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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
Is there no way to back-port this as a patch for earlier PowerPoint versions like 2007? I hate to be one of "those people" but it's infuriating to purchase an upgrade and lose functionality, then -- worse -- be told the only fix to this regression is to spend a lot of money an another upgrade that won't be available for months or years. It's frustrating enough to drive me away from the Office suite, and the alternatives in the market today make that decision easier than ever.
@sevenflavor You cant have more than one powerpoint open at one time :)
@Clp 2000 With PowerPoint 2010 you can open as many PowerPoint presentations as you like simultaneously, each in a separate window. You can also open as many presentations as you like in PowerPoint 2007, and place them together by stretching the main window and placing them side-by-side. In PowerPoint 2003 you can open as many presentations as you want at the same time, but you can only view one at a time. -Chris
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