Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 || Top 8 Features

Microsoft Office 2010 is a version of Microsoft Office for Microsoft Windows that was released to manufacturing on April 15, 2010, and was later made available to retail on June 15, 2010. As the successor to Office 2007 and Office 2013. The Mac OS X equivalent, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, was released on October 26, 2010.

Office 2010 introduces user interface enhancements, including a Backstage view that consolidates document management tasks into a single location. The ribbon introduced in Office 2007 for Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word is the primary user interface for all Office 2010 and is now customizable. Collaborative editing features that enable multiple users.

Microsoft Office 2010
Microsoft Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Top 8 features:

here are the top 8 features that I think will make Office 2010 worth the upgrade.

1. Updated Menu System

Office 2007 made some headlines with its innovative ribbon menu system. Office 2010 takes it to another level with a more intuitive ribbon and, to my delight, a new home menu system. Instead of opening up a dropdown, the entire window changes colours and provides you with the save open, close, preview, and other options.

On top of this, the new home menu system provides detailed information on modifications, authors, file size, and permissions. There’s also a new print and print preview menu that definitely changes the layout most PC users. In short: the new menu is cleaner.

2. Deeper Multimedia Editing

Microsoft upped the multimedia editing options from its last iteration. Specifically, image editing gets a boost, and there’s now in-video editing within Microsoft PowerPoint. Screen captures and video cutting is now included. You can even remove backgrounds with the new Office.

In short: there’s just so much more that you can do. Though it won’t Photoshop, it makes creating and editing presentations a ton easier.

3. Real-time Collaboration and Communication

Not only is there communication in the upcoming web version, but the desktop version sports a real-time buddy list of sorts that shows what individuals are currently editing a document within 2010. You can see who’s online, who not, and who’s working on what. It’s a lot like Adobe’s Acrobat.com in that regard.

4. Microsoft Office 2010 Stronger Security Settings

The new Office revamps author settings, restricted editing, and adds a “protected mode,” which stops you from accidentally editing a file you download until you enable it. Some will like this feature; others won’t. Restricted editing helps you pick who can collaborate.

5. Microsoft Office Web Apps

You didn’t think we could end a list like this without the biggest news of all, did you? Please make no mistake: Microsoft’s out to thwart potential rivals like Google Docs with its own online version of the software. We don’t quite know about all of its features, but with its piggy-backing on the world’s most popular document editing software, it’s certainly going to become popular very quickly.

So is the new Microsoft Office 2010 just a small improvement, or does it really crank out the features? The answer is a mixed bag – the focus is clearly on Office Web Apps this round, but they didn’t skimp on new features in the desktop version either.

6. Outlook improvements

Outlook is the Microsoft Office program I use most often. It’s the first application I fire up when I sit down at the computer in the morning. And it’s the last application I close when I shut down for the night. And I’m checking my mail and calendar and looking up contacts every 15 minutes (or more often) throughout the day. This makes changes to the Outlook interface essential to me.

I want it to work better, but I don’t want to relearn everything, and I don’t want to lose functionality. The Ignore button added to Outlook is just what those of us who belong to lots of email discussion lists have been waiting for. It allows you to get rid of conversation threads that you don’t want. Not only will it delete all messages in your Inbox that belong to the thread, but it will automatically delete any messages about that thread that comes in later.

7. Open in Protected View

When you open an existing document for the first time in Word 2010, you may be surprised to find that nothing happens if you try to start editing it. If you look more closely, you’ll see that the Ribbon is hidden. What’s up with that? The document has opened in Protected View.

8. Microsoft Office 2010 OneNote improvements

OneNote has been a bit of a forgotten stepchild in previous editions of Office, perhaps because it only came with the “lowest” and “highest” editions of Office 2007 — Home and Student edition and Ultimate edition. Most Office users have the Standard, Small Business, or Professional edition. Microsoft obviously wants to get more exposure for OneNote. According to early reports, Office 2010 features will follow the same pattern as Windows 7; that is, each successively more expensive edition will contain all the applications of those editions “below” it and more. That means OneNote will be available in all editions of Office 2010. The most obvious change to OneNote, as with Outlook, is that now it sports the Ribbon interface.

Conclusion

Office 2010 still has to go through a public beta (expected later this year) before seeing it in its final version, but what we see in the technical preview looks promising. Whether you’re using Office 2007 or you’re still using Office 2003, Office 2010 will offer enough new and improved features and functionality to make it worth considering the upgrade.

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