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Pre-release software license

Installation process

Suite has grown

Installation time

Updates

Come a long way

Word

More to Word

Most options remain

New document

Printing

Sharing options

More options

Minimalist look

Positive feedback

Negative feedback

Outlook

Navigation window

Outlook options

New e-mail

Navigation box

Full suite

Excel

Excel in green

Template

PowerPoint

Navigation interface

Presentation

OneNote

OneNote again

The technical preview of Microsoft's upcoming office suite isn't set for release until July. But it made its way onto the Web, apparently on Friday.

Sister site ZDNet Australia captured screenshots of the build by installing the leaked preview in a virtualized VMware instance on top of Windows XP Service Pack 3. ZDNet Australia's Renai LeMay could have installed the suite on top of the release candidate of Windows 7, but wanted to see how Office 2010 would work without the latest operating system sitting underneath it.

The answer, it turns out, is "just fine."

Here, you can see a fairly standard Microsoft pre-release software license.

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The installation process is quite similar to that of Office 2007.
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Office has grown over the years to encompass much more than just the standard suite of Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
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Installing the suite--with all options selected--took about 10 minutes.
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Like Office 2007, Office 2010 updates will eventually be available through Office Online, Microsoft's support site.
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The starting animation for each application is suitably flashy for a new release. Office has come a long way since the late 1990s.
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Word looks superficially similar to Word 2007...
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...but there are some deeper changes under the hood. This open/save/print screen reappears throughout Office 2010. Its layout is logical and easy to get used to.
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Most of the options from previous versions of Office have returned.
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Creating a new document in Word 2010.
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Printing a document.
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Multiple options for sharing content with colleagues and friends.
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Some deeper options for the suite as a whole.
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This yellow button allows you to hide the Office 2010 ribbon completely, for a minimalist look.
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Microsoft encourages you to let it know how Office 2010 is treating you well...
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...or badly.
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Outlook 2010 feels like an e-mail software done right--slick and smooth.
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Here's that navigation window again, this time in a deep orange.
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Choosing Outlook options.
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Creating a new e-mail.
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The navigation box pops up for settings for individual e-mails.
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The full suite when installed.
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Microsoft Excel looks fairly similar to the 2007 version but, again, there are some navigation changes under the hood.
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Excel's green color scheme.
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Creating a new document, including from a template.
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PowerPoint 2010, now in an orange color--not the same orange as Outlook, however.
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The same navigation interface reappears. It gives a feel for how Office 2010 is unified.
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Creating a new presentation.
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OneNote receives the pink treatment.
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Or is it a deep purple?
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