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Microsoft Office 2010 System Requirements

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Microsoft announced the system requirements for Office 2010.

The official blog for the Microsoft Office 2010 product development group today revealed the system requirements for the upcoming office software suite. Slated to launch next month, most users will be able to use the new suite on the same hardware used in Office 2007 according to Alex Dubec, Program Manager on the Office Trustworthy Computing Performance team.

"If your current computer can run Office 2007, it can run Office 2010," he said. "If you’re purchasing a new laptop or netbook, it can run Office 2010. If you have a computer with a multi-core processor, it can run Office 2010 even faster. If your computer is currently running Office 2003, it’s possible that it can run Office 2010 (check the requirements to be sure). "

Based on the blog, the minimum requirements consist of a 500 MHz processor and 256 MB of RAM. While these two factors were the same requirements for Office 2007, they've doubled since the release of Office 2003, requiring a 233 MHz processor and 128 MB of RAM. Dubec also added that the “footprint” of most Office applications have gotten larger--most standalone application disk-space requirements have gone up by 0.5 GB, and the suites have increased by 1.0 or 1.5 GB.

For consumers running 32-bit operating systems, the 32-bit version of Office 2010 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista with SP1, XP with SP3, Server 2008, and Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0. For those running 64-bit operating systems, the 32-bit version of Office 2010 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista SP1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2008, and Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0. The 64-bit version of Office 2010 will not work on Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0.

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    haunted one , January 26, 2010 12:10 AM
    Announcing minimum software requirements is, possibly, the most boring news item possible. It's always the same, albeit maybe 128 MB more RAM
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    randomizer , January 26, 2010 12:22 AM
    And Open Office can do it in 440MB (not including JRE). MS seem to be applying Moore's Law to disk usage.
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2010 3:34 AM
    Slated to launch next month ?!

    Are they releasing Office 2010 on February ?!!!
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    dlanijer , January 26, 2010 4:41 AM
    sounds pretty good. will MSWord be included on the package?
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    jfem , January 26, 2010 4:56 AM
    dlanijersounds pretty good. will MSWord be included on the package?

    Yes it is.
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    Wolygon , January 26, 2010 5:55 AM
    dlanijersounds pretty good. will MSWord be included on the package?


    And it ever isn't?
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    randomizer , January 26, 2010 6:05 AM
    the_punkinatorAnd it ever isn't?

    MS was in some patent mess with Word a few months ago and there was some suggestion that it would stop being sold in the US.
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    Wolygon , January 26, 2010 6:11 AM
    randomizerMS was in some patent mess with Word a few months ago and there was some suggestion that it would stop being sold in the US.


    I'll shutup next time. =[
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    randomizer , January 26, 2010 6:29 AM
    the_punkinatorI'll shutup next time. =[

    Don't worry, not everyone follows every news story. :lol: 
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    wild9 , January 26, 2010 11:21 AM
    Some institutions are run by Section Managers with next to no appreciation of Systems Design and Analysis. They will purchase new, expensive software without proper consultation and then refuse to account for the increase memory footprint that would be second nature to a lot of people here.

    An associate works as a Technical Officer for a large, well-known large cleaning company. His job is to ensure the department's computer systems (desktop PC's), run efficiently and that any hardware or software problems are swiftly rectified. Yet he's refused requisite hardware upgrades on account of budgetary constrains, by the same people who spend large amounts of money on certain corporate events, or unnecessary software. The staff are expected to do more work with less resources, and it's those people I feel sorry for.

    Coincidentally, my associate is now looking at starting up his own consultation business.
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    tommysch , January 26, 2010 12:37 PM
    System requirement are so optimistic. You cant run s*** with 512mb of RAM.

    My minimum system requirement: 2Ghz+ dual core, 4GB+ RAM, 1TB of storage, no ATI cards, Windows 7 x64.
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    gwolfman , January 26, 2010 1:52 PM
    Quote:
    For consumers running 32-bit operating systems, the 32-bit version of Office 2010 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista with SP1, XP with SP3, Server 2008, and Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0.
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    For those running 64-bit operating systems, the 32-bit version of Office 2010 is compatible with Windows 7, Vista SP1, Server 2008 R2, Server 2008, and Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0.
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    The 64-bit version of Office 2010 will not work on Server 2003 R2 with MSXML 6.0.
    What 64-bit version? You only mentioned 32-bit versions! Are you another victim of copy and paste!?!
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2010 2:14 PM
    @ Rab1d

    I would have tried that out for you (I had a comp running at the min specs), but my wife made me throw that machine out... men, when you get married, be sure to hide your toys :-\
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    wild9 , January 26, 2010 5:30 PM
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    There are financial organisations out there that are still running 10 year old PCs.


    That's why I recommended AMD..upgradeability and price/performance ratio.
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    pochacco007 , January 26, 2010 6:27 PM
    there really isn't a reason for buying any more office 2xxx from microsoft any more. the recent releases aren't doing much that the previous versions have done. what it means is that the product has gotten good enough for the people. even worse is that the newer version are actually a lot worse then before.

    one example where it's worse then before is the file/save feature. when i bought my laptop and it was preloaded with the office 2007, i had to figure out how to save the damn thing. then they added these new features which i didn't care much about.

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    footsoldier , January 26, 2010 7:54 PM
    hmmm..what's new for 2010??
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    randomizer , January 26, 2010 9:37 PM
    footsoldierhmmm..what's new for 2010??

    They changed the colour.
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    lukeg310 , February 17, 2010 4:47 AM
    and icons!
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2010 10:10 AM
    Thanx for the info, shared it on twitter.com/mynewoffice2010
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