Microsoft Office 2010 top new features

Microsoft introduced a public beta of Office 2010 today. Neowin has taken a look at Office 2010 and we have pulled out our favourite new features. Check them out below.

Embed, edit and manage videos within PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 now allows you to easily insert local videos and web videos. New features include video trim which allows you to cut down your video without a third party application. With video tools you can apply fades, set video effects and styles and also set a preview image for your video. PowerPoint will also compress your media for improved playback in presentations. Supported formats include:

  • AVI
  • WMV
  • WMA
  • MP3
  • MOV
  • H.264
DirectShow codecs can also be installed to extend codec support.

New text effects in Word 2010

Microsoft has improved the text effects in Word 2010. You can now apply text effects to document text, allowing you to edit and spell check text and even add text effects to paragraph, character, list, or table styles. Several different effects (similar to the WordArt in previous versions of Office) are available including glow, bevels and custom shadows.

Customize the Ribbon

Microsoft is now allowing users of Office 2010 to fully customize the Ribbon, adding the ability to customize or create your own tabs on the Ribbon. The Ribbon also provides contextual tabs, for example, when you select a picture in Word a contextual tab will appear on the Ribbon allowing you to edit or format the picture.

Office Backstage

Microsoft ditched the "Orb" style from Office 2007 and decided to go back to the 'File' menu in Office 2010. The main reason behind this decision was users constantly asked IT departments and support lines "where's the file menu?" The file tab gives you access to Backstage with a variety of tools that were previously spread across different locations. Print preview is now combined into the print tab to make it easier for users to print. Businesses are able to extend Backstage and add extra options to Backstage.

Preview options before you paste

Paste options now provides a preview of what content is being pasted into Office 2010. The ability to see what you are pasting in prevents users from using the undo feature of Office which is used most frequently out of all options.

OneNote 2010 improvements

OneNote now includes improved search navigation, quick filing and linked notes. Quick filing allows users to quickly collect information whilst working on other applications. With quick filing you can send a copy of content from documents, web sites, e-mail and other applications straight into your OneNote notebook. Linked notes allows you to take notes whilst working in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 or Internet Explorer.

Office 2010 64-bit support

Microsoft Office 2010 will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. The added support will allow for larger and more complex data spreadsheets. The 64-bit version of Office 2010 will allow for greater memory intensive documents.

PowerPoint broadcasting

PowerPoint 2010 makes sharing and connecting easier than before, allowing users to remote share presentations with users from anywhere in the world. PowerPoint 2010 even allows movie sharing to users, even if they don't have PowerPoint installed.

Outlook 2010 email management

Outlook 2010 comes with a new style of mail management, allowing for grouped email replies. Outlook also gives you a list of related messages when reading emails.


Outlook social connector

Microsoft has introduced a Outlook Social Connector (OSC) straight into Outlook 2010. The Connector provides a stream of content from SharePoint, Windows Live and other social networking sites. At the bottom of Outlook emails users will be provided with contacts' latest Facebook and Twitter posts.

Office Mobile 2010

Microsoft is providing mobile apps of Office 2010. The applications will be available on Windows Mobile 6.5 or above and for Nokia devices. The mobile apps provide the ability to create and edit on the go.

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They should have put an option in 2010 which HTML engine you would like to use in Outlook 2010.

One reason I'll soon be migrating my last email account from Outlook 2007 to Windows Live Mail is because Outlook 2007 relies on the HTML engine used in Word. Rendering lots of emails (mainly newsletters depending on CSS and DIVS) in a wrong way.

Apart from that, everything looks great.

Jeffrey89 said,
They should have put an option in 2010 which HTML engine you would like to use in Outlook 2010.

One reason I'll soon be migrating my last email account from Outlook 2007 to Windows Live Mail is because Outlook 2007 relies on the HTML engine used in Word. Rendering lots of emails (mainly newsletters depending on CSS and DIVS) in a wrong way.

Apart from that, everything looks great.

That is really weird, I would have thought that the rendering engine would be using Internet Explorer; why does word have its own internal engine?

Will powerpoint EXPORT movie files yet?

I'd love to be able to send a powerpoint presentation out as a movie (WMV or whatever) but alas as of yet, cannot.

Hercules said,
Will powerpoint EXPORT movie files yet?

I'd love to be able to send a powerpoint presentation out as a movie (WMV or whatever) but alas as of yet, cannot.


Yes, you can export WMV, I tried it and it works nice.

Hopefully PowerPoint 2010 for Windows Mobile will have the ability to edit PowerPoints on the go rather than just view them.

Office 2007 got us all to adapt to losing the menu system... Now they want to bring it back because people were too lazy (or incompetent) to spend 10 seconds learning how to use the orb menu which is much more intuitive and useful? That is just sad.

Honestly, just look at the thing. It's hardly a return to the file menu. Its more like just an evolution to the home menu in Office 2007, just with a different look. .

Kyang said,
Honestly, just look at the thing. It's hardly a return to the file menu. Its more like just an evolution to the home menu in Office 2007, just with a different look. .

Yeah, but the orb was so much prettier... LOL

Yeah, the new PowerPoint is great! I'm loving the version in the TP, can't wait to see how they further improved it in the beta!

Xerxes said,
Yeah, the new PowerPoint is great! I'm loving the version in the TP, can't wait to see how they further improved it in the beta! :)

Yeah, that's the first one I'm playing around with when I get it installed.

iMaZx said,
so we still dont get tab window for new doc in MS Word?

I would love to see that happens! and not only in word but also in excel and pp!

iMaZx said,
so we still dont get tab window for new doc in MS Word?
They could include Visual Studio Express with Office and use it for that. All they need to do is to make improvement which allows to open office documents (DOCs, XLS, PPTs, TXT, URLs, ...) in editable mode inside Visual Studio tab.

iMaZx said,
so we still dont get tab window for new doc in MS Word?

Their justification is probably that by the time 2010 is released that you'd be using Windows 7 which includes, as part of superbar, the ability to switch between documents using that preview function etc. Why duplicate functionality already available in the OS itself?

quite liking the new office 2010 after being a tech previewer for months, Outlook still crashes on you.

Which is extremely annoying as its the main program that i use.

aduk85 said,
quite liking the new office 2010 after being a tech previewer for months, Outlook still crashes on you.

Which is extremely annoying as its the main program that i use.

Dude, it is a beta; if you're using it as your main programme full time then you really need to have a good hard think about that decision.

Downloaded the 64-bit version, loads faster and opens faster than the technical preview version. Plus lots of new improvements and features.

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