Office 2010 info beginning to appear

MS are beginning the ramp up (too early to be called hype) towards the launch of Office 2010.

The sneak peak / launch site is here.

And there is a blog here.

I am doing quite a lot of work with MS’ latest and greatest (O2007 (nowt great about the UI of course), Sharepoint 2007, Excel Services, and SQL Server and SS Analysis Services 2008) at the moment and its all very nice. I can really see a compelling story emerging for enterprises who commit to the full stack.

The other day I wrote an xll in Visual Studio 6.0 though, so its not all whizz bang.

where are you on the technology curve?

And when do you think Office 2010 will become relevant for you?



16 Responses to “Office 2010 info beginning to appear”

  1. Rob Bruce Says:

    Can’t work out if that launch movie is a piss-take or note. I really, really hope so.


  2. Rob Bruce Says:

    “or not”

  3. Simon Says:

    Being a linux fanboi that whole silverlight thing passed me by.
    At least the site is usable without it

  4. Gordon Says:

    We’re stalled with the 2003 Office Pro install on every desktop, no Sharepoint etc.

    In this climate I cannot see a convincing ROI case for making the leap to a more modern suite, MOSS etc. is just too darn expensive for us.

  5. Ross Says:

    I’m pumping VSTO for excel 2007 +. I want to start using VSTA as a VBA replacement, but MS don’t seem to be moving on that one at all!


    You’d think that in today’s economy (where MS is laying off people for the first time) they could use their money a little better than to create a ridiculously expensive site like that (??) …

    I don’t think this site sdays anything at all to anyone….


  7. Harlan Grove Says:

    I’m in the same situation as Gordon: Excel 2003 with no short or medium term prospect for upgrade. The company is heavily dependent on Business Objects, and the intranet runs under Louts Notes/Domino. We run NO Microsoft server software, and I doubt that’d change in the next decade unless Microsoft buys Business Objects from SAP.

  8. Simon Says:

    I think we need to see what Office 2010 provides .net wise, maybe VSTA will get extended from whatever app it is in the 2007 to the whole suite? Or VSTO rolled into Office dev edition? (I know nothing, not having gone to the ODAC a couple of weeks ago)

    I think 2003 is the sweet spot from a pure client pov. If you are not looking for the server integration features (eg cos you use notes, or a file share) then I don’t think the benefits outweight the burden of retraining on the new UI.

    I hate to say it but Sharepoint has come on in leaps and bounds and is actually almost usable now, and the services bit is free. I have no idea how well it works with pre 2007 Office though

  9. Charles Says:

    So far about the only bit of hard news that has been released is that there will be 2 versions: 32-bit and 64-bit.

    64-bit sounds scary: what, if anything, will need changing to a VBA solution?
    And how many people will be running 64-bit Windows ?

  10. Simon Says:

    I’ve always thought the lack of a 64 bit Office holds back 64 bit windows adoption.
    Not sure what relevant benefits 64 bit brings?
    Bypassing the 2Gb file limit is hardly good news from a spreadsheet qualilty pov!


    I can’t give details but from what I have seen 64 bit VBA will be fine with a small number of well defined and easy to apply changes to accomodate 64 bit or a mixed 32/64 environment necessary.

    That’s as far as I can go on that :-)…..


  12. willers Says:

    i was walking thro’ south kensington the other evening and passed a solicitors office … the computer adjacent to the window still had a window 95 screen saver on …. i guess some people have along way to go even still !!!!

  13. Stephane Rodriguez Says:

    “So far about the only bit of hard news that has been released is that there will be 2 versions: 32-bit and 64-bit.”

    64-bit VBA means that VBA was recompiled as a 64-bit image. It also means that Excel.exe, a 64-bit image, can only load 64-bit dlls. This will require every single add-in to be recompiled as 64-bit or otherwise fail to load.

    But people out there may just keep deploying 32-bit Excel on a 64-bit OS if that is a problem for them.

  14. sam Says:

    “And when do you think Office 2010 will become relevant for you?”

    As soon as I find out that my classic_ui addin works in 2010 as well

  15. sam Says:

    2 New features in 2010..

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