Microsoft Office 2010 (also called Office 2010 and Office 14) is a version of the Microsoft Office productivity suite for Microsoft Windows. It is the successor to Microsoft Office 2007 and the predecessor to Microsoft Office 2013. Office 2010 includes extended file format support, user interface updates, and a changed user experience. A 64-bit version of Office 2010 is available, although not for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
On April 15, 2010, Office 2010 was released to manufacturing. The suite became available for retail and online purchase on June 15, 2010. Office 2010 is the first version to require product activation for volume licensing editions. In Office 2010, every application features ribbons in its user interface.
Office 2010 marks the debut of Office Web Apps, free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, which work in web browsers. Office Starter 2010, a new edition of Office, replaced the low-end home productivity software, Microsoft Works. Microsoft's update to its mobile productivity suite, Office Mobile 2010, is released for Windows Phones running Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Phone 7.[when?]
As of December 31, 2011, almost 200 million licenses of Office 2010 have been sold.
Office 2010 is the last version of Microsoft Office with support for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Office Starter 2010 was an ad-supported product that was discontinued in June 2012, prior to the release of Office 2013 and Windows 8. It included Word Starter and Excel Starter, reduced-functionality versions for viewing, editing, and creating documents. Office Starter 2010 was only available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for preloading on Windows PCs and is intended to replace Microsoft Works. It is only compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7. The advertisements are displayed in the lower right area of the task pane. It also includes PowerPoint Viewer 2010, to view and print PowerPoint slides and shows. Users who have Office Starter preinstalled are allowed to load it on a USB drive and run it temporarily on any computer to which the USB drive is connected.
Office Starter 2010 is available to OEMs for pre-loading on new computers as part of the Office 2010 OEM Pre-installation Kit (OPK). It installs as a virtual application using Microsoft App-V application virtualization technology and can therefore co-exist with full editions of Office. Office Starter 2010 omits several features available only in the full paid version of Microsoft Office. Word Starter cannot insert footnotes, endnotes, citations, indexes, captions, equations and SmartArt and does not support customizations, macros, change tracking, full screen reading and digital rights management. Excel Starter does not support PivotTables, PivotCharts, custom views, external data connections, error checking, calculation steps and circular references.
|Suites||As an individual product||Starter||Office Online||Personal1||Home and Student2||Home and Business5||Standard||Professional5
|Licensing scheme||Varies||OEM||Free||Retail and OEM||Retail||Retail||Retail3 and Volume||Academic and Retail||Retail3 and Volume|
|PowerPoint||Yes||Viewer (Separate)||Basic||Viewer (Separate)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Visio||Yes||Viewer (Separate)||No||Viewer||Viewer||Viewer||Viewer (Separate)||Viewer||Viewer|
|Lync||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Volume channel only|
|Office Customization Tool (OCT)4||No||No||No||No||No||No||Volume channel only||No||Volume channel only|
1 Office Personal boxed (retail) product is for non-commercial use and can be installed on two devices: A primary PC and a portable device such as a laptop; Office Personal OEM version can only be used on one computer. Office Personal is available in Japan only.
2 Office Home and Student boxed (retail) product can be installed on three PCs in the same household and is for non-commercial use; Office Home and Student Product Key card version can only be used on one computer. Office Home and Student is not available in Japan.
3 Retail version is offered through MSDN or TechNet only.
4 Office Customization Tool is used to customize the installation of Office by creating a Windows Installer Patch (.MSP) file and replaces the Custom Installation Wizard and Custom Deployment Wizard included in 2003 and earlier versions of the Office Resource Kit which created a Windows Installer Transform (.MST). Office Customization Tool is only included in Volume License editions.
5 Boxed SKUs of Home and Business or Professional editions of the product can be installed on two devices: A primary PC and a portable device such as a laptop.
6 Office Professional Academic has been replaced by Office University.