System Requirements: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

In my previous post Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview, as pointed out by Ganesh I didn’t mention the system requirements for Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview.

So here it is:

Component Requirement
Computer and processor 500 MHz processor or higher
Memory 256 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher
Hard disk 2 gigabytes (GB). A part of this disk space is free after installation if the original download package is removed from the hard disk.
Drive CD-ROM drive or DVD drive
Display 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution monitor
Operating system Windows® XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) (32-bit), Windows Vista® with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2003 R2 with SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® Server 2008 with SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), Windows® 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Terminal Server and Windows on Windows (WOW) (which allows installing 32-bit versions of Office 2010 on 64-bit operating systems) are supported.
Additional Requirements and product functionality can vary based on the system configuration and operating system.

The requirements is same as Office 2007, which is very good and the other thing to note is that the 64-bit Office 2010 is not supported on Windows XP 64-bit and Microsoft has no plans to support it in future either


Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

As mentioned in the previous post, I am testing the 64-bit version of Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview, so here’s how the install process went.

The installer for Office 2010 Professional x64 is 598 MB and contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. There is a separate installer for Visio (342 MB), InfoPath (281 MB), SharePoint Designer (75 MB) and SharePoint Workspace (246 MB).

Right now I have only installed the Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview x64 pack.


Official Tester: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview

Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo
Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview Logo

Yesterday morning when I checked my mails I was pleasantly surprised to see an email from Microsoft, stating that my request to be an Office 2010 Beta tester had been accepted. Yes, surprised because the news of it being previewed to the audience was already out on Monday, and so I had thought that I had been left out, which now is not the case.

Initially all testers were barred from disclosing anything by a NDA or Non-Disclosure Agreement, despite the fact that it was already a public knowledge. But today morning as I logged into Microsoft Connect they had an announcement waiting, which said

The Office 2010 clients have been publicly disclosed and are not under a confidentiality obligation. You are free to talk about the Office 2010 client build as you wish.

Please remember that the builds you have received are for your use only. Please do not share these builds.

So now with permission being granted to openly talk and discuss about it, I’ll be sharing my experience about Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview with all of you, so keep coming back for regular updates.

P.S: I only plan to test the 64-bit version as of now.

UPDATE: Setup: Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Technical Preview


VLC 1.0 Released

VLC VLC Media Player, the media player that plays all the media files out of the box has just reached a great milestone of version 1.0.0.

So here’s small quick list of changes

  • Live recording
  • Instant pausing and frame-by-frame support
  • Finer speed controls
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS) and major improvements in many formats
  • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
  • Video scaling in fullscreen
  • RTSP Trickplay support
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • New skin for the skins2 interface

Along with some major bug fixes, for a complete list of changes check out the changelog.

If you are using VLC player then you know its the best and version 1.0.0 is a highly recomeneded update as it will most probably fix the grouse you have had with it, and if you have never used it, then well just download it yourself, to see why millions are such die hard fans of VLC Media Player.

Download: VLC Media Player


Offline Messages in Google Talk

Yes folks it’s true. Google Talk now finally supports Offline Messaging (Official Blog Entry). Let’s just hope that the uber cool Google Chat emoticons are also ported into GTalk.

If you send somebody an Offline Message via Google Talk, the message will be received when they sign into Google Talk/Gmail. In Google Talk it appears as a normal message from a friend, whereas in Gmail it appears as a new Message.

OH yes there’s a catch. You only get this feature when you use Google Talk with a Gmail Account and that too with Save Chat History Enabled. Also if you were chatting off the record before your friend went offline, you’ll need to select Stop chatting off the record before sending offline messages.a href=””


Google Talk turns One

Google Talk Easter Egg

It’s a year old! Yes, Google Talk is celebrating its 1st Birthday today, and may I call it in some “Traditional Google” fashion. By that I mean a changed logo for the day, Google Talk is sporting a new Birthday Dress (logo).

Happy Birthday Google Talk!!!

To the Google Talk team (Hope they are reading this): Please give us Emoticons & Rich Text Editing, I am tired of using _ for italics and * for bold.

To everyone else: Please fill up this form, and tell the Google Talk team what you want


Google Talk RELEASED

Google Talk Version the much awaited Google Talk version with file sharing, voicemail, and music status is out. You can check my review of it here. I am using this version full time now, hope you guys do use it too.

And the best part about Google Talk is that it will update itself without any interferance, (you do have to be running GT though)

Also please fill out this survey form on “What Features you would like in Google Talk”


Review Google Talk (Unreleased Version)

Google Talk (About)The guys at Google are at it again, and are testing a new version of Google Talk. Last time I called it a leaked version and everyone was on me for that, so this time I am calling it Google Talk (Unreleased Version). You can download this version from here.

This one sports quite a few changes, and Google has also created a temporary What’s New Page for it. The new features and changes are:

  • Main Window now shows image icon for all users instead of only the online ones.
  • Notifications for Contacts coming Online.
  • Supports File Transfer.
  • Supports Voicemails.
  • Notifications for Voicemail.


Google Ads == Phishing Attacks!!!

Google ADs = Phishing!!!Just as usual I turned ON my PC; updated definitions on my Kaspersky Internet Security Suite 6.0 and proceeded to check my e-mails, blogs, and all the regular stuff.

As soon as I opened my blog page I got this alert. The first ever Phishing attack notification and was surprised by the url it was giving the alert for.

The url was none other than that of Google Ads, and that’s what really shocked me. At first I thought it was a one off incident, but strangely I got this alert for all the sites I visited that sport Google Ads. The alert for some strange reasons are appearing on a some sites and not on others, (The alerts appears for sure when I refresh the page). Also its not like these are some strange sites, but they are the ones I visit daily and there was nothing just 12 hrs. ago(e.g. Frihost, Digg, Think Digit, CNN-IBN, etc.)

But still if Kaspersky thinks Google Ads are Phishing attacks then it should really mean something and hope they sort it out. (Just hoping its a false alert or some screw-up with the latest definitions). I trust Google and would not like this to happen.

Update (24 July 2006): It looks like Kaspersky has got stuck obssessed with showing Google ADs as phishing attacks, which in all cases is certainly a False Positive. SO I have now altogether disabled its Anti-Phishing alets. As it is I dont need that service because I know what sites I am looking at and what I am doing online.


Ubuntu 6.06 CDs Received

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS I got my Ubuntu CDs yesterday deliverd to my door step a month after I had ordered them, and touch wood without any trouble. Although I must salute the postman who delivered these to me in the worst rainfall of the year.

As soon as yoou open the packet you notice that now we dont have 2 seperate CDs (One Live and One Install) but they are now one. You just have to boot up the live cd and then install it from there. The installation was a breeze.

The other good thing is its usability and ease of use. The manuall installation (non synaptic installation) is now so so simple that you will never have to touch the terminal for such trivial stuff. The other thing worth mentioning is the UI. Not a big leap but well and truly now at par with XP and in some cases better than XP.

The end result has been that I am now going to shift to full time to Ubuntu and just leave my Windows XP partition to Login to my ISP and play Games (Remeber I got more RAM, so now I can play games)

Now I am waiting for my Kubuntu CDs which I had ordered a week after I had ordered the Ubuntu CDs. Just hope the guys at the customs department dont mess up again.

Here’s the details to get your copy.

Update: I have received my kubuntu and edubuntu cds. The only thing this time around other than a larger packet was that the packet was almost open and there were no ubuntu stickers that came with the ubuntu cds earlier. So at the end the customs did steal my stickers.