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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  • 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.

  • If you've been using the Excel Web App Technical Preview, you won't be surprised by the version bundled with SharePoint 2010. There's very little difference — apart from the SharePoint wrapper around the service.

  • Office 2010's Protected View is a sandbox that helps reduce the risk of malware propagating through emailed and web documents. It's not just for the new Office formats, either — common formats like RTF are handled the same way.

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Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

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