Microsoft Office 2010: Who Should Upgrade and Why

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

As the official release of Microsoft Office 2010 is eagerly awaited, customers must be looking for reasons to upgrade to the new version of Office suite. Microsoft Office 2010 suites offers an array of new opportunities to provide the best business productivity experience for your customers across PCs, browsers, and mobile devices. The Office suite has been designed with new features and tools to take your experience to the next level. It introduces extended file compatibility, and user interface updates to ensure refined user experience. Office 2010 comes with resources that enable you to work together in real time, working virtually from anywhere and using multimedia to express ideas.  With a array of new features to increase productivity and efficiency, there are more than enough reasons for upgrading to Microsoft Office 2010.

Better ways to present your ideas visually

Office 2010 opens a plethora of design options to express your ideas. With the new and improved picture formatting tools such as color saturation and artistic effects  you can transform your document visuals into work of art. Adding to your effort, Office offers a wide range of new pre-built Office themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts. It makes more ways to make your ideas stick.

Work on more than one task simultaneously

The co-authoring feature in Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Excel Web App and Microsoft OneNote shared notebooks lets you work on a file with several people at once, even from different locations.

Design and deliver compelling presentations

PowerPoint 2010 allows you to easily embed personalized videos in your presentation. What’s more exciting you can insert and customize videos directly in PowerPoint 2010. You can trim, add fades and effects, or bookmark key points in the video to call attention to selected scenes. Videoscan that could be inserted are embedded by default, relieving you from managing and sending additional video files.

Manage large volumes of emails

The large emails threads can be compressed into small conversation. You can categorize, filed, ignored, or cleaned up. With the new Quick Steps feature in Outlook 2010 you can perform multi-command tasks, like reply and delete an e-mail in a single click. This will save both your time and in-box space.

Store and track ideas and notes in one place

OneNote 2010 provides an ultimate solution for tracking, organizing, and sharing your text, picture, video and audio notes. New features such as version tracking, automatic highlighting and Linked Notes allow more control over your notes. With the notes you can easily track where your ideas came from and the recent changes, when working in teams.

Get you message out instantly

Now you can broadcast your PowerPoint Presentation to remote audience, even if they don’t have PowerPoint installed. PowerPoint 2010 includes a new Broadcast Slide Show that allows you to share your presentation through a web browser smoothly without any additional set up.

Access Office from multiple locations

With Office 2010 you might get things done easily as you can access the and edit the Office 2010 applications from different locations and more devices. Further, you can access the from your smartphone or virtually any computer connected with Internet.

Faster and easier to work on

Microsoft Office Backstage replaces the traditional File menu to offer a centralized space for all of the file management tasks such as the ability to save, share, print and publish. The enhanced Ribbon across Office 2010 applications allows you to access commands quickly and customize tabs to personalize the experience to your work style.

Create powerful data insights and visuals

Excel 2010 has made it easier than ever to track and highlight  new data analysis and visualization features. With the new Sparkline feature now you can have a clear and compact visual representation of your data with small charts within worksheet cells. Further, you can filter and segment PivotTable data in multiple layers using Slicers. This will allow more time for analysis and consume less time for formatting.

Enhanced security

Office 2010 has a Protected Mode which protects the computer from viruses. By default the documents opened in this mode, which are downloaded from the internet, open in such a way that editing is disabled, you need to enable the editing manually. This feature allows users to preview the document, if they find it is from an authentic source then they can enable editing, else delete it.

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