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April showers bring May flowers and May flowers bring...Office 2010!
Office 2010 due to arrive to TechSoup in June. Its exact release date is proving to be as much of a hot-guarded secret as the next iPhone version release, but here's what we do know:
The beta version of Office 2010 has been out for awhile. Have any of you all been beta testers for this? What do you think of the new version? Post your reaction and experience with the new version here.
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I've had Office 2007 on my home computer for two years or so, and I have 2010 beta installed at work. For anyone familiar with Office 2007, the adjustment should be minimal. 2010 retains the ribbon user interface that got a lot of press during the 2007 launch. I think the ribbon is an improvement over the old menu and toolbar interface because it's a more visual approach. With Office 2003, I often needed to consult the help files when I had need of rarely used commands. With the ribbon, I can locate almost any command, whether I use it once a day or only once a year. The only difficult part of upgrading for me has been the need to save and keep two versions of many documents. I save most files in the Office XML format (.docx), which is the native format for Office 2007 and 2010. However, so many people I work with still use Office 2003 that I have save some files in the older format (.doc) in order to collaborate with them. It's not a big hassle, and there are probably workarounds that can diminish the need for this at an organizational level, but I'm not familiar with them, so maybe someone else can chime in with that information.
Bottom line: I didn't need any special training to adjust to Office 2007 or 2010, and I think that anyone who's used 2003 or a similar productivity suite will make the transition with little or no difficulty.
I upgraded to the 2010 beta version from Office 2000. It was great to see the new tool bar and page options on the programs. Everything is so straight forward. The Outlook program however has a few bugs. When you try to import messages or contacts it either doubles them or doesn't import them at all. It is also hard to keep track of which emails you are working with especially if you have multiple email accounts. If you try to delete some emails, it tells you that you can't. If you try to sort your emails into folders it has problems doing that as well. Overall however, I do like the program. You have a calender page that you can get reminders from and your contacts are listed on business cards so you can group them or see them individually. Also, if you are used to using the Avery wizard for labels, you will have problems with that. Excel and Word have a few minor problems too. I'm sure they will get all the kinks worked out, but for now we have to bear with them.
The enhancements in Access 2010, especially when combined with Sharepoint 2010, are significant. Now with Access 2010/sharepoint 2010, one can build a web application just like you would a Windows application using Access. However, I doublt many readers use Access currently.
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Megan asked me to chime in with an invite to a 1hr webinar for the Office 2010 features and benefits that Microsoft is hosting through my company, Consistent Computer Bargains.
On May19th between 9:00-10:00 am CST Microsoft has agreed to host a webinar expressly for CCB’s customers and contacts...and it’s absolutely free! It is generally the responsibility of the resellers to take the education to the end-users, however because of our relationship with Microsoft they have agreed to host it themselves, and rumor has it that some of the higher-ups at Microsoft will make an appearance...not to mention that a copy of Office 2010 will be given away (Std or Pro - as you like it).
This will be a great way to see the benefits of Office 2010 and how it will help nonprofits. Also there will be a live demo of the product and a time for Q&A. Did I mention that it’s absolutely free? ☺
Below is a link to register for the event. Don't be shy about spreading the word on this - simply include my name (Cameron Gaither) when asked how you heard about the event.
Thanks guys. Hope this is helpful!
Oh - And here's a slideshow from Channel Web that might also be of interest: 15 Jaw Dropping New Features of Microsoft Office 2010:
Cameron J. Gaitner - CCB, Inc.
I don't have a whole lot of experience with Office 2010 yet but I'll give you a few first impressions. I used the beta for a couple of weeks last winter but went back to Office 2007 because I use Outlook with several different profiles and I was having conflicts between the two versions. But my first impression then, and now with the RTM version, is that aesthetically, it's a step backwards. Whatever functional likes or dislikes one might have had with Office 2007, it sure was pretty. It had a textured look. The ribbon had a color gradient and the separators were thick and rounded. The ribbon in 2010 is flat looking with thin rectangular borders. It just looks ugly. And the icons for all the apps look like those colored blocks we played with as kids. I realize that's pretty superficial stuff, but it just surprised me that Microsoft's trend with both Windows and Office has been to make them better looking with each version---until this one.
As for functionality, I do like the enhanced Conversation view in Outlook. And even though I was initially annoyed that they had replaced the "Office" button with the "Backstage" thing (another new habit to develop), I must admit that it is an improvement, especially having all the print options available together.
Maybe after I discover more useful features I'll grow to like the new look. :-)
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For any that missed it the CCB Office 2010 recorded webinar is available to view online now: www.ccbnonprofits.com/microsoft_discounts_office2010_webinar.aspx
Thanks. I was going to ask about that. I'll be sure to check it out.
One major annoyance for me is that Blackberry has not released the Outlook 2010 connector for Blackberry desktop manager so syncing Outlook 2010 with your Blackberry may not work for now until they release a new version of BBDM. Last time I check on the blackberry site, there was no news on a release date.
I downloaded and installed the Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010 when it was first available from Tech Soup. I am now getting a "activation request" every time I open and of the Office programs asking me to enter the Product Key. I have tried the Keys supplied off the Volume Licensing Page and none of them work.
I used the Office 2010 MAK keys supplied on the License pages and they worked just fine for us.
Am I correct that one can still order office 2007 and then immediately upgrade using the software assurances?
In the Open License program MS no longer sells the previous versions once the new versions are released. Hope this helps.
Cameron Gaither - Consistent Computer Bargains
Where can I download Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010? I got the MAK from the Volume Licensing site but the software was not listed to download.
Hi there - I orfered and received our MS Office Professional 2010 and attempted to use the key on the back of the disk and it says it's no good. I went to the Volumne Licensing page and followed the directions and it's asking for me to ass an Open License.
I am all thumbs here and not sure what to do next.
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