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Office 2010 introduces user interfaceenhancements including a Backstage viewthat consolidates document management tasks into a single location. The ribbonintroduced in Office 2007 for Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word is the primary user interface for all apps and is fully customizable in Office 2010. Other new features include extended file formatsupport; co-authoring features that enable multiple users to share and simultaneously edit documents; OneDrive and SharePointintegration; and security improvements such as Protected View, a read-only, isolated sandbox environment to protect users from potentially malicious content. It also debuted Office Online—formerly Office Web Apps—a collection of free web-based versions of Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word. Office Starter 2010, a new edition of Office, replaced Microsoft Works. Office Mobile 2010, an update to Microsoft’s mobile productivity suite, was released on May 12, 2010 as a free upgrade from the Windows Phone Store for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices with a previous version of Office Mobile installed.
Office 2010 is the first version of Office to ship in two variants for IA-32 and x64, but the x64 version is not compatible with Windows XP or Windows Server 2003. It is also the first version to require product activationfor volume license editions. Office 2010 supports Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Vista SP1 or a later version, though it could be installed on older service packs of XP through a registry exploit. It is the last version of Office compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 as its successor, Office 2013, does not support these operating systems.
Reception to Office 2010 was generally positive, with critics praising the new Backstage view interface, the new customization options for the ribbon, and the incorporation of the ribbon into all apps.While sales were initially lower than those of its predecessor, Office 2010 was a success for Microsoft and surpassed the company’s previous records for adoption,deployment, and revenue. As of December 31, 2011, approximately 200 million licenses of Office 2010 were sold,before its discontinuation on January 31, 2013.
Mainstream support for Office 2010 ended on October 13, 2015, extended support will end on October 13, 2020.