Office 2010 comes with many new features such as a consistent look and feel, close integration with Office Web Apps and Office Mobile, and improved team collaboration. It also features integrated image and video editing as well as mini charts.

Microsoft Office 2010 will be released in summer 2010

At the same time as the classic desktop version, the final versions of Office Web Apps and Office Mobile 2010 will also appear. Our colleagues from the PC world have compiled the innovations of Microsoft’s new Office generation for PC, Internet and smartphones in words and pictures so pop over to these guys. Once you have read this article, you should be able to answer all your customers’ questions.

Download and install Office 2010

You can already download the German beta version of Office 2010 free of charge from Microsoft to familiarize yourself with it. All you need is a Windows Live/Hotmail account. If you encounter problems during installation, this may be due to an existing trial version of Office 2007, which you should remove first. Office 2010 Beta should also run stable on netbooks with Windows XP and Intel Atom processor, but Microsoft recommends two gigabytes of RAM for a fast working method. Office 2010 Beta generally runs fastest on Windows 7, as Microsoft employees point out.

According to Microsoft, the minimum system requirements are the following: 500 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 3.5 MB hard disk space. Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 and the corresponding Windows server products. For practical use, however, much better hardware is required; on the safe side is the customer with 4 GB RAM, a dual-core CPU and Windows 7 as operating system.

The beta can be used until October 2010, after that you have to get a license for Office 2010. Although the beta is a trial version and Microsoft offers no guarantee that it will work properly, Office 2010 Beta should generally be crash proof. You can tell that this is still a beta version and not the final release by the fact that the layout of some menu items is not yet perfect, but the functionality is already available.

Microsoft Office 2010

When asked if you want to install the 32-bit or 64-bit version, Microsoft gives the following answer: Only with the 32-bit version will all add-ins work, so if the add-ins play a big role, you should go for the 32-bit version. The addins for Office 2010 64 bit must also be 64 bit. The Office 2010 server products are only available with 64 bit.

Tip: In order to use the Office Web Apps, the online version of Office 2010, you must first install Office 2010 Beta. More about this follows in the section on Office Web Apps.

Major innovations of the predecessor Office 2007, such as the initially controversially discussed ribbons and the DeepL access bar (mini toolbar) at the top left, have been incorporated into Office 2010 or consistently further developed. But the round and colorful Office button, which has been familiar since Office 2007, is gone. Instead, there is now a large backstage area under “File”.

Here you will find not only the Save and Print menu, but also a list of the most recently used files, access to Skydrive (and thus to the files created with Office Web Apps) via “Share”, the Help and the Options menu. In addition, you can choose from many templates in the backstage area when creating a new file.

The menu item “Information” provides details about the respective file, for example who is allowed to use it and how large the file is. Under “Information” you will also find the item “Media size and performance”, which tells you whether media files are included in your Office file and how large they are. In addition, Office 2010 also provides a compression function for these media. Particularly exciting from the point of view of “Avoiding data loss”: under Information you will find the item “Manage versions”, with which you can restore draft versions of unsaved files.

Simultaneous editing of a file by multiple users

Multiple Office 2010 users can edit the same document simultaneously over the Internet. To prevent users from overwriting each otherĀ³s texts, each user can lock a specific paragraph in a document for other users. For example, user A edits the second paragraph from the top, user B the fourth paragraph. Each user has locked his or her current paragraph for other users. All editors of a document are displayed. If you want to change a specific section in a Word document and see that this paragraph is locked by a colleague, you can call him immediately and ask for the section to be released.

Uniform surface

The two most obvious changes compared to Office 2007 are the consistently standardized user interface of all partial applications – Word, Excel, Access, Project Infopath and Co. all have the same Look & Feel.

Video Clips

The same applies to the video functions. Video clips are not only easy to insert, but also easy to edit. This allows the length of the video to be changed: If you click on the video with the right mouse button and choose Crop Video, a progress bar appears, on which you can move the beginning and end point of the video clip. You can also put a frame around the video or put shadow effects behind the video.

The video can be rotated and resized. The videos are inserted directly into the respective Office 2010 file and passed on. If necessary, the video file can be reduced in size using the compression function provided by Office 2010.