If you've attended a recent Microsoft roadshow or conference, then you would have probably seen the following features, but feel free to send this to your mother, sister, child, colleagues, grandmother or anyone apprehensive about yet another release of the Microsoft Office package.
This is not a fully comprehensive list of features. I’m not going to tell you how to do this. It's just meant to be a primer. I will link to another blog or two with a more comprehensive list of features, but these ones are WAY COOL!
Office 2010 is not as big of a paradigm shift as the upgrade to 2007 was from 2003/XP. Most people are now used to the ‘dreaded ribbon’. The Ribbon is present in most applications now (including Outlook). In fact, you are now able to customise and create your own ribbon.
OK, enough rambling, on to my top five features of Office 2010:
1. Editable Ribbons: You can now edit the ribbon and create your own, rather than just having access to add items to the quick launch.
2. PowerPoint: Broadcast Slide Show: Allows you to broadcast your slide decks to the cloud and give your attendees a link to a web viewer (viewable on most devices including iPhone). Then when you advance a slide, the slide advances on the client’s device automatically. Demo.
3. Powerful Image Editor: PowerPoint and Word give you an extremely powerful image editor. So powerful in fact that you can remove the background of an image and apply sophisticated effects such as changing the levels right in Word itself. Demo.
4. PowerPoint Video Editing: OK, you won’t give Stephen Spielberg a run for his money here, but the tools for running videos inside your PowerPoint slide decks is quite powerful. You can crop the start and finish points of the video, apply borders, etc. Demo.
5. Outlook finally gets a makeover: You can now enjoy some features you would expect. In fact, some of these are features that Microsoft have stolen from their competitors - SHOCK HORROR! The amount of money they spend on Research and Development, and they STILL flog ideas from their competitors. ANYWAY! You will find the following features such as allowance for multiple exchange mailboxes in a single profile, being able to ignore a conversation thread and amalgamation of an email back-and-forth into one email that contains the whole conversation. Good stuff!
Another good resource: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=900
Edited by Elly Hart, 3.39am, August 6, 2010.
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