Microsoft has made the new Office 2010 Beta download available to general public. As with any other download from Microsoft, it’s better to use Internet Explorer for downloading. If you want to use Firefox, make sure you have Java installed. The sign up site for downloading is here.
You also need to have a Windows Live ID to sign up. Once you fill out a brief survey, you are shown with an activation key and the options to download Office 2010 Beta. Here are the steps for you to activate Office after you installed it.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Word 2010 Beta and click on the “File” tab. This will take you to the Backstage view. Next click “Help” in the set of tabs on the left.
Step 2: Click “Change Product Key” on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Enter the Multiple Activation Key (MAK) displayed above. Please check the box to activate automatically or restart the app to activate using the activation dialog box.
Step 4: That’s all you need to do. Entering the MAK key in Microsoft Word 2010 Beta automatically activates all the Office Professional Plus 2010 Beta applications. Click on the “File” tab to return to the Document view.