Microsoft Office 2010 (originally named Office 14) is a version of Microsoft Office for Microsoft Windows which was launched to manufacturing on April 15, 2010, and then released to retail on June 15, 2010. It is the successor to Office 2007 and the predecessor to Office 2013. On October 26, 2010, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, the Mac OS X equivalent, was announced.
The Backstage view, which consolidates document management activities into a single place, is one of the user interface enhancements in Office 2010. The ribbon, which first appeared in Office 2007 for Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word, is now the default user interface for all Office 2010 programs and can be customized.
Among the new features are collaborative editing features that enable multiple users to share and edit documents, as well as expanded file format support, integration with OneDrive and SharePoint, and protection enhancements including Protected View, a sandbox that protects users from malicious material. Office Online, a free Web-based version of Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word, was released. Microsoft Works has been replaced by a new Office Starter 2010 version. Microsoft’s mobile productivity suite, Office Mobile 2010, was launched on May 12, 2010, as a free update from both the Windows Phone Store for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices running an old version of Office Mobile.
Office 2010 is the first Office edition to have a 64-bit version. It’s also the first edition that necessitates the activation of a volume license product. Office 2010 is compatible with Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows Server 2008 and later, but the x64 version is not. Like its successor, Office 2013, it is the last version of Office that is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008.
Advantages & Disadvantages of Microsoft Office 2010 64-Bit Version
The benefits and drawbacks of installing the Microsoft Office 2010 64-Bit Version have been reported by Microsoft.
Advantages – The following are some of the benefits of using Office 2010 64-bit:
- Having the ability to use extra memory.
- Excel 2010 can handle much larger workbooks than previous versions. Excel 2010 was updated to support 64-bit memory addressing, allowing 32-bit applications to surpass the 2-GB addressable memory limit.
- Microsoft Project 2010 has increased capability, which is particularly useful when working on a large project with many subprojects.
- Hardware Data Execution Prevention (HDEP) has improved the default security protections (DEP).
Disadvantages – Compatibility can be hampered by the following issues:
Microsoft Access MDE/ADE/ACCDE files – Databases that have had their source code deleted (such as.mde,.ade, and .accde files) cannot be transferred between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Office 2010. Databases created with 32-bit Office (any version) can only be used with 32-bit Office, while databases created with 64-bit Office can only be used with 64-bit Office.
ActiveX controls and COM Add-ins – COM and ActiveX monitors ActiveX controls and add-in (COM) DLLs (dynamic connection libraries) designed for 32-bit Office will not work in a 64-bit operation. As a result, 32-bit ActiveX controls or DLLs will not load in Office 2010 64-bit solutions.
Office Graphics (OArt) – Some Excel 2010 controls are not available in 64-bit Office 2010, including Excel integration, OLE transfer, form controls, and ActiveX conversion to CompatE2os. The Microsoft Date and Time Picker Control 6.0 (SP4), for example, can be found on the Excel 2010 Developer page, under the ActiveX Controls section, by clicking Insert and selecting Further Controls.
Graphics rendering – Since 64-bit lacks MMX support, there are inconsistencies between the 32-bit and 64-bit Graphics Device Interface (GDI) that may have performance implications. The Intel architecture (IA) instruction set is extended by Intel’s MMX technology. By processing data elements in parallel, the technology uses a single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) technique to speed up multimedia and communications software.
Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) – There are variations between 32-bit and 64-bit VBA code that uses the Declare statement to access the Windows application programming interface (API) or other DLL entry points. After reviewing and updating the API’s inputs and outputs, the Declare statement must be modified with the PtrSafe attribute. Declare statements in 64-bit VBA will not function without the PtrSafe attribute. long long and LongPtr are two new data forms in 64-bit Office 2010 VBA.
Author: Olivia Smith is a Microsoft Office expert and a full-time blogger with 5 years of experience in the technology industry. She has written technical blogs, white papers, and reviews for a variety of websites, including office.com/setup.