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About Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows

Microsoft Office 2010 includes all the programs in Office 2007, and improves on the quality and many of the features of prior versions.

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System requirements and product activation

  • Windows 7, Vista, or XP SP3
  • 500 MHz or higher processor
    UITS recommends a dual-core (Core 2) processor, similar to the recommendation for running Windows 7
  • 64-bit capable processor for Office 2010 64-bit version
  • 256 MB memory or higher
    UITS recommends 2 GB total system memory, similar to the recommendation for Windows 7
  • 1.5 GB free hard disk space

For information about activating the software, see At IU, how do I complete Microsoft Office product activation or deactivation?

Important: As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP with security updates. To ensure the highest security standards, the UITS Support Center no longer registers Windows XP devices to the IU network. UITS strongly recommends that you look into the options for replacing or upgrading your Windows XP computers for full compatibility with IU systems. See About end of life for Windows XP.

Office 2010 at IU

IU is licensed for Office Professional Plus 2010. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available for free download on IUware. They are also available for purchase on physical media in campus bookstores; contact your bookstore to confirm availability. A previous version of Office is not required to purchase Office 2010.

Note: Visio 2010 and Project 2010 are currently available at no charge via IUanyWare or through separate purchase from Software House International (SHI).

Notes about Office 2010

  • Office 2010 uses the XML-based file format introduced in Office 2007.

  • By default, Outlook 2010 enables Conversation View for all mail folders. You can disable this on a per-folder basis or for all folders at once.

  • Office 2010 has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. To run the 64-bit version, you need 64-bit-capable hardware and a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or Vista.

    • Important note about which version to install: Microsoft recommends running the 32-bit version of Office 2010; see Choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Office. Unless you have a need for some of the benefits of using the 64-bit version (as noted in the article), UITS recommends that you install the 32-bit version.

      If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements or the Microsoft recommendations above, or are concerned about compatibility issues with other programs or plug-ins, UITS highly recommends you install the 32-bit version.

    • If you wish to install the 64-bit version, you must uninstall Office 2007, SharePoint Designer 2007, Visio 2007, Project 2007, Hotmail Connector, and other programs in the Office 2007 line. You will need to reinstall the 64-bit versions of these tools, if possible. Some Office 2007 products can be reinstalled after Office 2010 64-bit installation is complete.

  • Office 2010 introduces a new feature called Office Web Applications, which allows the editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote documents on the web. These are included as a part of SharePoint 2010, and are not a part of the Office 2010 suite. Contact your LSP for more information.

Accessibility in Office 2010

Office 2010 offers many accessibility tools to make content easier to read or interact with for people with disabilities. Following are a selection of tutorials and instructions:

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