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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2010
I made the dramatic leap from Office XP (2003) straight to the Beta version of Office 2010. I admit that I did spend a fair amount of energy for a few days in coming to terms with the new ways of selecting options but it was worth it as the new product does have useful new features. Once the release version came out, and I got fed up with the known bugs in the Beta version, I decided to buy the supported version. A good decision, as it appears to be much more robust than the Beta version or my earlier, prehistoric version. In addition, it was simple to install (I run Windows 7) and runs fast. No regrets and no refunds needed,this time!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2010
Yes it is expensive
Yes it does exactly what it says on the box
Yes it is well worth it for business/heavy users otherwise consider the freeware
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2012
Good, does what you'd expect, fair price.

The ribbon adds clicks to every task you might want to do, compared to the menu bar and toolbar system used previously, and you need to re-learn where to find simple common frequently used commands. Once you've done that it's OK but I'd still prefer the option to have a menubar and toolbars.

I bought it because my version of Outlook (2007) kept crashing on opening, and there appeared to be no fix available - it doesn't crash any more.

Also, with this DVD version you can legally install it on two computers - eg a laptop and a desktop, though you shouldn't use them concurrently.

And it comes with 32 bit and 64 bit versions - if it's a fresh install, you can install the 64 bit version (though any add-ins you have need to be 64 bit to continue working. If you're upgrading, as I was from full Office 2007 with Access etc, you only get the 32 bit option, but you can continue to use any bits of office 2007 that don't get upgraded by choosing the options carefully and not going with a typical install.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2010
I expected to receive Publisher in this product as the Amazon product info. gives a drop-down box showing this software - so somewhat disappointed as I will now have to purchase a Publisher update separately to run the files I have already produced. The jury is still out on the rest of the package as I've not had much time to try it all out. The new Outlook is not bad, but I'm taking some time to learn to get used to all the new look.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2010
Have migrated recently from Office XP PRO SP3 to Office 2010 Home and Business. I have used mainly Word, Outlook and PowerPoint so far and my experience is excellent. But it is yet again a learning curve how to use the software as it is very different from previous versions. In particular PowerPoint requires a lot of getting used to, but the new facilities and options are great. The layout of Outlook is equally so much better than before. In combination with Windows 7 OS this is a very good package and I fail to understand why computer companies pre-install standard Windows 7 Home Premium, which is crap when you are used to XP PRO, because it misses essential functions and Office 2010 Home & Student, which again requires registration as a student and even then is a curtailed version of Office 2010 with many limitations.
Overall I think Microsoft has again a winner with Office 2010, but do not take the cheap options, but take at least the Home and Business version.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2010
Microsoft have built on the streamlining done to the 2007 edition. Program interfaces have become more intuitive and aesthetically pleasing. A word of advice for 64 bit users: Don't wait for the setup to offer a 64bit install. Close the setup applet and navigate directly to the 64bit folder on the disk and run the setup program from there.

My first impression is that Outlook 2010 runs faster and more reliably, but I am using the 64bit version.

Pleased so far!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2013
You might think that buying the last version of Office when the 2013 version [and Office 365] is currently on sale is not a good move, but it was a very deliberate decision having first tried the latest version and hated it. Like millions of users I've been using Office for donkey's years and know where everything is and how it works. The 2003 version has served me well but with support ending next April [along with Windows XP] I simply had to bite the bullet and update.

Firstly I did not want to either work or save my documents "in the cloud" so Office 365 did not appeal.

Secondly I never buy software until the bugs have been ironed out so spending a heap of cash on Office 2013 did not appeal; which left me with Office 2010.

Thirdly I needed to install it on both my desktop and laptop so a download version was not the answer. Buying a "traditional" boxed version of proven 2010 [for 2 PC's] which includes a software DVD was the obvious and most sensible choice, and this I did.

