• 500-MHz (or higher) processor
• 256 MB or more RAM; 512 MB recommended for graphics features and certain advanced functionality; 1 GB recommended for contextual spell-checking feature in Word
• 3 GB available hard-disk space
• 1024x768-pixel (or higher) display
• CD or DVD drive
• Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit) with MSXML 6.0 installed; Windows Server 2008 (32-bit or 64-bit); Windows XP with SP3 (32-bit only); Windows Vista 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 also supported
• Internet Explorer 6.0 or later, 32-bit browser only; Internet Explorer 7 or later required to receive broadcast presentations
Additional requirements for some features or advanced functionality:
• For graphics hardware acceleration — DirectX 9.0c–compatible graphics card with 64 MB or more graphics RAM
• For speech recognition — close-talk microphone and audio output device
• For certain advanced functionality in Outlook — connectivity to Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or later
• For Information Rights Management features — access to Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or later running Windows Rights Management Services
• For certain inking features — Windows XP Tablet PC Edition or later
• For certain advanced collaboration functionality — Connectivity to Windows Server 2003 with SP1 or later running Windows SharePoint Services or Office SharePoint Server 2007 or later
• For Instant Search — Windows Desktop Search 3.0
• For Dynamic Calendars — server connectivity
• For PowerPoint Slide Library — Office SharePoint Server 2007 or later
• For interactive guides — Silverlight 3 or later
• Prebuilt Office Themes and SmartArt graphic layouts facilitate document design and help ensure a consistent appearance when creating Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations.
• New data analysis and visualization features in Excel 2010 allow users to track and highlight important trends. The new Sparklines feature delivers a clear visual representation of Excel data with small charts within worksheet cells.
• The Document Inspector feature makes it easy to remove "invisible" information such as comments, hidden text, and properties in Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations, so work can be shared with confidence.
• Most Office applications, including Word and Excel, can now save or export files as PDF or XPS documents natively, without requiring the user to download and install add-ons.
Microsoft Office 2010 is the latest version of the Microsoft Office suite, an integrated collection of programs, servers, and services designed to work together to enable optimized information work. The Standard suite includes:
• Microsoft Excel 2010: A spreadsheet application with data analysis and visualization tools
• Microsoft OneNote 2010: A note-taking application that allows various types of content to be shared among team members
• Microsoft Outlook 2010: A time and information manager that integrates email, calendar, contacts, and tasks
• Microsoft PowerPoint 2010: A presentation graphics program with capabilities for text effects, sound, and animation
• Microsoft Publisher 2010: A desktop publishing program that allows people with basic layout skills to create a wide variety of publications for desktop printing, commercial printing, email distribution, or viewing on the web
• Microsoft Word 2010: A full-featured word-processing program
The Professional Plus suite adds the Access, Communicator, InfoPath, and SharePoint Workspace applications, as well as the Business Contact Manager add-on for Outlook.
In the 2010 version, Microsoft Office Backstage view replaces the File menu across the core Office applications. Backstage view provides users with commonly accessed commands when opening or finishing a document and groups together related tasks. The Ribbon, which was introduced in Office 2007 and replaced traditional menus and toolbars with a set of task-based tabs, returns in Office 2010 and now applies to all applications, including OneNote and Publisher.
Integration with Microsoft Office Web applications allows multiple users at different locations to co-author or edit the same file at the same time. Office Web applications are free online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote that enable document access, sharing, and collaboration from any web browser.
Important Volume Licensing Information: With Office 2010, organizations can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). Organizations will be provided with both types of keys on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website.
Microsoft recommends KMS activation only for organizations with at least 50 networked computers requiring activation for Office 2010 or requiring activation for a combination of Office 2010, Project 2010, and Visio 2010 software. Organizations with fewer than 50 computers requiring activation or organizations with non-networked computers should activate their products using a MAK. For help deciding which type of key to use, see PNGO's Guide to Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Methods. Microsoft also offers instructions on how to use a MAK or KMS key to activate volume editions of Office 2010.
Acquiring the Installation Media and License Key: Installing this product requires installation media and a license key. Installation media will be shipped to you free of charge.
The license key allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received donations for. This quantity is specified in the donation email sent to your organization email address after your eligibility has been verified and your administrative fee has been received.