As previously posted Microsoft’s flagship email server product, Exchange 2010, is RTM (released to manufacturing/publicly available). Hence its partner product – the client email application – Outlook 2010 has been eagerly awaited. The Office 2010 beta had been publicly available for some time (here) but now, Office 2010 is RTM so any time soon will be available for us all to start taking advantage of the new features.
From the perspective of what’s new in Office 2010, some of the new features we can look forward to are:
- New and improved picture formatting tools and new prebuilt Office themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts.
- Co-authoring experience for Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel Web App and OneNote shared notebooks enable working on a file with several people at once from different locations.
- Track and highlight important trends with new data analysis and visualization features in Excel 2010.
- Insert and customize videos directly in PowerPoint 2010.
- Outlook 2010 long e-mail threads are compressed into a few conversations that can be categorized, filed, ignored, or cleaned up. Quick Steps feature lets you perform multi-command tasks, such as reply and delete an e-mail in a single click, saving you time and inbox space.
- New features in OneNote such as version tracking, automatic highlighting, and Linked Notes.
- Broadcast PowerPoint presentations to a remote audience over the Internet whether or not they have PowerPoint installed.
- Microsoft Office Backstage™ view replaces the traditional File menu to give you a centralized space for all of your file management tasks, such as the ability to save, share, print, and publish.
Rumoured release dates for the RTM products are:
- 22nd April: available via MSDN download
- 27th April: available to all Volume Licensed Customers who have Software Assurance
- 1st May: volume license customers without software assurance
- June 2010: General availability. Available to purchase from retail outlets.
If you’re keen on getting your hands on it sooner, go get the beta download and try it out.
However, if you can wait until the reported release this Thursday in the mean time there is a free ebook “First Look Microsoft Office 2010” on offer by Microsoft which will certainly be worth a read. Get it here.