Reasons to Upgrade to Office 2010

Posted on July 9, 2011

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A client asked for reasons as to why they would want to upgrade to Office 2010.  Here is what I gave them.

Why Upgrade to Office 2010

Two themes we keep hearing over and over today arevcollaboration and the cloud.  Unlike Office 2003, Office 2010 allows users to take full advantage of this new paradigm in which workers work in the cloud and remotely share and collaborate on projects.

If you have enjoyed the web and collaborative features of Google Apps and wished you could integrate these elements with Office 2003, you’re in luck because Office 2010 combines them into one package.

Outlook:

Outlook 2010 now integrates the ribbon, made famous in Office 2007, giving Outlook the same consistent look your users are familiar with in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.

Outlook 2010 now integrates the concept of organizing your emails into conversations, stacking back-to-back email responses in a hierarchical format, allowing you to easily read emails in sequential conversation like order.  Outlook 2010 also lets you sort your email by conversations as well allowing you greater management.

Integrating Cloud
Storage:

Windows Live Cloud Services are great unless you are working with Office 2007 and having to constantly open up a web browser to upload and download your files to work on them locally.  Office 2010 will save and open files straight into and from your Windows
Skydrive account.

An Improved Ribbon

Office 2007 introduced the ribbon, Office 2010 perfected it, altering its design somewhat to make it more productive and intuitive in order to maximize user efficiency.

Excel

Like Google Apps, Excel 2010 allows you the ability to open and edit Excel spreadsheets within the web browser.  You can also share your Excel files with other users via the browser and customize their collaboration rights.

A picture speaks a thousand words, so Excel 2010 introduces the concept of Sparklines which gives a visual snapshot image
of the data trends within a single cell.

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