Extend MS Office 2010 Trial Version For 180 Days

If your trial period of 30 days has run out on the latest Microsoft Office version 2010, don’t sweat. Trial extender lets you renew your trial period for another 30 days and you can repeat the drill up to 5 times. That comes to a total of 180 days of using latest MS Office for free. Trial Extender is based on a built-in feature so we assume it is safe and legal to use.

You do have to have a .NET framework installed on your machine but other than that there are no restrictions and no strings attached. The Trial Extender can be downloaded here. Hopefully in 6 months you would have had enough trial of the software and would have made a decision to buy it or not. This latest version of MS Office offers some great new features and we have already told you about some really good tips and tricks to optimize the software.

Extend Office 2010 Trial

Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Visio 2010 Have Reached the RTM Milestone

Microsoft Office 2010 along with three other products reached the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) milestone. This announcement was made at “The official blog of the Microsoft Office product development group” at Technet by Takeshi Numoto, the Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office.


RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release.

Office 2010 has reached the RTM milestone alongside Visio 2010, Project 2010 and SharePoint 2010. The flagship Office suite from Microsoft saw the public beta release of its latest version in November last year. Since then, more than 5,000 partners and testers have continuously evaluated the product. Stats at the Office blog indicate that the testing of Office 2010 was the largest ever for a software product.

As far as availability of the final product is concerned, Volume License customers with active Software Assurance will be able to download the latest version from April 27. Others may get their hands on it from 1st of May onwards.

This time, Office 2010 will have a virtual launch at the 2010 event website. You can expect to see product demos, customer and partner testimonials, and interviews with product managers and executives at this virtual launch.

Even though Office 2010 along with SharePoint and other 2010 products is available online only two weeks from now, it will hit the stores only in the US in June 2010. The India launch is also expected to be sometime in June this year.

Do not forget to check the pricing and edition details to choose your Office 2010.

Microsoft To Launch Office 2010 For India In June

Microsoft will be launching for individuals and businesses in Indian markets in June 2010. The release date for the Office 2010 suite in India is similar to the worldwide launch of Office 2010, which is somewhere around the second week of June.

Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Corp’s India Chairman Ravi Venkatesan told reporters:

The Office 2010 will be available for both businesses and consumers in June.

This is in stark contrast to the delay of in India, due to budgetary and other considerations. Most likely Indian users will be able to buy a copy of Office 2010 through retail stores, however, if you are planning to purchase a copy of Office 2010 online through downloads, you may have to pay an additional service tax of 10.3%.

Users can currently download a beta version of Office 2010, however, the version is set to expire in October 2010, after which people will have to purchase a license from Microsoft.

If you have purchased a copy of Office 2007, you will get a free upgrade to Office 2010 too. Pricing details for Office 2010 in India has not been revealed yet, however, you can see the Office 2010 pricing for US right now.

Microsoft Office 2010 RTM Next Month, Free Upgrade If You Buy Office 2007 From Today

In a blog post on the official Microsoft Office blog, the Office team has detailed their roadmap for the next iteration of Microsoft Office Office 2010. The highlights from the blog post are:

  • Office 2010 RTM next month
  • Office 2010 retail availability in June
  • Free upgrade to Office 2010 for customer to purchase/activate Office 2007 starting today
  • Business range of products that includes Office 2010, Sharepoint 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 to be available from May 12.

The free upgrade program is known as Office 2010 Technology Guarantee and is a free online service. To be eligible for the free upgrade, you must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Purchase Office 2007, or a new PC with Office 2007, and activate it between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010.
  • Have, or create a Windows Live ID.
  • Redeem your Tech Guarantee before October 31, 2010 by visiting www.office.com/techg.

Buy Office 2007 and Get a Free Upgrade to Office 2010, Don’t Get Excited Though

Here is some news for people who buy Office 2007 (not for those who already have them), you will get a free upgrade to , if you buy a copy of Office 2007 between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010.


However, not all versions quality for a free upgrade. Only users who purchase Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Office Standard 2007, Office Small Business 2007, Office Professional 2007 or Publisher 2007 will be eligible to receive an upgrade to a similar Office 2010 upgrade.

According to a now deleted post from Charles Van Heusen’s blog (Google cache link), here is how you can be eligible for an upgrade.

Purchase Office 2007—Customer buys qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) from an authorized reseller between March 5 September 30, 2010.

Install and Activate Office 2007—Customer installs and activates Office 2007 by September 30,2010.

Download Office 2010—Customer simply downloads Office 2010 for free when Office 2010 is available, or orders a DVD for a fee. Customer must request upgrade by October 31, 2010.

Is it Worth It?

Take a look at the comparison below for pricing difference between Office 2007 and Office 2010 which was derived from the Office 2010 pricing.

  • Office Home and Student 2007 costs $149 and so does the 2010 version – NO Benefits
  • Office 2007 Standard costs $399.95, Office Home and Business 2010 version will cost $279 – Loss of $120
  • Office Small Business 2007 costs $449.95, Office Professional 2010 version will cost $499 – Benefit of $50
  • Office Professional 2007 costs $499.95, Office Professional 2010 version will cost $499, Loss of $.95

As you can see, users will only get some benefit if they purchase a copy of Office Small Business 2007, all other versions either give you no benefits or lose you some money in the bargain.

