Download Excel 2010 Beta today [Office 2010 Updates]

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Office 2010 - Microsoft Excel - Download Beta TodayFinally the public beta of Office 2010 is out. Go to Office Beta site and download the installation today.

Make sure you select the “custom” installation option and choose to “keep the old versions”, otherwise the beta will upgrade your office installation. (Beta installation expires by October 2010)

Here is a brief list of new features in Excel 2010, most of them are pretty exciting.

  • You can make sparklines and microcharts in Excel 2010
  • Pivot tables are lot nicer and cooler to use – There is a free PowerPivot add-in from MS to help you make dashboard like pivot-tables instantly.
  • You can make your own ribbons with the buttons you want, I am guessing this will be a huge productivity booster (compared to Excel 2007).
  • The Office button is replaced with a “File” menu that opens the backstage, where you can do a ton of different file related things. Very clean and very easy to learn.
  • Slicers feature using which you can easily filter pivot report data (or data from other connections)
  • Conditional format improvements – like new incell charts, custom icons etc.
  • Several usability enhancements to Excel Tables, Data Filters, Pivot Tables etc.
  • While pasting data, you can preview various options (including paste-special options) and decide what to do.
  • Overall, the interface feels lot lighter, smoother and faster – just like windows 7.

Go ahead and give it a try and let us know what you think of Excel 2010.


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7 Responses to “Download Excel 2010 Beta today [Office 2010 Updates]”

  1. Andy says:

    Hi Chandoo!

    Today's a big day. I'm sure you've been using the TP for a while now but I'm glad to hear that you're excited about the improvements in Beta. Can't wait to read more about what you think of Excel 2010 Beta!

    MSFT Office Outreach Team

  2. Toad says:


    Have you had any problems running the OFfice 2010 beta while keeping your Office 2007 installation on your machine. I see that MS highly recommends that users uninstall all prior versions of Office when installing the new beta. I'd rather not, but I'd like some 'real world' advice.

  3. Chandoo says:

    @Toad: I have installed both Excel 2010 and 2007 and it seems to work alright (infact, I even have excel 2003 installed). they all live together like a happy family

  4. Matt says:

    I have installed both 2010 and 2007, but cannot figure out how to make office 2007 be the default that opens my office files, especially excel. Changing the "default program" in Windows 7 does not work. Any ideas?

  5. Danielle says:

    @Matt I have a similar problem - to get around it, I just open up a session of Excel 2007 first, before opening the file from the Explorer, and that seems to do the trick.
    Let me know if you find a better way!

  6. Matt says:

    @Danielle Thanks Danielle! I will do that and let you know if I find something better.

  7. [...] of the increased capacity, handy new formulas, and improved graphics. I’ve checked out the beta version of Excel 2010 and there are some nice improvements, such as being able to customise your own ribbons which is [...]

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