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What do people think about the Office Professional 2010 beta?
Asked by kbnotes
Posted Nov 30 2009 07:56 AM
What do people think about the Office Professional 2010 beta? As a new editor for the ORM / Microsoft Press division, I'm interested in what people have to say about the upcoming release. I've been using the beta for a few weeks and haven't experienced any problems (I'm running it on Vista). It's very stable. So far, I haven't seen many significant, OMG new features or improvements from Office 2007, although I really like the new version of OneNote and its new tagging feature. I predict many of my friends and colleagues who are still running XP and Office 2003 will probably be shocked. I took an unofficial poll over the weekend and was surprised to find out how many people skipped Vista and thought that since Office 2003 worked just fine, they weren't going to upgrade to Office 2007.
With the release of Windows 7 and the upcoming release of Office 2010, however, I think the biggest reason to upgrade will be for the much improved desktop / mobile devices / web integration and to stay connected everywhere we go. From the desktop, to mobile devices, and to the web, we'll have the apps available to us. Personally, I'm also getting jazzed about SharePoint 2010 and its stronger collaboration features. As far as I'm concerned, the more collaborative, the better.
Answered by kmurray
Posted Dec 16 2009 09:42 AM
Hi kbnotes, I may be a little biased because I wrote First Look Microsoft Office 2010 for Microsoft Press (which means I've been working with the beta for a while), but I really like this new release. I'm running it on Windows 7, and it's very smart, fast, flexible, and makes it easy to be creative without a lot of fuss. I work with colleagues in Portugal, Spain, and India, so I use the Mini Translator a lot. I love simple things like the artistic effects--little effort, big impact.
I'm with you on OneNote, too--the integration is very cool and easy. I like being able to customize the Ribbon to add tabs and tab groups, and it seems natural to go to Backstage view for file management, security, sharing options. I think co-authoring (on SharePoint or Windows Live) will be huge, and the new social media support in Outlook 2010 is really fun. I love the Office Web Apps and use them almost every day in my work, sharing files with others (or with myself on other machines). Plus, the video editing features in PowerPoint are great and give me even more room to be creative in the presentations I create for clients.
Okay, I didn't mean to gush, but I really do think there's lots of good stuff in there.