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We've been patiently waiting to talk with you about what we've been working on for the last two years, and the wait is over. Today we'll introduce Word 2010 at a very high-level, and then dig deeper and deeper into specific topics and features in the coming months.
Of course, please let us know what you want to hear about.
The way we work with documents has changed dramatically. In the past, individuals worked on relatively simple, local documents, from their office. Today, it is common for groups to work on rich, shared documents, from anywhere.
Given this shift, we've focused Word 2010 on dramatically improving document collaboration, graphics, and navigation…and then taking the richness and familiarity of Word, and putting it into the browser and onto the mobile phone.
With Word 2010, you can co-author right within Word. You don't need to hassle with email attachments, or documents with names like TSP_final_2_reallyFinal_FINAL.docx. Instead, just open your document, and start co-authoring. You can see who else is working with you, and where they are editing.
Note how "pear" and "shooze" are squiggled. That's because they are just really rich text in the document, not a picture, WordArt, or any other object.
The other big piece of Word 2010 is giving you the power and familiarity of Word everywhere you need it. In short, you will be able to view, navigate, and edit your Word documents from the browser and from your mobile phone without compromising your document's richness.
I know that was really high-level, but hopefully you have a sense for how Word 2010 will dramatically improve how and where you work on documents.
We'd love to hear your initial thoughts, and what you'd like to hear more about.
- Jonathan Bailor
PS Here's some fun Word 2010 videos of note:
Can you tell me if the collaboration feature is limited to those using SharePoint? IOW, for those of us lowly Word users who don't have SharePoint running in our living rooms, will we still be able to take advantage of the improved collaboration features? Thanks!
New features are great and I like to see the File in use dialog gone, so I hope you'll be clearly notified you are coediting. But what is more important than new features - how many of the bugs still present in Office 2007 will be fixed at least in Office 2010,
better already in Office 2007? Because there are way too many. Office 2007 SP2 included almost no fixes for Word 2007 compared to Excel or Outlook, though IMHO it's still very buggy and MS knows those bugs. Please slow down introducing new features and put more resources into fixing up things or Word will become feature-overloaded but buggy as hell.
Simultaneous co-editing would been so useful if you allow consumers to sign in with a Windows Live ID like Windows Live Messenger instead of SharePoint which makes the feature useful only to enterprise users. Similarly in case of automatic offline editing and sync'ing of shared documents, does this feature work for consumers with Office Web Apps/Office Live? That makes it 2 less for consumers. Can you elaborate on how these two work? Is SharePoint required?
The biggest problem I face when I'm contributing to a document from multiple collaborators is dealing with the issue of text flow. Although avoiding "typewriter formatting" and using predefined styles are the answers to many or most of the text flow problems, almost nobody that I work with has a clue about any of these things or is willing to learn. When Word's UI openly invites users to screw up text flow by, for example, encouraging inserting a hard page break rather than setting a "Page Break Before" paragraph property, it's hardly surprising that most multi-author documents require more time for editing than they do for content. And some features are simply still not available in Word, despite having been requested for years - such as the ability to set space before and after tables, or the ability to anchor a table to the top or bottom of a page. Another feature I see seriously lacking is the ability to "lock" the pagination of a document, regardless of printer or paper size (A4 vs US Letter), and without exporting to PDF/XPS. I've wasted who knows how much time in teleconferences because the printed version of the document is paginated differently for each of the attendees, and noone can find the particular section under discussion. Like a previous commentor, it looks to me like Word 2010 will be like 2007: adding a lot of features of which some are beneficial and some are of dubious benefit, but still failing to address problems in the software that have existed since at least the 97 version. Oh, and why you're at it, make the ribbon customizable and dockable to the side of the screen. Then I might actually want to use it.
How would this multi-collaboration work with a HR document, that say and emoployee and his line manager are both reviewing at the same time, then conduction an annual HR appraisal? My difficulty is that we embed these word documents into our HR software database directly. Sounds like a lot of work to get this working correctly.
