– Click-to-Run has been introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 as a new way to download and install Microsoft Office applications. In Click-to-Run, Microsoft uses virtualization technology to allow you to use your Office programs, as they are streamed and cached on your PC!
Click-to-Run download is currently available for all Office 2010 beta products and it will be available for the final release as well. It works on both 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems of Windows 7, Vista and XP.However,Microsoft actually runs only the 32-bit version of Office on both platforms. Office 2010 applications downloaded via Click-to-Run is also available in all languages that the actual Office 2010 beta download provides.
Advantages of Click-to-Run Office 2010 Download
The other advantages of Click-to-Run Office 2010 delivery are the following.
- optimized for home users on broadband connections (at least 1Mbps)
- It is quite fast. Home users can stream Office 2010 and start running running their office 2010 apps like Office PowerPoint 2010, Word 2010, Excel 2010 etc, in as little as 90 seconds (under 5 minutes on average), or about 10% of the time it would take otherwise
- Another advantage of Click-to-Run delivery is you will always be running the latest and most secure version of Office 2010, as Click-to-Run users get the latest bits right away (rather than old bits that need to be patched immediately, which can take another 60 minutes over the internet) !
- Last but not the least is its co-existence with other office 2010 software installed on your PC! Thus users can continue run Office 2007 for their production scenarios while they evaluate a trial of Office 2010, thrugh this sophisticated virtualization technology.
How does Click-to-Run work?
In Click-to-Run technology, Office 2010 applications run locally on your PC,in a virtual application environment, utilizing the PC’s resources, and they don’t “run in the cloud”. Thus they have private copies of their files and settings, and that any changes they make are captured in the virtual environment. The effect is they don’t end up modifying any other software installed on the System. Thus they run independent of other similar applications! With few exceptions, only user data actually passes through the virtual environment to the local System. Click-to-Run is not only fast and virtualized but it also needs lesser disk space. Click-to-Run users may notice that they have a virtual Q: drive on their PCs, this is the virtual file system used by Office 2010.
Click-to-Run products is similar to video streaming on your PC. When you search YouTube and watch a video on your browser, you get to watch the first part of the video before the entire file downloads. Likewise, with Click-to-Run, users can start using their Office 2010 applications before the entire office suite has been downloaded, enabling them to get to work much faster. While the user is running their application, the rest of the products are being downloaded in the background. The initial installation process is very different than what users may be used to. The experience of getting Click-to-Run Office is more like downloading a big web control than doing a traditional install of MS Office. Once fully downloaded, the product is cached locally, and users are free to disconnect from the internet and continue using their Office products.