Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Launch Today

Posted by at 9:09 am on May 12, 2010

Today, Microsoft announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, as well as Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010, for business customers worldwide.

Microsoft’s Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 beta programs were the largest ever, with three times the number of participants compared with the Office 2007 beta program. As a result, 8.6 million people are already using Office 2010 and related products. In addition, more than 1,000 partners are already building solutions for the 2010 set of products.

“Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 define the future of productivity,” said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. “With the 2010 set of products, organizations will save, innovate and grow as their people benefit from working across the PC, phone and browser.”

Key Points Microsoft Wants You to Know

  • Connect and collaborate with co-authoring in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft OneNote; advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Microsoft Outlook; and the addition of the new Microsoft Outlook Social Connector, which brings communication history and social network feeds directly into Outlook.
  • Work virtually anywhere with Microsoft Office Web Apps, the online companions to Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and OneNote. Along with easy access to documents from virtually anywhere, Web Apps help preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device, so content and format are generally preserved while moving between the PC, phone and browser. Effective today, Office Mobile 2010 will be available for free via Windows Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones with a previous version of Office Mobile. People using Office Mobile 2010 can perform lightweight editing of Office documents and take notes on the go. With Office Mobile, people can work with Office documents stored on their phone, attached to an e-mail, and can browse, edit, and update documents stored on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 site. SharePoint intranet sites and communities also help people collaborate, regardless of location.
  • Help bring ideas to life with video, text and image editing, new broadcast capabilities in PowerPoint, auto-previewing in Word, easy document preparation through the new Microsoft Office Backstage view, and new Sparklines in Excel for precise trend and data visualization.
  • Quickly access data to make real-time decisions using the business intelligence capabilities in familiar Office applications that transform everyday work data into valuable information.

Here Are a Few Thing We Love About Office 2010 at Test ToT

  • Built-In Screen – Word & Powerpoint both have the -˜Screenshot’ feature under -˜Insert’ & the useful part is that it caches screen shots of the currently open windows for one-click insert. You can also grab just a section of a window. Whe you need to put together presentation or a training doc this is a life saver.
  • Photo Editing Tools – They have gotten more sophisticated in Office 2010. Now you can apply artistic effects, similar to those available in third party photo editing programs. The Background Removal Tool just rocks and is so much simpler to use than doing the same task in Photoshop.
  • Open in Protected View – If you see a red box across the top of the document, this means you notifies you are in Protected View. This happens if the doc file came from an Internet location. This gives you the opportunity to determine whether it’s safe to open. If you click the Enable Editing button, the document downloads, the Ribbon appears, and you can make changes to the document as usual.
  • Print Control Panel Under the Office Button – Say bye bye to the ‘print wizard’. Print under the Office 2010 button opens a world of printing options – you can select all your print options from here now


Available today in 14 languages, over the course of the next few months, Office 2010 and related products will eventually be available in 94 languages.

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