribbon menu in Office 2007, just double click on the active tab or use the   Ctrl + F1. In addition to that you can also right click the ribbon menu to hide it.

Hiding or Minimizing Ribbons in Office 2010

Office 2010 on the other hand provides users with a straightforward way to hide the ribbon menu. In Office 2010 applications, click on the up arrow button to hide the ribbon menu.

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To display the menu again click on the down arrow button. You can also use the shortcut key Ctrl + F1or the other options which existed in Office 2007 to hide or display the ribbon menu.

[via Office 2010 Blog]

Office 2010 Starter Edition Leaked

Starter Edition the OOPS adware version of Office 2010 has leaked on the Internet by a WinMatrix forum user.

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The starter edition of Office 2010 includes Microsoft Word Starter Edition and Microsoft Excel starter edition, which do not have all the features of the regular Word and Excel. However, the starter edition will be enough for your day to day use of dealing with documents.

Why is Microsoft giving the Office 2010 starter edition free? Like we told you in the beginning this is not much of a free version and is instead an adware, so you can expect to see ads pop up while editing your documents or creating spreadsheets.

You can always try out Office Plus Professional 2010 till October 2010 by downloading it from the official download page.

[via Blogs DNA]

Office 2010 Public Beta for Windows & Win Mobile Available for Downloads

Microsoft has finally started out with the public beta of , making the Office 2010 Professional Plus edition available for downloads.

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This version of Office 2010 includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Access, InfoPath, Sharepoint, Publisher and Access. In addition to that Project 2010 and Visio 2010 are available as separate downloads.

Please note that you will have to uninstall all previous versions of Office before you can install the new version. You will have to register yourself using your Windows Live ID in order to download a copy of Office 2010.

Download Office 2010 Professional Plus Beta

[via Download Squad]

Download Office 2010 Beta [Coming Soon]

beta has hit the roads with MSDN and TechNet subscribers already having access to download the latest copy of Microsoft Office. If you are not a MSDN or TechNet subscriber you would still be able to download a copy of Office 2010 beta in the coming days.

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Microsoft has already put up a site where users can download Office 2010 beta. However, the download buttons do not work yet. Microsoft will be offering three versions of Office 2010 beta including:

  • Office Home and Business 2010 beta
  • Office Professional 2010 beta
  • Office Professional Plus 2010 beta with Volume licensing

If you have been waiting to download the beta don’t forget to bookmark the Office 2010 download site. We will keep you updated as an when the downloads are available for general public.

If you have been wondering about the new changes in Office 2010, you can view leaked screenshots of Office 2010 beta. For pricing details view the pricing details for Office 2010.

Office Genuine Advantage Uninstaller

Microsoft has been pushing Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) to PCs in order to stem piracy and alert users if they are using a counterfeit copy of Microsoft Office. Though this tool is generally not required, Microsoft pushes it to PCs as requiredor importantupdates.

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Though there is nothing wrong in having this software installed on your PC, uninstalling it is a nightmare. If you are looking to uninstall Office genuine advantage from your PC, don’t bother to use the regular programs uninstaller as it will not work.

The folks at My Digital Life, have come up with a batch script that will allow you to completely uninstall Office Genuine Advantage from your PC. Just download and run the batch file in this post to do the needful.

Image via My Digital Life