Now that Microsoft has made Office 2010 RTM available to the public, it falls on customers to make sure that their products are kept up to date.

But the Redmond company is making it extremely simple for end users and businesses that embraced the latest iteration of the Office productivity suite to find the Service Packs and CU updates for Office products.

Hosted on TechNet, the Update Center for Office makes it simple for customers to find the latest Service Pack, latest Public Update, latest Cumulative Update and general guidance for Office 2010.

At the same time, the online resources (Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products) hosted on TechNet are not limited to Office 2010, but in fact cover all Office releases, as long as they are still supported by Microsoft. More »

As is the case with all major Microsoft products, the release of Office 2010 brought with it a collection of content designed to help users get an insight into the latest iteration of the productivity suite. An illustrative example in this regard is the Office 2010 User Resources set of downloads, a massive package of documents focused on the successor of Office 2010.

With the Office 2010 User Resources, customers can access free of charge documentation containing overviews, product guides, getting started docs, and lists with new features not just for Office 2010 but for all the components of the productivity suite.

“Microsoft Office 2010 offers rich and powerful new ways to deliver your best work in the office, from home, or on the go across different devices. Experience the enhanced Ribbon and new Microsoft Office Backstage view to help you quickly find the commands and tools you need to create and finalize your work easier and faster. More »

As it is the case with all major Microsoft software products, Office 2010 comes with a world of content designed to simplify adoption as much as possible. This is also true for the Office 2010 Resource Kit, a collection of resources published online on TechNet. Office 2010 users can also download a copy of the Office 2010 Resource Kit for offline viewing from Microsoft.

The Redmond company is offering the Office 2010 Resource Kit Technical Library in Compiled Help format (CHM) free of charge via the Microsoft Download Center.

While the Office2010ResKit.chm offers a downloadable CHM alternative to the online version of the Office 2010 Resource Kit technical library, it is the documentation on TechNet that will be updated most frequently by the software giant. However, the latest version of the Office 2010 Resource Kit was released on June 17th, just a couple of days after Office 2010 was launched for the general public. 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 »

If you’ve bought a new PC recently there’s a fair chance that it included a trial edition of Microsoft Office 2010. The deal is that you get to try it for 30-days for free, after which you either pony up for the licence or it stops working. What you may not know is that it can be re-activated or ‘rearmed’ a further 5 times, giving a total of 180 days or around 6 months free use. The rearming trick is not a hack but a hidden feature, probably put there for the benefit of corporate users, but in order to use it you’ll need a little freeware utility called 2010 Trial Extender. All you have to do is remember to click the Rearm button the day before each trial period expires. Note that this only works with 14.0.4706.1000 versions of Office 2010.

Microsoft Office 2010 needs to be activated after 30 days. It can be rearmed 5 times, every rearm gives you additionally 30 days to activate.

If you always rearm it on the last day before it has to be activated that makes a total evaluation time of 6 * 30 = 180 days. More »