Microsoft Office Click-to-Run uses Microsoft streaming and virtualization technology to significantly reduce the time that is required for you to download and begin experiencing the new features of Microsoft Office 2010. At this time, only Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010, and Microsoft Office Starter 2010 are available by using Office Click-to-Run, which include the following Office 2010 programs: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Word Starter, and Excel Starter.

Why would I use Office Click-to-Run?

If you have decent Internet speed, you can be using a Microsoft Office program within minutes and have the whole program in less than a half hour. The Click-to-Run Application Manager shows you the download progress. If you want to start to use an Office program, Office Click-to-Run downloads what it must have to have you running with the small delay as that is part of the real-time downloads.

Some advantages of using Office Click-to-Run include the following:

  • You get Office very quickly over the Internet.

  • Office Click-to-Run is up to date even from the start. No need to find service packs or updates.

  • Office Click-to-Run can coexist with earlier versions of Office. You can try Office Click-to-Run without changing the Office product you currently have.

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What operating systems are supported in Office 2010?

The following operating systems are supported.

Note:  Office Starter 2010 requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), 32-bit version.

  • Windows 7, 32-bit or 64-bit version

  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), 32-bit or 64-bit version

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), 32-bit version

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Will my add-ins work?

Some add-ins might not work with Office Click-to-Run. If you rely on an add-in that does not work with Office Click-to-Run, you should install the MSI-based edition of Microsoft Office 2010. For information about how to switch to use the MSI-based Office 2010 edition, see Click-to-Run: Switch to using an MSI-based Office 2010 edition.

Note:  Add-ins are not available in Office Starter 2010.

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