Microsoft Announces Office 2010 Technical Preview
Article by George Norman
On 14 Jul 2009
The Redmond-based software giant kicked off the week with good and bad news. The good news is that at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Office 2010 as a Technical Preview (alongside Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010). So if you took the time to register with Microsoft, you can expect to get an invitation to test Office as part of the Technical Preview program anytime now.

The bad news is that there is a new ActiveX vulnerability being exploited in the wild. There is a Microsoft Office Web Components vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of the targeted machine – but that is the topic of another article , here we will focus on Office 2010.

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“Office 2010 is the premier productivity solution across PCs, mobile phones and browsers. From broadcast and video editing in PowerPoint, new data visualization capabilities in Excel, and co-authoring in Word, we are delivering technology to help people work smarter and faster from virtually any location using any device,” commented Senior Vice President of the Microsoft Business Division with Microsoft, Chris Capossela.

Office 2010 will provide the following functionality to the end user:
Work anywhere – you can do your work directly in the browser window thanks to Office Web applications, a lightweight version of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. Office Web Applications will be made available via Windows Live, Microsoft Online Services , or on-premises for all Office volume licensing customers.
Collaborate better – Word, PowerPoint and OneNote in Office 2010 come with co-authoring while Outlook comes with advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities.
Bring ideas to life – it is now easier than ever to set up documents thanks to the new Microsoft Office Backstage view, thanks to PowerPoint that comes with video editing, picture editing and broadcast capability, and thanks to the new data visualization and trend spotting functionality provided by Sparklines in Excel.

When Office 2010 becomes available, it will come in 5 flavors, not 8. The number of Office versions may have dropped from 8 to 5 with the 2010 suite, but this does not mean the number of features has dropped. Quite the opposite; each Office 2010 version will come with additional features and applications.

Additional details on Microsoft Office 2010 are available here.
And you might want to check out the hilarious Office 2010 trailer here (used to be here).



Tags: Microsoft, Office 2010, Technical Preview
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