Office 2010… FREE…

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Results Realty GA RE Lic # 282060

Microsoft Office Outlook

I like free stuff.  Free stuff is good.  Good free stuff is better...

Right now, Microsoft is running BETA tests on MS Office 2010.  And it is a public BETA, so ANYONE can download and install the total MS Office suite.  This includes:


Microsoft OneNote

This depends on exactly which version you download.  I didn't get InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace or Communicator.

And there certainly are some things to keep in mind.  To start with, these are only going to run until October

of 2010 (I have been told...).  Also, they are BETA releases, and so there may be bugs.  Microsoft has some specific instruction for trying it out.

Outlook 2010...

 

The reason I even ran across this is that I needed a calendar.  I have been sifting through a

PILE of calendar solutions over the last couple of weeks and not found a single one I liked as much as my old Outlook Calendar.  And I like the new one, too.

Microsoft Excel (Windows)

I haven't even opened the rest of the software, nor have I set up Outlook to handle my email... I am using Thunderbird 3... but just having the calendar function makes it worthwhile for me.

In the coming weeks I will likely dive into Publisher, and One Note has long been something I like to use with my Tablet PC.  I will also try to compare the functionality of Word and Excel to their counterparts in Open Office.

In  the mean time, they are free to try.

One last thing to keep in mind, this is a BIG download.  Expect it to take quite a while to download...

Here is the download link...

 

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Comments (18)

Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

I saw this too - hope it works decent.  I'll keep using Office 2007 until they get all the bugs worked out (with Microsoft's history of buggy products you have to PAY for, I'm hesitant to trust a BETA product of theirs).

Keep us updated on how well you like/dislike it!

Dec 12, 2009 02:25 PM
Sonja Patterson
Keller Williams - BV - College Station, TX
Texas Monthly 5-Star Realtor Recipient for the Hou

You are BRAVE, Lane!! :)  I would be too afraid of all the bugs.  I hope the calendar feature works well for you, and yes, keep us posted on how you like the software. 

Dec 12, 2009 02:30 PM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Thank you, i have been migrating to google apps over the past few months and i don't think that i will be upgrading my overpriced office program.

Dec 12, 2009 02:33 PM
Jim Hale
ACTIONAGENTS.NET - Eugene, OR
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

A, come on, you guys.  If we don't keep buying Bill Gate's stuff he's going to be bought out (cheap) by the Chinese.

Dec 12, 2009 04:45 PM
Jim Hale
ACTIONAGENTS.NET - Eugene, OR
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Really now:  Where IS your patriotism?  What's good for Microsoft is good for the country.

Dec 12, 2009 04:47 PM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

You are a brave soul -- would never try a beta for business -- seems too risky and likely too much time for bugs for us.

Dec 12, 2009 05:23 PM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Lane.

I'm not sure why some people are saying it's too risky. MSFT explicitly states:

"We are inviting you to work with Office Professional Plus 2010 on your secondary PCs in order to help ensure smooth adoption when the final product is available and gather feedback from real world settings.

Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don’t test Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta on your primary home or business PC."

Well I hope you post your review of this beta version.

Lana

Dec 12, 2009 05:26 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I really liked some of the enhancements Microsoft made in Excel 2007. It would be interesting to see what they have in store for 2010, but if I have to download everything at once I may hold off.

Dec 12, 2009 05:36 PM
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Very interesting...unfortunately my back up computer just crashed!  I am looking around for another, so I might give it a go!

Dec 12, 2009 09:44 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Let me know when (if) you go Mac. I love mine so much that I refuse to put anything Microsoft on it!!

Dec 13, 2009 12:04 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I use Open Office.  I am cheap and do not want to pay if I do not have to.  I also use G-Mail which let's me use my own e-mail address through there system.

Dec 13, 2009 03:31 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Lane,

From what I've read it looks like they have some good features here. Looking forward to trying it. :)

Steve

Dec 14, 2009 12:31 PM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor

Rick,

Office 2007 is actually better (except for Word). It's just the challenge of finding everything. Most of it's still there. :)

Steve

Dec 14, 2009 12:32 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Kent - Primarily I'm using Outlook...  I haven't actually used any of the other products... except One Note. 

Sonja - The calendar in Outlook has helped me get my groove back. 

Jim - I'm not a huge fan of MS, but they have managed to build some powerful products... regardless of what apple might have to say about it. 

B & C - I'm not using it for core functionality...  I know others that are.. 

Lana - I'm sure I will be trying out some of the other applications soon... 

John - You have to get the whole thing...  Otherwise I would have just pulled down Outlook... maybe Publisher and OneNote. 

Laura - Good luck.

Susie - Macs cost too much for their performance... 

Gene - I'm using Open Office as well.  I like it. 

Rick - That is what they are doing with this beta...  They are asking you.  Just you. 

Steve - Oddly, the thing I have heard the most complaint over is Outlook... specifically the way it renders html messages.  I'm not using Outlook for email, though.

Dec 15, 2009 03:22 AM
Robert Schwabe
EXP Realty - Orange Park, FL
Orange Park Real Estate

Lane - I really like Office 2007. Have you noticed any major improvments with office 2010?

Dec 15, 2009 07:06 AM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Robert - I haven't used Office 2007... I had Office 2003 and Office XP.  But I haven't really used the Office programs yet. 

Dec 17, 2009 09:45 AM
Andrew Monaghan
The Monaghan Group - Glendale, AZ
CRS, GRI, EPro Associate Broker

Gotta love MSFT

Jan 05, 2010 01:36 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Andrew - Sometimes...

Jan 07, 2010 02:10 AM