Microsoft is taking pre-orders for Office 2010, and based on the comments of some TechRepublic members, there seems to be significant interest in making the jump.

When Deb Shinder evaluated the new version, she found numerous improvements — such as the customizable Ribbon, Excel sparklines and slicers, useful Outlook interface changes, and Word’s drag-and-drop navigation pane. This recently published TechNet article offers a comprehensive look at what’s been added, changed, and removed from the new version of the suite, along with application-specific lists of changes.

And as you’re sifting through the details, specs, and features — and perhaps evaluating the pros and cons of an upgrade — you can take a visual tour of what the new release has to offer. Mark Kaelin put together these images of the Office Professional Plus 2010 version of the suite.