New Opportunities in New Microsoft Office

These past few weeks, the Web has been abuzz with chatter on Microsoft's new version of products. Finally this week, Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Office 2010 -- including SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010.

Microsoft 2010 certainly has a bevy of new features, all aimed at greater efficiency and productivity. Introducing mobile access to the new suite of products is among the key features.

Not quite a bolt from the blue, the latest update to the software leverages on the cloud -- Office Web Apps is the online companion of Microsoft's signature tools.

In the Cloud

Lending credence to CEO Steve Ballmer's statement "we are in (the cloud)," Haresh Khoobchandani, senior director, business and marketing organisation for Microsoft Singapore, amped up on Microsoft's profile as a cloud player, in a briefing yesterday at the Microsoft Singapore Office.

"Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft has a lot of experience in the cloud", said Khoobchandani, and has extended it to its new range of products.

Delivering a host of services, the new generation of Office online will enable document and file sharing--one of the most versatile features of cloud computing.

One of the remarkable cloud features of Web Apps is the real-time updating of documents by several users simultaneously.

Office Web Apps is an extension of desktop capabilities to the cloud, claiming "no loss of fidelity" in the integration between the two companions.

The 'P' Word

Bringing the enhanced software suite to mobile phones, the 2010 products are purported to define the future of productivity. Organisations are said to see significant productivity gains from working across the individual platforms.

"With the 2010 set of products, organisations will save, innovate and grow as their people benefit from working across the PC, phone and browser," said Stephen Elop, president of Microsoft business division.

Microsoft explained, with Office Mobile, people can work with Office documents on the go, stored on their phone, attached to an e-mail, and can browse, edit, update documents stored on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site.

Content and format are said to be preserved when moving between the two platforms as Web Apps facilitate to preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of the device (PC or phone).

Benefits have already been regarded by the early adopters--according to Microsoft, "8.6 million people are already using Office 2010 and related products."

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