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Microsoft Office 2010 (codenamed Office 14 due to fear of the number 13) is a version of Microsoft Office, succeeding Microsoft Office 2007 and preceding Microsoft Office 2013. Released to manufacturing on April 15, 2010 and for retail purchase on June 15, 2010, Office 2010 includes extended file format support, UI changes and a changed user experience. A 64-bit version of Office 2010 is available, but not for Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. It is the first version of Office to ship in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, as well as the first to require product activation for volume licensing editions. Unlike previous versions of Office, every application in Office 2010 features the ribbon as its primary UI. Mainstream support ended on October 13, 2015; extended support ends on October 13, 2020.

New features

  • Ribbon interface and Backstage View across all applications
  • Background Removal Tool
  • Letter Styling
  • The Word 2007 Equation editor is common to all applications, replacing Microsoft Equation Editor 3.0
  • New SmartArt templates
  • New text and image editing effects
  • Screen Capturing and Clipping tools
  • Live collaboration functions
  • Jump lists in Windows 7
  • New animations and transitions in PowerPoint 2010
  • View Side by Side/Synchronous Scrolling in Word 2010.

A new feature in Microsoft Office 2010 is Outlook Social Connector, which allows users to connect to and receive updates from their social network inside Microsoft Outlook. When users view their emails a name, picture, and title is available for the person they are contacting. Upcoming appointments can also be viewed with this new feature and users can request friends. Outlook Social Connector currently supports Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Windows Live Messenger.

The Volume edition can be activated using a Multiple Activation Key (MAK) which is limited by the number of times a machine can activate when connected to Microsoft's servers, or using a Key Management Server (KMS) which requires activation every 180 days.

Removed features

Removed from the entire suite:

  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging application
  • Microsoft Office Document Scanning application
  • WordArt as its own object (became stylized text)
  • Office Startup Assistant (Osa.exe)
  • Office Diagnostics tool
  • Support for MSXML version 5
  • Research and Reference pane for Internet Explorer

Features removed from Microsoft Word:

  • Smart Tag auto-recognition
  • Person Name smart tag
  • AutoSummary feature
  • Support for Word Add-in Libraries (WLL)

Features removed from Microsoft Access:

  • Access Calendar ActiveX control
  • Replication Conflict Viewer
  • Data access pages

Features removed from Microsoft Outlook:

  • ANSI offline Outlook data files (.ost) for Exchange synchronization (now Unicode-only)
  • Calendar rebasing tool
  • DAV connectivity for HTTP account types
  • Exchange 2000 connectivity
  • Exchange Message Security feature support
  • Postmarks

Features removed from Microsoft PowerPoint:

  • Macro recorder
  • Save as Web Page feature
  • The ability to publish a stand-alone presentation via the Package for Presentation Disk feature

Features removed from Microsoft Publisher:

  • The ability to create new Web Publications.

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