Over the past weeks, Microsoft has released a number of resources designed to get customers running older versions of its productivity suite such as Office 2003, become easily familiarized with the evolution of the graphical user interface in office 2010. Softpedia readers have already been able to read about and download the Word 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide and the Excel 2010: Interactive menu to ribbon guide. However, there are additional downloads from Microsoft focused on unraveling the mysteries of the Office 2010 Ribbon/Fluent UI for additional components of the productivity suite.

In addition to Word 2010 and Excel 2010, the following Office 2010 components also have Ribbon UI interactive guides available for download: PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, OneNote 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010, and InfoPath 2010. There’s quite a gap between the old interface in Office 2003 for example, and the new overhauled UI in Office 2010. The redesign is bound to leave some users perplex, especially customers that know the old Office by heart are guaranteed to at least raise an eyebrow when faced with the new UI. More »

The RTM version of Office 2010 (Build 14.0.4760.1000) is now available for download straight from Microsoft. Today, June 15th, 2010 marks the General Availability (GA) deadline for the latest iteration of the Redmond company’s productivity suite. This means that users can now purchase Office 2010 RTM via retail outlets both online and “offline.” At the same time, customers can download free copies of Office 2010 RTM from the software giant, and test-drive the productivity suite ahead of deciding to actually buy the product.

There are no less than three trial downloads of just as many Office 2010 SKUs. The editions that are offered for testing include: Office Home and Business 2010, Office Home and Student 2010 and Office Professional 2010. The differences between SKUs are marked by the amount of components they contain. More »