10 Things You Need to Know About Office 2010

  • Online collaboration is easier. Office 2010 will allow enterprise users to save their documents to a SharePoint site or non-enterprise users to save to an online Microsoft Windows Live Skydrive folder. In either case, the document will live in the Cloud and be editable by multiple parties simultaneously. You can even see who else is working and the changes they are making.
  • You can customize the ribbon. Ribbon haters, take heart! While you can’t go back to Office 2003-style pulldown menus, you can completely customize the Office 2010 ribbon and even create your own tabs. Just right click on the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon.


  • Sparklines allows you to put tiny charts in individual Excel cells. If you deal with a lot of data, it’s really neat to be able to use this feature.
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  • PowerPoint outputs videos. One of the most annoying things about PowerPoint is that other people have to have PowerPoint or some kind of special viewer to see  your presentations and they don’t get the benefit of your voiceover comments. No longer. You can now create a complete video of your presentation, complete with narration!


  • Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote will be available. We haven’t been able to test these, and they aren’t available to the public yet, but Microsoft is planning to offer highly-functional Web versions of these four apps, which will be completely file compatible with their offline versions.
    Avram Piltch
    Avram Piltch
    The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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    1. Kate Says:

      Thanks for blogging about the Beta release, Avram! For more information and to join the discussion about Office 2010, come join our community on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/office

      You can download the Beta here: http://bit.ly/2X9NAa

      Office Live Outreach Team

    2. Jasmine Powers Virtual Assistant Says:

      I downloaded it earlier today and I love that they didn’t change the interface too much especially after taking classes to master Office 2007. I give it a Kudos!

    3. Vanja Says:

      I personally tend to favour SSuite Office’s free office suites. Their software also don’t need to run on Java or .NET, like so many open source office suites and MS Office running on .NET, so it makes their software very small and efficient.


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