Download : Office Business 2010 Beta Click-2-Run

Just a bit more then a week later then the release of the ‘normal’ Office 2010 Professional Beta it’s now possible to download the click-to-run version of Office Home and Business 2010 Beta!

Did you have to physically install the ‘normal’ version, the click-to-run version is a bit different. You can simply download a small executable and the rest of the Office Suite will be downloaded instantly.

Click here to go to the Office 2010 click-to-run download page.

Click Read More to see the steps which you have to run before Office will launch 🙂 (All the steps will just take a few minutes!)

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The New Cool ‘Online’ Features of Office 2010

If you have a TechNet or MSDN Subscription and didn’t download Office 2010 already, you really should go and download it! Most of the features that were already in the ‘old’ Office versions are there of course, but I discovered (thanks Peter for tips about PowerPoint!). Some of the features are already discussed at several other websites, but I still will mention them. I also added a nice video at the end which shows the new Vortex transition possibilities…

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Having Troubles Activating Office 2010 Beta?

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I’ve been a user of Office 2010 since I received the invitation for the Technical Preview. So when I heard that I could download the Beta version of Office Professional Plus 2010, I checked TechNet right away and downloaded the 64-bits version (I was also using the 64-bit Technical Preview version).

Because I had Outlook configured with Exchange, etc I tried to ‘upgrade’ my Technical Preview version, but that one failed. A message appeared telling me that I had to uninstall all the previous versions of Office 2010 before I could install the beta version. So I did…

Office 2010 Beta was installed in a few minutes, but when I launched Outlook I ran into some issues (probably because of the Technical Preview key that was still in place?) with the product key. The following message appeared :

When I pressed the Change Product Key button to enter the Beta key I received from TechNet nothing happened! I found out that when I start Excel (or maybe any other Office app) and clicked the Change Product Key a change product key screen appeared (see image below) and I was able to activate Office 2010!

 
Now I could enter the key and click Continue to apply the changed product key. Strange enough Office 2010 didn’t go online and activate immediately, but when I restarted Outlook the activation wizard appeared and when I tried to activate Office 2010 it just activated fine!

How-To Register For MS Office Web Apps

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Just earlier today Nick Simons announced on the Office Web Apps blog that they’re expanding the Office Web Apps Technical Preview! So if you want to try the new Office Web Apps….just click here to sign-up.

Note : If English isn’t the default language in your Internet Explorer and you receive the error below, just set English to your default language. IF you’re not sure how you have to do this, just read the instruction below.


The item can’t not be found error message in Dutch.

Change your default Internet Explorer language
To change your browser language open Internet Options in Internet Explorer and click Languages (on the bottom of the dialog screen)

Add English (United States) [en-us] to the list and be sure that English is the first in the list (see image below).
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Close the browser (very important!), reopen the browser and click the link again. User the Windows Live ID you want to use for Office Web Apps and you should now see the License Agreement. Accept it and you’re ready to use Office Web Apps.