The new Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite, released in June, includes a broad selection of new and upgraded features. Primarily targeted at the business market, the updated version includes new ways to create, enhance, and co-author documents in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and OneNote, connect with contacts and keep track of events in Outlook, and deliver presentations using the Web. Improvements to the core environment, such as the new Backstage View and additional file format support, round out the suite’s new features.
The important additions for virtual hosting customers are the revised user interface and improvements to Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Professional Plus users will benefit from improved SharePoint integration and additional Office 2010 features.
Integration with social networks, including LinkedIn and SharePoint, are included in the new version of Outlook, with Facebook coming soon. The Outlook Social Connector imports social network data into your contact list, displaying the online activity of business associates and friends. If e-mail recipients or meeting attendees have recently blogged on a subject or posted a link that’s important to users on Facebook or SharePoint, users will be able to access that information right away. In addition, advanced e-mail management and calendar features make planning easier than ever.
Word offers an array of improved editing and picture tools, including picture correction, background removal, picture layout options, and artistic effects.
MS Office 2010 also supports concurrent editing by multiple users for.docx files located on SharePoint Server 2010 or a cobalt-enabled server. Collaboration features include automatic highlighting of new material, color-coded author bar with initials, version support, and near real-time synchronization speeds.
The online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote enable users to perform lightweight editing of Office documents when away from the desktop. Web apps preserve the look and feel of Office documents, but provide limited functionality. An appropriate device and supported browser are required. Some functions may require office professional plus 2010.
With a Virtual Terminal Server, Infinitely Virtual provides a choice of Microsoft Office 2010 Standard or Professional Plus. Both services offer Word, Excel, Publisher, OneNote, PowerPoint and Excel, and Outlook. Professional Plus users also get SharePoint Workspace, Communicator, Access, and InfoPath, in addition to full access to Download Office 2010 and policy capabilities, business and social networking, unified instant messaging, presence and voice, integrated enterprise content management, and managed e-mail folders.