Microsoft showcases new Microsoft Office 2010

Just recently, Microsoft Philippines showcased the latest version of Office – Microsoft Office 2010. No less than its President for Asia Pacific Mr. Emilio Umeoka graced the ocassion. Microsoft Product Manager – Business Productivity Femme Cruz demonstrated some new feature the new productivity tool has to offer. In a nutshell:

– Work anywhere with Office Web applications — the lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote that provide access to documents from virtually anywhere and preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device.

– Collaborate better with co-authoring in Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft OneNote 2010, and advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Microsoft Outlook 2010, including the option for users to ”ignore” unwanted threads.

– Bring ideas to life with video and picture editing, broadcast capability in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, easy document preparation through the new Microsoft Office Backstage view, and new Sparklines in Microsoft Excel 2010 to visualize data and spot trends more quickly.

Microsoft also announced that it is streamlining the number of Office editions from eight to five and enhancing each edition with additional applications and features. The company also announced that Office Web applications will be available in three ways: through Windows Live, on-premises for all Office volume licensing customers, nd via Microsoft Online Services, where customers will be able to purchase a subscription as part of a hosted offering.

This will also be the first time Microsoft Office 2010 will be offered in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. On 64-bit Windows, more applications and documents may be opened at once, and switching among them will be faster because the machine can have more physical memory for the processes to share.

Another feature I believe will make it big in this 2010 version is the PowerPoint 2010 new feature called broadcast slideshow which allows presentors to broadcast their presentation over the Internet for remote view or for viewers over the network. PowerPoint Broadcast Service makes it easy for PowerPoint 2010 users to share a presentation with anyone, anywhere. Just send a link, and in one click everyone you invite will be watching a synchronized view of your slide show in their browser, even if they don’t have PowerPoint 2010 installed.

And since Powerpoint Broadcast Service is Internet / Browser base, that means you can view the presentation using your mobile phones or any other device that can connect to the web and that comes with a browser. Now can you imagine the impact of this new feature to our education system. Educators can now create their presentation, send the links to their students and knowledge sharing continues even outside the classroom.

Other new features of Microsoft Office 2010 worth mentioning are: Excel sparklines and slicers, screen captures, video editing, Outlook and OneNote improvements, enable to open in protected mode, drag-and-drop navigation pane, real time collaboration and communication, stronger security settings, and a lot more.

Incidentally, I will be having TechTutor II seminar this coming September 28 – 29, 2010 at the SM Megatrade Hall 3 where we will be discussing the new features of Microsoft Office 2010 and other topics that will help our educators and learners to use technology more in teaching and learning. I am inviting everyone to attend this event. Hope to see you all there.

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