I have to read a lot of official MS documents, like the Product List and the Product Use Rights document, and they use completely random and illogical styles. It's impossible to navigate them in outline mode, because stuff that should be heading 1 is Normal made to look like heading 1, for example. It has to be a huge amount of work to manually format everything to maintain the proper bullets, numbering, bolding, fonts, etc. in these docs without styles. You'd think that on 100-page docs that get updated every quarter (the PUR) or every month (the product list), MS would use styles.
I use comments all the time, doing a lot of editing. Word 2000 handled both comments and revision tracking perfectly. Word 2002 (XP) broke it very badly. I couldn't see tracked deletions and additions as before (the balloons are of little use to me and actually make it harder to read a doc with comments from several authors). The delete key and the backspace key never worked properly (oddly, the backspace key could delete back, but not selected text. The delete key could delete selected text, but not the next character. This was logged in a kb article in 2001, and has not been fixed in any successive version of Word. For me, it's a showstopper. I still use Word 2000; I've given up on successive versions of Word for editing and commenting. I'm hoping that OpenOffice will reach reasonable parity with Word 2K by this fall (macro key assignments are my main blocker there, right now); I already use OO Impress as my PowerPoint editor, since it actually obeys its templates, something that MS PPT refuses to do way too often.
So has WordArt improved at all? Or does it still look like it's been stuck in the 90's? :^) I really don't recall many if any problems with Word 2007. It's nice to see the Office team has added some more features. I don't know about the other commentors, but I hope their beef with Word is considered. I think it would be really neat if Word could support tabbed documents, where a user could view/work on a document in one tab, and click another tab to view/work on a different document. Enhance it, by allowing thumbnail hovers over the the tabs, a feature like QuickTabs from IE8, etc. It would also be great to have some more Word themes, beyond Blue, Silver, and Black. Keep up the good work.
Hi Beth, sevenflavor, mb2gman - Great questions about how/where co-authoring will be supported. In short, we’re working hard to enable as many Word 2010 users as possible to easily leverage co-authoring, and will have more specifics posted as soon as we can. - Jonathan Bailor (MS)
Hi quikboy1001 – RE: WordArt - The “graphical goodness” that I mentioned in the post is like WordArt x10. We’ll blog about this in much more detail in the future, but for now know that you’ll be able to apply rich effects such as shadows, reflections, glows, bevels, outlines, etc directly to text in Word 2010. This means you’ll have more richness than WordArt, plus be able to manipulate the rich text just like any other text in your document. - Jonathan Bailor (MS)
Any further development of the (somewhat rudimentary) citation/bibliography capabilities of Word 2007?
Heartily agree with Greg and nobody. Notice that you haven't commented on that Bullets and numbering's been possessed since 1994 and it ain't fixed yet. Word still does that thing with text copied from another document where it ends up with a style/format that was present in neither document, just like it did in 1994. Sorted any of that?
philcrisp, Greg and "nobody": First, I hope you can spend some time w/the blog posts team members have written in an attempt to demystify bullets and numbering: blogs.msdn.com/.../default.aspx Second, an important part of every product cycle is fixing existing bugs and fractured-scenarios in the product. We take this super seriously. We look forward to your feedback (in this regard) once you've had a chance to get hands-on w/Word 2010! FWIW, We'll have a blog post up in the next few days talking about how we framed the release in a bit more detail. Scott Stiles, Group Program Manager, Word.
Does Word and Powerpoint 2010 crash using HP C7280 like in 2007 before the HP driver fix?
@Brian: I got my hands on a computer with the preview installed (I don't have it myself) and from the little time I had to play with it, it seems there are no changes at all when it comes to the citations and bibliography tools. @Microsoft: Word 2008 for Mac has (limited) support for footnote citations. Why isn't the same (or better) functionality available in Word 2010 TP? Word 2007 and 2008 both have a bug when it comes to the storage of author names in sources entries. Is there any reason why this simple XSLT bug was not fixed in Word 2010 TP? (bibword.codeplex.com/.../ProjectReleases.aspx) Maybe a bit harsh, but is there actually any group/person inside the Word team who looked at the citation and bibliography features at all?