Enterprise Applications: Labs Gallery: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview in Pictures

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-07-13
 
 
 

Labs Gallery: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview in Pictures

by Jason Brooks

Labs Gallery: Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview in Pictures

Backstage Pass

All of the Office 2010 components feature a new "Backstage" area, in which "meta document" options such as saving, opening, printing and exporting are gathered.

Backstage Pass

Outlook Backstage

In Outlook, the Backstage area contains account and folder settings, alongside import and export options.

Outlook Backstage

Copy & Paste

OneNote has a feature for recognizing and copying text out of pasted pictures.

Copy & Paste

Copy & Paste, Continued

OCR isn't easy, and OneNote made its share of mistakes. Maybe the PowerShell Blue background threw it off.

Copy & Paste, Continued

Data Visualization in Excel

The Conditional Formatting capabilities of Excel 2010 are much improved, with great-looking and easy-to-apply visualization tweaks like these in-cell data bars.

Data Visualization in Excel

ODF Support in Office

The OpenDocument Format support that Microsoft added to Office 2007 in SP2 carries over to Office 2010. I could save files in ODF format, and open ODF documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

ODF Support in Office

No Bars for ODF

Not surprisingly, my handsome data bars disappeared when I saved my spreadsheet to ODF format.

No Bars for ODF

Sparklines

Another bit of data visualization fun comes in the form of Sparklines in Excel. I could spawn quick, in-cell charts with highlighting for high and low points on the curve.

Sparklines

Second Guess Your Paste

When I pasted a section of text from PowerShell into Excel 2010, I didn't mean for my data to get stuffed into a single column. I was happy, then, to find a Smart Tag that offered to rerun the operation through Excel's text import wizard.

Second Guess Your Paste

More Paste Smart Tags

After I dragged a cell down the sheet for an autofill operation, a similar Smart Tag appeared to offer more options.

More Paste Smart Tags

No Bars for XLS, Either

Just like ODF, the classic XLS format lacked support for Sparklines and other in-cell chart goodies. However, unlike saving in ODF, which spawned a generic warning message, Excel 2010 told me explicitly what wouldn't work when I tried to save in XLS format.

No Bars for XLS, Either

Office 2010 Everywhere

Support across Web, Desktop and Mobile platforms is a major Office 2010 theme.

Office 2010 Everywhere

OneNote Scrapbooking

I could also add text and images to my notebooks from the Web, through integration with IE 8.

OneNote Scrapbooking

OneNote References

In OneNote, I could paste chunks of text from other documents on my system and retain a link back to the source document for future reference.

OneNote References

Paste Preview in Word

Here are three paste preview options for a chunk of text and images that I clipped from the Office 2010 Reviewer's Guide: Keep Source Formatting, Merge Formatting and Keep Text Only.

Paste Preview in Word

Text-Only Paste

Several of the Office 2010 applications include Paste Preview options, which allowed me to sample different formatting types before pasting chunks of text and images into a document or presentation.

Text-Only Paste

Picture Paste

I could strip the formatting from a block of text or paste it as an image. Here I'm pasting into a OneNote notebook.

Picture Paste

Inserting Screenshots

PowerPoint and Word both have a Ribbon option for inserting screenshots of active windows into documents or presentations. I could also grab new screen clippings to insert.

Inserting Screenshots

Smart Art

PowerPoint 2010 has also picked a new, slick-looking Smart Art elements, along with some fancy new slide transition effects.

Smart Art

Video Trimming

In its 2010 release, PowerPoint gains the ability to trim embedded video clips right within the application.

Video Trimming

Video Insert Snafu

PowerPoint 2010 includes a feature for embedding Web-hosted videos, but I had trouble getting this feature to work.

Video Insert Snafu

Backstage Compression

In PowerPoint, I visited the Backstage area of a presentation with embedded video to shrink the size of the video.

Backstage Compression

Save Presentation as Video

PowerPoint now offers the option of saving presentations as WMV video files.

Save Presentation as Video

Thread Management

Outlook 2010 picks up new e-mail thread management capabilities, such as conversation grouping.

Thread Management

Dedupe Your Threads

Outlook 2010 sports a "clean up conversation" feature that removes the redundant text that builds up in e-mail threads through repeated replies.

Dedupe Your Threads

Office 2010 Hits the Web

Perhaps the most compelling feature of Office 2010—the new Web-based versions of the suite's components—was one that wasn't yet available for testing. Microsoft demonstrated Web versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook for me, and they certainly seemed impressive.

Office 2010 Hits the Web

Office Embraces Firefox

What really impresses me about Office on the Web is Microsoft's decision to support the Firefox and Safari browsers as first-class consumers of the applications. Goodbye, ActiveX. Hello, AJAX.

Office Embraces Firefox

Background Removal

Word 2010 sports new picture manipulation abilities, such as the nifty Background Removal tool. I selected the foreground area, clicked to add or remove spots from the background selection, and ...

Background Removal

Drop Shadow Support

The Background Removal tool swapped out my picture's background for a transparent one. In this picture, the head could use some more work, so here's hoping that the drop shadow that Word helped me add will draw your eye from the imperfection.

Drop Shadow Support

Navigation Experiences

Word sports a cool new sidebar search tool in Version 2010, which I used to tally up and locate all 27 instances of the word "experience" in the Office reviewer's guide.

Navigation Experiences

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