How much horsepower do you need to run Office 2010? Surprisingly, you don’t need a huge multi-core machine with double-digit gigabytes of RAM. This iteration of Microsoft Office comes, for the first time ever, in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If you deal with spreadsheets or databases with several million rows and want to take advantage of machines with more than 4 GB of RAM, the 64-bit version may be for you. The vast majority of users will opt for the 32-bit versions, which run fine on average desktops and even on lower powered machines like netbooks.
The minimum system requirements for Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 are:
- Processor – 500 MHz or faster (1 GHz or faster for Outlook with Business Contact Manager)
- Memory – 256 MB of RAM (512 MB or higher for advanced graphics)
- Hard drive space – 3.0 GB
- Video specs – DirectX 9 graphics with 64MB or higher RAM
- Operating Systems – Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP1), Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows 2008 or higher.
Microsoft has made substantial improvements to Office across the 2010 suite. It really shines is in two key areas: multimedia editing capabilities and quickly crunching through the daily email onslaught. The video, picture, and text editing will make your documents and presentations look better than ever. New Outlook features will save you time by automating mundane tasks, ignoring distracting email conversations, minimize searching for email, and helping you fly through long email threads. Add in features like streaming PowerPoint presentations, the ability to have multiple workers share documents simultaneously, screen clipping, and 32 & 64-bit versions, and you have the most powerful and user-friendly version of Microsoft Office ever!