So am I pleased with my choice? In a nutshell, yes but with a couple of reservations! To its credit the new software loaded quickly, easily, and without a single glitch. It automatically imported all my document locations and, more essentially, also imported all my emails/contacts/and diary dates into Outlook - which surprised me a little.

Office is my lifeline, and has been for well over a decade. In Word I write documents and letters, prepare reports, and even design the odd leaflet and poster. Outlook keeps my diary and reminds me of appointments and things I have to do and also keeps track of all my contacts. Crucially Outlook also provides [in one place] my platform for email communication by routing emails from everyone into one single space. The other programs in the suit I use only infrequently so these did not enter the decision making process. Whenever you update software getting everything working easily is a blessing - and this is where we come to the "but".

Obviously, as time goes by, both hardware and software have to change to take advantage of new developments and incorporate new features we didn't realize we needed before - and Office 2010 is no exception to the rule. Office is a work based suite of programs that millions of people have used for years, and know intimately, or so I thought! But Office 2010 incorporates new toolbars, functions, and controls that look nothing like they did before. Whilst this means nothing to those using, or learning, the programs for the first time it's a big [and rather unwelcome] step to experienced users who rightly expect to simply "load and shoot".

If you are an experienced Office user you have the option to either find where everything now is [imagine if car makers put the brake on the right and the horn on the handbrake] and what the new icons mean or find a workaround. I chose the latter route and simply downloaded and installed Classic View for Office - instantly the old "classic" toolbar and icons are back where they should be, thank goodness, and I can work again easily and automatically!

So "yes" this version of Office 2010 is a good buy especially for those with more than one PC, and having the software on hand in DVD form is always re-assuring. There are still a couple of niggling anomalies like having to work in "compatibility mode" if you want to retain the old "doc" file format but generally Microsoft have done a good job in updating this software suite.

Maybe I'll load a spare laptop with Windows 8 and Office 365 and play with the metro interface whenever I have a few spare minutes - or perhaps I'll just keep going as I am and use Office 2010 until I retire!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2012
I've given this 4 stars because, although I don't much like Microsoft bloatware and I only bought it because I needed to update to a version of Outlook that would work with enterprise email, I have to admit grudgingly that it does all I want it to and was straightforward to set up. I was particularly impressed with the ease and speed of importing a spreadsheet of contacts. It took me a while to work out which version of Home & Business to go for, as my laptop doesn't have an optical drive so I wanted to be able to download the software rather than having to mess about accessing it via my ancient PC's DVD drive. When I checked the prices, the Product Key Card version was not much cheaper, and it only allows use on a single computer. In the end I went for this DVD version as I'll probably buy a new desktop PC soon and then I can use it on that as well as my laptop. Plus there is something comforting about having such expensive software in physical form. The Microsoft website isn't very clear on this, but I was relieved to find that it is possible to download from the website using the product key that comes in the packaging, you don't need to use the DVD at all if you don't want to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2010
Having problems opening files that have been carried over from Excel 2007 and earlier versions. Although purchased as full version of Office 2010 shows as trial version. Microsoft assure me that OK and will carry on after end of trial period!!! Poor install directions makes for uncertainty and confusion. As ever more visual gimmicks but some practical improvements eg the return of File tab with clear listing of recent files, workbooks and Info etc. OneNote seems like a Tony Buzan type information assembly, not sure this will be used by many. Not convinced that merits price, more of an update than a new version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Having just bought a new PC I wanted to have everything correct and latest thing. My machine came with limited versions and trials of Word 2007 and 2010. So I decided to get the full CD version of Office 2010, as I am very keen on Outlook and was still using Outlook 2003. I am still smarting from the cost of buying this Office 2010 Office, Home abd Business version.

It all loaded easily and the journey from Outlook 2003 to 2010 went smoothly.

I soon learned the quirk that Word files are automatically saved as ".doc.x" whereas earlier versions are ".doc". I need to save as that format to enable non-2010 users to open files.

I am pleased with my purchase and have put the cost behind me.
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