Another interesting thing about this deal is that the deal is actually available thru September 2010, so I am guessing that Office 2010 will start selling in October 2010 rather than June 2010 as we had earlier told you. Looks like October is now a somewhat lucky month for Microsoft, their last product has definitely given them a reason to smile and it was released in October 2009.

Please note, all the rates were taken from the official price list available at Microsoft. These prices do not include deals you will get by buying the Office 2007 products at a third party site.

Office 2010 System Requirements Unveiled

A few days ago, Microsoft unveiled the pricing and editions for Office 2010, however, there was no indication as to what the requirements for would be. But that question has been answered today by Alex Dubec, the product manager of the Office Trustworthy Computing Performance team.

Office 2010 Logo

According to Alex, users who are currently running Office 2007 and Office 2003 would be able to run Office 2010 on the same hardware. The minimum requirements are very low and Office 2010 has been benchmarked to run on a 500 MHz CPU with 256MB RAM on XP.

According to Alex, the disk space requirement has gone up due to the footprints of most office getting larger, so there will be an increase of 0.5 GB for standalone applications and 1.0 or 1.5GB for suites. So if the Office 2010 footprint is 1.6GB, the minimum disk space would be 2.0GB. The required disk space will be larger than the disk space actually used by the software.

Office 2010 widely supports both 32-bit and 64-bit OS including , SP1, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server.



Office 2010 will run on DirectX 9.0c compliant graphics processor with 64MB Video memory. So overall it looks Office 2010 will work on most of the current day PCs and even on computers which are a few years old. Office 2010 is scheduled to release somewhere around June 2010.

For more information on the system requirements visit this blog post by the Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering team.

Microsoft Office 2010 RTM Coming in April, New Build Leaked

Wzor gained notoriety during the Windows 7 beta phase, for consistently leaking internal builds and they are at it again! They have just leaked a new internal build of Microsoft Office 2010. The leaked build has version number 14.0.4730.1007 and is newer than the publicly released Beta build.


Exactly what has changed in this new build is unknown at this point of time, however superficial changes are limited. Wzor expects Office 2010 to be finalised sometime in April. This is in line with Ars Technica‘s earlier report that, Microsoft is aiming for a June 2010 release. Microsoft has already revealed pricing for various editions of Office 2010.

The leaked builds are available in both 32 bit and 64 bit flavours at the usual places. Original CRC, MD5 and SHA-1 checksum values are as follows:

BUILD: 14.0.4730.1007
FILE: 14.0.4730.1007_Select_volume_ship_x86_en-us.rar
SIZE: 3,330,331,324 byte
SHA1: 0997E4521B0DCB28134E35FA4CF947199904654C
MD5: BE566DE7521B28005A4F759709FAFED2

BUILD: 14.0.4730.1007
FILE: 14.0.4730.1007_Select_volume_ship_x64_en-us.rar
SIZE: 3,775,757,630 byte
SHA1: 9F05F340EEB972D1CDC48B7AE9E4826C25FB0629
MD5: 56C681DD5677ED1E09B9719414C03ECB

Disclaimer: Please be careful while installing leaked releases. They have not been tested by us and may contain malware or other exploits.
[via Redmond Pie]

Microsoft OneNote 2010 (Beta) Review

Before we get to anything, let me say for the record that I have never used OneNote before and that I will be using it for a long time from now on. I really like this piece of software from Microsoft and they have done a tremendous job with this very powerful organizational tool. I personally would be using it to catalog and organize my scanned college notes.


For those who do not know, OneNote is a highly capable information collection and collaboration software. It is what it says it is a Note-taking program. In the truest sense, you can type anywhere you want just click a place where you wish to add your thoughts and type away. The Office ribbon does not obstruct anything and the entire screen is your playground. Select text and a translucent overlay of the formatting options will pop up and you can easily change the look and feel of your note.


One of the most useful feature for students is the ability to add mathematical equations. Just use the Math Input Panel in Windows 7 (which accepts pen-input on tablet PCs, by the way), insert and you’re good to go. You can also access the equation controls from the Office Ribbon.


The collaboration features are quite a lot and though I haven’t had the pleasure of collaborating via OneNote, I will in the future, in this semester!

Taking screenshots is very, very easy with OneNote as a notification area button. (i.e. with OneNote started). All you need to do is press the Windows-Key + S and a transparent overlay will appear over the screen you are on. Just select the amount of screen-space you want and release the mouse-key. OneNote will popup a small screen-clipping collection manager which can simplify everything else for you.


As a passive program, OneNote is a completely new experience (called link mode).


Double-click this and a completely blank and slightly yellow page will open (reminding you of sticky notes). Copy-paste anything from the web, a slideshow or your computer, and it will appear as it was with a small link telling you where it was taken from. Linking between notes is the same as linking between pages in a wiki. Just add [[Page Name]] and it will get linked automatically! Very simple and brilliant!

This is one of those absolutely fantastic applications that Microsoft manages to produce once in a while that keeps the market firmly in their hands. Kudos! More updates will be available as I use OneNote in the future.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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