24 May

Google Docs Vs Microsoft Office 2010? The Debate Continues

Following many months of beta testing, Microsoft Office 2010 is finally on our shelves. The key question is, how does it measure up? With free applications like Google Paperwork and OpenOffice – and free versions of the Microsoft Office web applications themselves – what benefits do you get from Office 2010, and is it worth the potential time and expense to upgrade? According to Ms, the focus of this major update was on three things: to make work flow more effective; to effectively use Internet applications to make it available anywhere; also to make collaboration with others easier, via Microsoft’s new “SkyDrive” (25GB of free online storage). buy ms office 2010 professional

In this quick review we have a look at a few of the more interesting changes and new features product by product, and give our summary on the suite all together. 

Revamped Ribbon

The first, and for some, most significant major change pertain to the controversial “Ribbon” (a set of symbols that replaces the traditional menus and submenu buildings of Office 2003). Luckily, Office 2010 addresses the biggest difficulties with the earlier Ribbon interface – by letting you customise the Ribbon fully, moving, adding and removing icons or creating your own custom Ribbon with the orders and options you use most often. This is a huge improvement over Business office 2007, and should give confidence to Office users which may have up until now resisted the migration to Ribbon-based interface.

Outlook

The new “Quick Steps” feature in Outlook will accelerate up dealing with repeating e-mail tasks. For example, a basic Quick Step can be set-up to move read messages from your inbox in the folder you use the most. You can also set-up macros to thread together frequently used combos of actions.

Hitting the “Ignore” button on long-running conversations will also save you time by camouflaging all further messages relating to a thread you are not considering – for example an organization event that you don’t plan to attend.

The better “Conversation View” puts communications into threads and is a huge improvement on Outlook’s previous attempts to exhibit the structure of back-and-forth communications. It also has the ability to draw emails relating to the bond from mails you have filed and that are not still in your inbox – a very useful feature that works well.

Excel

If you use Excel for real calculations you will be very happy to know that the statistical, math and financial functions have been overhauled. You will find over 50 new functions available, and a number of the existing functions have been renamed to make the purpose of the function clearer.

Pivot dining tables and charts have also been improved. If you need to switch between different adjustments in a Pivot Stand or Pivot Chart frequently, you can create well known “Slicers” – graphical views that hover over the workbook and incorporate data from multiple underlying furniture or charts that you can style the way you want.

Excel seems generally faster to work with; files open and save faster, large workbooks with multiple sheets weight in parallel and graphs specifically are faster.

PowerPoint

Among our favourite new PowerPoint feature has got to be PowerPoint Broadcast – a quick and easy way of giving a presentation to people who aren’t in the same place as you. Basically select the applicable option in the Share & Send section of the PowerPoint menu and you get an URL you can email around to colleagues and clients. Furthermore, your presentation participants no longer need to install anything at all on their machines to view. This really is particularly useful for larger presentations where the file size can often mean sending the presentation via e-mail is impractical. You may also turn your presentation into an online video – including narration – in full resolution or resized for the web or mobile phone.

The new image editing tools in Office 2010 are particularly useful in PowerPoint, nevertheless, you also get basic but useful video updating tools. You are able to trim videos within your presentation by dragging a slider, add fades and other results like reflections and THREE DIMENSIONAL bevels and bookmark displays to use for a menu.

Word

Most of the news on Phrase relate to improvements in visual content; new topics, the replacement of the tired “WordArt” feature, and improvements to image attachment and manipulation.

In particular we liked the new collaboration tools – you can edit a file simultaneously as someone different as long as it can stored on SkyDrive – and it’s easy to save documents straight there from the desktop menu. This also allows more than one user to edit a document simultaneously – with other householder’s changes evidently highlighted.

Microsoft company Office 2010: Verdict

Workplace 2010 has plenty of new features that just make it much easier to get things done. Office 2010 is also the first version of Office with 64-bit versions of the apps; that means you can work with Exceed spreadsheets that are greater than 2GB, speed through long documents in Term and handle much bigger email stores in Perspective. It is a worthwhile upgrade for businesses and individual users who need professional-level productivity apps, but for some, it will take a little while to get acclimated with the new interface. Those looking for bare-bones, easy-to-use office software should stick to Google’s and other online offerings or continue using older Workplace versions they have perfected. But if you are eager to try away new time-saving features and are willing to spend time learning where everything is, we think you will appreciate this major upgrade.

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