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Yesterday Microsoft announced that the Office team has reached the technical preview engineering milestone for Microsoft Office 2010. We now kick-off the Technical Preview program mentioned in our June 25th posting. The big effect that this will have on the PowerPoint Team Blog is that the team can start talking publically about what we’ve been working on over the past two-plus years. As you can imagine, it is a very exciting time!
Over the next few months, the blog will showcase some of the marquee improvements we’ve made to PowerPoint 2010. The team is planning to do twice-weekly blog posts. Many of the first posts will be high-level introductions to new features like first-class video support, new distribution formats for presentations, collaborative authoring, the web-based version of PowerPoint and even broadcasting PowerPoint presentations to remote participants. Then we’ll make deep-dives into the user interfaces, programmability support and even the technical underpinnings of many of those features. Our hope is to share with you as much information about PowerPoint 2010 as possible.
To kick off these new PowerPoint 2010-focused posts, I’d like to give you a sneak peek at some of our new slide transitions. Transitions, the most basic animation type, have long been a staple of presentations. In PowerPoint 2010, based on feedback from presenters and audience members, we have made a substantial investment to our slide transition capabilities. In addition to providing a whole new set of slide transitions – with more coming after the Technical Preview – we have made existing slide transitions render faster and look more realistic. Here’s a quick look at some of the slide transitions you’ll see in PowerPoint 2010:
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll dive into the details of the newly improved Transitions tab user interface, a new class of transitions called content transitions, and even details about how the new transitions work in older versions of PowerPoint, and in the new ( yes, I said new! ) PowerPoint Viewer.
The PowerPoint team hopes that you will find these posts helpful in learning what is in store for PowerPoint 2010, and we hope that you’re as excited about this version as we are. We encourage everyone to check back often, or subscribe, to find out the latest about PowerPoint. Please give us your feedback by commenting right here in the blog!
Group Program Manager, Microsoft Office PowerPoint
July 14, 2009
Great Thanks! You don't know how relieved that makes me feel. I tried the current viewer that is available online now and it didn't help either. I will anxiously wait for the new viewer release before I start trying the video features again. This could be really beneficial for our business (if it indeed works) as we just now finally upgraded to 07 and if I'm going to be on 2010, I need to be able to know that my peers can view the videos too. Hopefully this won't be too long of a wait.
Any idea what the eta is for the viewer? I just developed a whole presentation on 2010 (it rocks!!!), but I lost all the cool stuff on 2007's viewer. Not looking forward to going back to 2007 and fixing it all up..
Thanks for the kudos on 2010, we're really excited to be getting it out there for our customers! The 2010 Viewer should be available in the same time frame as the 2010 Office release, look for a future post with the link to the Viewer.
I think PowerPoint 2010 would be great for school projects.
I have Windows 7 and Office 2010. When trying to open attached PPS files sent from friends (created on their computers in the 2003 version) I get the message "the file is corrupted". Same message appears when I try to save them first. Can you help? Thanks.
Hi Yael, We're happy to take a look at the file to identify the problem. Could you send the attachment via email to chmalon AT microsoft DOT com? Thanks, -Chris
OK... it's 6 hours before our Good Friday service and PP is not stable at all. When I tried to insert a video, it froze for 4 1/2 minutes, then finally worked. right now, I'm trying to save it and it varies between not saving after 5 minutes and not responding when I try to save it to my pen drive.
any ideas? I had problems last Sunday when I inserted a video behind some text and it would not start automatically and sometimes would pop up infront of the text instead of behind it.
Finally saved, but this has me worried...
I sent you an email with a few questions about what you're experiencing. I'd like to help any way I can. Thanks,
I have Windows 7 and Office 2010. Some presentations sent to me via mail (created in the 2003 version)would not open and marked as corrupted. I checked the ones that do open and they are all unprotected. I then contacted the owners of the "corrupted" attachments and they verified that these files have been protected by password to "read only". I posted this comment on March 26 and also forwarded one of the "corrupted" files at your request, but haven't got an answer yet. Can you help? Thanks.
Looks nice so far, however do the dynamic transitions available in the beta version work with earlier versions? I want to convince my company to splash the cash on the upgrade, but to do so I will need to show them the benefits. All of our presentations are dated, but the slick presentation would separate us from our competitors. If I could create a presentation in beta at home, then get it to work on older versions to showcase it, that would be great!
Hey JamesC, When you apply one of the new transitions and then open the presentation in PowerPoint 2007, the transition will map to a fade. On a side note, if you re-open the presentation in PowerPoint 2010, the new transition will be preserved (i.e. round-tripping the presentation won't overwrite the transition you choose, unless you save to the old .ppt format). If you are looking to showcase the new transitions at work, consider exporting your presentation to video:
I am a writer working on training tools for the new PowerPoint 2010 and I'm having a problem with the viewer. When I save a presentation as a show or package it as a CD, PowerPoint viewer is not attaching so it can't be viewed on a computer without 2010. Is this still being worked on? Should it be working now? Any ideas? Thansk
I hope this 2010 version will run as smooth as 2003 does! Let's forget 2007 en plet's play 2010!
More and more like keynote wich is awesome!
I downloaded the 2010 viewer. Good job! It played my 2007 presentations with all the bells and whistles. My question: Why isn't it portable? Why can't I install it on a thumb drive along with a 2007 presentation? Will you be releasing a version that is portable and compatible with PowerPoint 2007?