Microsoft Office 2010

June 19, 2010

I don’t know of a computer user that doesn’t use some form of office software. There are several choices available, including the free OpenOffice suite. Yet in the business world, the dominant choice is Microsoft Office. Those of you who are Microsoft haters or even Microsoft Office haters can skip today’s post. I don’t think there is anything I could say that would make you happy.

With most software, I never skip more than a single version. In our office, Microsoft Office is a vital component and we have always upgrade to every version. There are plenty of Microsoft Office users who have skipped a version or two and some are several versions behind. Is now the time to consider an upgrade? I’ll list some of the new features and let you decide.

I’ll break down the biggest changes for each program.

Word 2010

  • Add impact to your document with new picture-editing tools.
  • Better illustrate your ideas with diagrams by turning bullet-point lists into compelling SmartArt graphics.
  • Apply new formatting effects to your text such as shadow, bevel, glow and reflection.
  • Capture and insert screenshots directly into your document.
  • Communicate with ease in many languages with improved translation tools.

Excel 2010

  • Highlight data trends by creating data charts in a single cell with new Sparklines.
  • Find the right data quickly with new filter enhancement in PivotTable views.
  • Analyze data quickly. Highlight specific data with new and improved Conditional Formatting options.
  • Display data in a dynamic and interactive way with PivotChart views.
  • Spend less time sifting through data–use the new search filter to narrow down pertinent data to display.

PowerPoint 2010

  • Embed and edit video files directly in your presentation.
  • Set videos to fade in and out and apply a variety of video styles and formats.
  • Broadcast your presentation online with new Broadcast Slide Show.
  • Captivate your audience with new transitions and improved animations.
  • Use slide sections to navigate, organize and print your presentation.

Outlook 2010

  • Sync multiple email accounts from services such as (Hotmail, Gmail) or just about any other provider to Outlook 2010.
  • Condense, categorize and even ignore lengthy email exchanges with a single click using Conversation View.
  • Save time with Quick Steps and customize the tasks you use the most down to a single click.
  • Share your calendar with others and access theirs, plus save frequently used groups of calendars with the new Schedule view.
  • Gain attention with your emails by using new graphic and picture-editing tools.

Publisher 2010

  • Easily swap out pictures while preserving the look and layout of your publication with new and improved photo-editing tools.
  • Transform and customize ordinary text into fine typography with new OpenType fonts.
  • Preview built-in templates, customize content with ease and review for design and layout mistakes before printing.
  • Align objects, images or text boxes easier with improved object alignment technology and guides.
  • See exactly what your work will look like printed and adjust print settings with enhanced Print Preview.

Which programs you receive is dependent on which version of the suite you purchase. I’ll list the three most popular options and which programs they include. I’ll also list an approximate price. The links I provide go to Amazon.com and I will earn a small commission if you end up purchasing using these links.


Microsoft Office 2010 Professional: Includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Approximately $460.

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business: Includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. Approximately $240.

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student: Includes 2010 versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Approximately $130. Note that this is not licensed for use in any commercial, nonprofit, or revenue generating activities, or by any government organization.

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