Microsoft® Office 2010
The Microsoft® Office 2007 (a productivity suite developed byMicrosoft®) will soon be succeeded by the Microsoft® Office 2010. Microsoft® Â has incorporated a host of new features in the latter which includes extended file compatibility, user interface updates etc. Another impressive feature is that, with the introduction of Microsoft Office 2010, there will also be a 64-bit version of Microsoft® Office for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7 operating systems from Microsoft®.
Microsoft Â Office 2010 also brings along with it the free online versions of Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft® Excel® 2010, Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, and Microsoft OneNote 2010. They will work in all the major web browsers. Although it is scheduled for release in the first half of 2010, a public beta was already available in November 2009.
There will be a host of new features and opportunities in the Microsoft Office 2010 suite which is all set to provide the best business productivity experience for customers across PCs, browsers, and mobile devices. This will enable companies to get the resources needed to show their customers the different ways to benefit from new tools which will empower them to work together in real time by using multimedia to express ideas to the extent of enjoying the freedom of working from anywhere.
One can also find new opportunities with Microsoft Office 2010 Large Account Resellers (LARs). This is not all that the productivity suite can give. It can also enable interaction with enterprise customers about how business productivity capabilities and bring ideas to life. Through these features your service opportunities around Microsoft® Office will only expand and bear to fruition.
One can also improvise the expertise to show how Microsoft Office 2010 is the best way to bridge a wide range of capabilities enabling a user capitalized on an opportunity which surpasses deployment and template creation. There is also scope to learn more on business scenarios for some of the most remarkable capabilities in Microsoft Office 2010.
From the time these features and opportunities have been disclosed by Microsoft® at its Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, a lot of hype and enthusiasm has been generated over the new product with even a movie set to be rolled out on it. Realizing that there could be stiff challenges from the browser-based Apps products from Google™ and its new Chrome™ web browser, the software giant have been rigorously involved in deploying the best technologies to bring out a gem of a productivity suite with Microsoft Office 2010.
Features and applications
In the remainder part of the article, emphasis will be put on the various features and applications and their enhancements in the Microsoft Office 2010.
- For starters, we will take a quick look at the Browser functions. The software giant is bringing in free Web Browser versions for its various applications like Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft® Excel® 2010, Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, and Microsoft OneNote 2010; which is light and easy-to-use. They have all been based in the cloud, the web-based versions for these applications have lesser features than their desktop counterparts. However, it still gives the user, the basic tools to edit and change documents.
- The Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010 has been given a major face-lift with a fresh browser version, but then Microsoft® has not overlooked the fact that it's USP lies in its usability in the desktop version and has added a host of new features in the desktop version. These features include the capability of editing video and images within Microsoft® PowerPoint® with a basic video editing tool coupled with an image editing tool. This feature is close resemblence to a basic and simple version of Adobe® Photoshop®. The Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010 in Microsoft® Office 2010 also has the ability for its users to launch a WebEx-like live sharing feature with other users. For instance, if a slideshow is created in Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, it can be shared with other people as well.
- The Microsoft® Word 2010 is a tricky candidate. Although its usages are document editing and designing, the bulk of users are quite contented with these features and have endorsed through feedback columns that Microsoft should preserve the look and feel of a document which have been modified and created in the desktop version in the browser. The browser version of Microsoft® Word was created with this notion in mind and applied there as well and, therefore, in the browser, documents retain the same look and feel as had been enabled in the desktop. The browser version comes with the “ribbon user interface", which allows the user to change fonts, size, formatting, styles etc.
- Even the Microsoft® Outlook® 2010 has a ribbon user interface matching its other counterparts like Microsoft® Word 2010, Microsoft® Excel® 2010, and Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010. The UI of email conversations has also been revamped to look like a message tree, with the option to users to deploy a visual view of sent and incoming emails. Another section where the Microsoft® Outlook 2010 has been tweaked is the search functionality. It has been improved as well allowing a much easier task to find content. Previewing calendars in emails has also been enabled with the option to ignore selective email conversations.
- Like Microsoft® Outlook® 2010, Microsoft® Sharepoint 2010 has been endowed with ribbon UI. This makes document-hosting product in congruence with the flagship products of Microsoft®, like Microsoft® Word. The documents can now be tagged with the name of the authors and also, sharing files and documents have been made a lot easier and simplified.
Furthermore, let us make a slight drift and go back to the issue on the browser version. Microsoft® has confirmed that the browser versions have been put on trial on all major browsers aside from Internet Explorer®. While Microsoft Office 2010 is still undergoing trial and has been revamped to run on Google™ Chrome™, the software giant also declared that it is streamlining the number of Microsoft Office editions from eight to five.
There will be three different ways from which the Microsoft® Office Web applications will be accessible. Firstly, through Windows Live® cost-free, secondly on-premises versions, and finally through the Microsoft® Online Services. However, subscription to Microsoft Office and purchasing will be only available in Microsoft® Online Services. The free, browser-based versions of Microsoft® are the most highlighted feature of Microsoft Office 2010. The web-based applications will surely bring about a lot of enthusiasm and interest, and will be anticipated with bated breath. This will entice the enterprise space as well, provided there are security precautions steps taken to put documents in a secure part of the cloud. The cloud environments are becoming more and more favourable with businesses.
The browser in Microsoft Office 2010 could be the most remarkable feature in this productivity suite. All the more importantly because this version makes it a lot easier to use both the desktop and browser versions of products interchangeably. The success of the browser strategy will be observed closely by friends and foes alike.