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It’s one of the hardest things about working on great products. A team of talented, proud engineers must stay mum about what’s underway until very late in the development cycle. But then finally we get to show you that we are, indeed, listening.
No surprise that this aspect of our jobs should show up in the PowerPoint team’s blog. But this time I get to call back to a blog entry I made last year and update you on a few things. Over a year ago, in response to a common user question, I wrote a blog entry called It's a Multi-Screen World. Users commonly ask How do I show two presentations at once, like I can in Microsoft Word? The blog showed techniques for taking advantage of larger display areas to view two or more presentations at once.
At the same time as that post, we were working on freeing the PowerPoint document windows from their multiple-document interface, or MDI, containing window. To be honest, we’d already done it. And now PowerPoint 2010 users will find their document windows much easier, much more intuitive to use.
Single-Document Interface, or SDI, windows display a separate, individually controlled window for each presentation you have open. There are benefits here that might not be immediately obvious. SDI windows make it easier to copy content between presentations, and are simply easier to use when you’re referencing information in presentations for use in another document.
What may not be obvious here is how this change to PowerPoint windows will make some other new functionality sparkle even more, but we’ll cover that soon in another post.
Ric Bretschneider Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Office PowerPoint July 17, 2009
Finally. MDI was one of the worst ideas ever. I'm glad to see it go. Now, if only Excel would get rid of it as well...
What about multi-monitor scenarios?
I wish 2010 would bring back the Meeting Minder or Speaker Notes (or a similar feature) to add notes to slides and some tool to sync narration and video timings with the presentation. That would be very useful.
Yes, these are separately managed windows now and can appear on any monitor you choose. Thanks,
Hi Someone, Thanks for the suggestions. We'll be blogging about additional improvements in video timing and narrations in the future, and think you'll be pleased. Please watch for more from the team and keep sending in feedback! Thanks,
What, there is no speaker notes?!
Hmm, I must have misread the comment... :D it's there, thanx god...
This is great news. For years I used to open two copies of powerpoint (2002) so that I could have two independent instances running on each monitor, and now that I've been "upgraded" to powerpoint 2007 it refuses to do it. Such a backwards step. So sad I need to wait until powerpoint 2010 for this to be restored because being in a corporate environment that means at least until 2012 :(
Will Excel also be freed from the MDI?
Can't really speak for the Excel team but it doesn't look like is happening this release. -Ric
i want to download powerpoint 2010
Great work - finally! Let's hope that Excel and all the other Office Apps finally catch up to Powerpoint 2010 and true SDI.