Office 2010 Beta: screenshots

Office 2010 Beta: screenshots

Summary: Microsoft has given the public beta of Office 2010 a subtle interface makeover. Check out our screenshot gallery to see whether it improves usability.

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  • The new File tab in the ribbon brings you to the BackStage view, with tools for sharing, printing and saving documents. You can also use it to edit and add document metadata — as well as sanitising it before sharing documents outside your business.

  • Email is a social network, just like Facebook or LinkedIn. Outlook 2010's new Social Connector opens up your email network, showing emails you've exchanged with people, files you've shared and meetings you've had. It'll even bring in information from other social networks.

  • PowerPoint 2010's new transitions take the load off your CPU, using the GPU instead. The resulting effects are smooth, complex and give PowerPoint presentations a whole new lease of life — or at least give them a chance of attracting someone's attention.

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Simon Bisson

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Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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  • Office 2010

    Just downloaded and installed. Gave it the mailmerge test. Still rubbish, just like 2007 and 2003.
    ludbrookp@...
  • i like your honesty

    How is the "normal" and "no spacing" box in word fixed,as opposed to 2007, that and the need for the 2003 office compatibility every time a document was emailed as a file has been a huge pain ?
    nostro-52648