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Office 2010 Beta: A Visual Tour of What's New

Microsoft's Office 2010 beta emphasizes integration with the Web, interface upgrades, and collaboration.

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta

Microsoft took the wraps off of Office 2010 beta, announcing the availability of a public beta of the software and revealing more about its flagship productivity suite. Microsoft has not announced an official launch date or price for Office 2010 except to say the final version of Office 2010 will be available sometime early 2010.

You can read our full review of Office 2010 beta here. You can download a beta version of Office 2010 from Microsoft here.

Office 2010 beta comes packed with meaningful improvements such as beefed up cut-and-paste functions for text and multimedia content. Also added is tighter integration to the Internet such as Outlook Social Connector, which brings communications history, collaboration, and social network feeds directly into Outlook.

One of the most striking addition to Office 2010 is the introduction of Office Web Apps. These are lightweight versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote that are all accessible via desktop, mobile devices, and Web browsers.

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Office 2007 vs. Office 2010: Ribbons

The ribbon interface introduced in the key Office 2007 apps goes suitewide in Office 2010, with more contextual changes.

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Your Backstage Pass to Office 2010

Suitewide, the most immediately apparent change is the departure of the round Office button that brought up commands for saving and printing documents as well as for changing application-specific settings. Instead, Microsoft returns to a familiar menu convention: a File tab that brings up a full screen of commands and information. Microsoft calls this screen the Backstage View.

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A Closer Look at Backstage

The left navigation bar in Backstage View holds many of the commands, but most of the real estate is devoted to big panes filled with document-specific items such as editing permissions, links to autosaved versions, file size, and even a thumbnail. (Businesses can customize Backstage View to integrate their workflow processes.)

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Paste Preview

Microsoft engineers have added a paste-preview feature that lets you see the results before you commit (similar to the mouse-over previews of font changes and other edits available in the ribbon).

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Word Improves the Way it Handles Art

Improved picture-editing tools allow you to preview and apply cropping (and many new adjustments and effects) on the fly as you insert images into Office documents.

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Image Editing within Office 2010

Here is another look at the improved picture-editing tools.

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Word Text Effects

A new Text Effects pane lets you apply artistic effects (fills, outlines, and the like) to any text--and still edit the text afterward,

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Excell Adds 'Sparklines'

The biggest innovation is a feature called Sparklines that lets you create miniature charts within a single cell, a way to instantly show multiple trends across several contiguous data sets.

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Embedding Video in PowerPoint Gets Easy

Embedding video in a presentation requires only a click or two, whether you're drawing from your own library or a site such as YouTube.

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PowerPoint Allows You to Broadcast Your Presentations

PowerPoint Broadcast Service, one of the more impressive PowerPoint innovations, lets you accomplish this with a minimum of fuss and nothing to install.

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Outlook Adds a Social Connector for Keeping Tabs on Your Social Network

Support within Outlook has been added for tracking feeds from social networks

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Ribbon Pros and Cons

Application icons are chunkier and restricted to one letter, which invites confusion in the case of PowerPoint and Publisher, and bemusement in the case of Outlook and OneNote (the latter's icon is the letter N, one leg of which looks like a 1).

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Excel Office Web App

Judging from the preview versions we tried through a SharePoint site that Microsoft set up for reviewers (and through the technical beta program on SkyDrive) Web Apps are no match for the competition. For example with the Excel Web App you can't create charts,

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Word Office Web App

In the beta Office 2010 Word Web App we tested it had no support for revision mode making collaboration harder.

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PowerPoint Web App

The PowerPoint we looked at paled in comparison to the desktop version and also the wealth of Web-based choices such as Zoho Show.

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