Microsoft Office 2010: the suite which aims for Performance
It took Microsoft more than three years of development, two software leaks (they sure don't have the premises security that Apple has) and many rumors to launch, on November 2009, the Beta version of their newest suite: Microsoft Office 2010. Meant to be more focused on the employee's needs, the successor of Office 2007 brings in more tools, a friendlier user experience and extended compatibility.
Office 2010 is the first Office to be released in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions, but the two versions can not co-exist on the same PC. The feature set is practically the same in the two versions, but the 64-bit version is capable of using a lot more of the available computer memory, which is useful when working with particularly large files, and this makes it more appropriate for business users.
Note: The 64-bit version is only compatible with Windows Vista and Windows 7, while the 32-bit version works also on Windows XP (SP3).
If at first glance Microsoft Office 2010 seems an updated and friendlier version of Office 2007, in reality it offers many new features tailored to employees and their daily needs. Office 2010 holds the key to more visual Word documents and richer PowerPoint presentations, thanks to the photo and video editing tools, more accurate and interactive Excel files, due to the enhanced filters and dynamic PivotCharts, and an improved communication inside the office with the co-authoring functionality and Office Communicator 2010.
On top of these we have the Backstage View menu button which replaces the Office button (present in Office 2007), offering immediate access to basic functions such as printing, and the Ribbon interface (present in all Office apps), which allows customization of the tabs and quick access to commands.
But the best part of the Office 2010 suite, according to the entire SBP team, is that the information can be accessed, edited and shared from different locations, and on different devices (PCs, netbooks, smartphones etc.), all thanks to the Microsoft Office Web Apps and Microsoft Office Mobile 2010. So, all you need is an Internet connection, a device and the Office 2010 suite to start working wherever you are, including at home (no more excuses).
If I were to define Office 2010 in only one word, I would definitely say EFFICIENT. It has never been easier to stay organized, to communicate and share your work with colleagues, to present your work at its full potential and to aim for Performance. Your boss will definitely be pleased now!
OpenOffice, Google Docs and the Office Web Apps don't have Outlook and there is nothing else on the market like it. Older versions of Outlook work just fine but if you want the latest technology, you'll need Outlook 2010!