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When we released Office 2010 to the world one year ago, our critics weren't easy on us. They said we were heading in the wrong direction by continuing to invest in our desktop applications in addition to the cloud. Even more recently, there've been more predictions of the PC's demise. But the reality is, based on the market results we see in our sales and adoption data, people continue to love Office on the desktop and they're embracing Office in the cloud.
In fact, business customers are deploying Office 2010 five times faster than they deployed Office 2007. Office 2010 is also the fastest-selling version of Office ever. And nearly 50 million people worldwide use Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share their documents from anywhere with a browser and an Internet connection.
A year ago, I talked about the new experiences Office 2010 makes possible: multi-media features for creating awesome-looking documents, social media integration with Outlook Social Connector, more tools for managing e-mail overload, and online capabilities with the Office Web Apps. In honor of our one-year anniversary, we've created a series of blog posts with tips and tricks to help you make the most of these features in Office 2010. Click the linked image below to see a slide show of those features.
Customers have given us very positive feedback about these and other features. In a recent survey of Office 2010 users, 9 out of 10 said it's the best version of Office they've used. And 96 percent would recommend it to others.
Among the many verbatim comments from the survey participants, this one stood out for me:
"When trying to create something new, your ideas don't always happen at work."
I can personally relate to that. We're constantly moving between work, home, and social activities, and our tools and documents need to follow us wherever we go. Ideas and to-do lists percolate in our heads at all hours. It's nice to know that Office 2010 is helping people be productive in ways that work for them.
Businesses of all sizes are also embracing Office 2010. You can learn more about how customers like Nixon Peabody, Catapult Systems, Non-Linear Creations, i3solutions, aNb Media, and Basic Black are using Office 2010 and related products to save money - from $13,000 to $100,000 per month - gain time and increase efficiency.
We'll continue to evolve Office to meet the changing needs of consumers and businesses. Our aim is to keep working hard to deliver the capabilities that people want, and make it easier and more fun to work and collaborate from any location, on any device.
As always, I'd love to hear about your experiences with Office. What's your favorite feature in Office 2010? How has it helped you be more efficient and productive?
--Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Office
Unfortunately you still have the ribbon. I used to have lists of the commands I used regularly, but now I have to dig in who knows how many layers to get the obscure command I use all the time. A "user" ribbon with auto or manually maintained "most used" commands would be great. I still keep 1 PC with an old version of Office that has this feature. I use it when I am truly in a hurry.
I love your new ideas. I'm also glad you know what is important and are keeping that. In every organization there are quiet "workhorses" who are easy to take for granted. Yet when they're gone, everything falls apart. Microsoft Office is essential to the everyday functioning of our business & home matters. It's great to think we could add some flair in various ways. But don't forget that you already "have" me and everyone I know. We use & rely on your products. So long as we can do so safely & securely (without fear of identity theft) we will continue to do so. My children's teachers can create a Word document and send it to me. The ladies group at my church can send me agendas. Thank you for this. Maybe other people take little things for granted but I do not.
Office 2010 is absolutely the best. Integrating media files format into power point presentation is realy a breeze. I furthermore, enjoy all that excel 2010 can offer- it is realy fun. Even Access 2010 is now even made easier to work on. Thank you Microsoft this is truly a great product. I just hope future products will not "move" to cloud.
I agree with cmac's comment about the ribbon. Many functions that could be accessed in Excel with one click on an icon at the top of the page must now be accessed with multiple clicks in the very "busy" ribbon that has made way too complicated. I still haven't figured out how to create line graphs that before I could create with a few clicks. Before I could enter the the file name of a document in a footer with one click, now I must type in manually. I'm thinking of re-loading my old Excel.
You can put the commands you use most on the Quick Access Toolbar, and minimize the Ribbon (up arrow by the ? on the upper right corner), then it's like the older versions. When you want something that is on the Ribbon, just click the down arrow by the ? on the upper right corner.
While it is true that to be able to hide the @#$%^&* ribbon with a single mouse click is an improvement with 2010 version, the same several layer deep ribbon remains. It simply is not efficient to have to memorize the complicated and non-intuitive ribbon and make 3 to 5 or 6 mouse clicks to perform the same operation that was possible in 1 or 2 clicks with pre-2007 versions. Dump the @#$%^&* Ribbon!
I agree about the ribbon - I am a Office power user and the ribbon really bit into my productivity -- still does - it's counterintuitive and practically non-customizable. The ability to drag-and-drop commands to the old toolbar was highly flexible and user friendly. Microsoft did their customers a huge injustice by not allowing a choice to use the "classic" toolbar view rather than the ribbon. They claimed they did a lot of customer surveying prior to development, but to turn up with all these icon buttons and no way to customize, they must have surveyed 10-year-olds beginning users....
If you knew where something was on the Toolbars and can't figure out where it is now on the ribbons this is a great resource. Office 2010 does take a lot of getting used to since things were moved around and not necessarily in the same way. I found I was able to customize the Quick Access Toolbar to give me the same features I used most frequently from the Toolbars. The only one I found that did not make the transition is the $ for accounting formatting is not available which means I have to go through multiple clicks to get the same results that the icon did for me in one step.
Personally I dislike making changes for the sake of change. I reluctantly leapfrogged from Office 2000 to 2010 to avoid the in-betweens versions. Why "Contol-F" was changed I don't know understand? I don't want to go tp the gobble-gook on the left-side of the screen to do a simple find. I now have to do a "Control-H", with care. to accomplish my "Control-F" find. Also the "More Commands" list for "Customizing the Quick Acess Tool Bar" is a real quagmire to search through all the different features and I care not to do that by trial and Error by their labeled names that don't make sense. I did spend 30-years in computer systems design so I think I know something about design. Len Rattini, CCP
Hopefully Microsoft will take heed of these comments. I've used Office since forever and my productivity took a real nosedive since the arrival of that awful ribbon. I used to use Word for pretty much everything, from dashing off a diagram to typing up a shopping list, but no more. Just way too many clicks, hunting through tabs and "Why the heck did they put that there?"
I want my nice businesslike Office back, so please dump the teenage test team, buy in some decaff and for gawd's sake listen to your customers!
Office 2010 is a great product that offers easier accessibility to features. You can right click any feature on the Ribbon and add it to the Quick Access Toolbar for quicker access. You can also remap the Ctrl F key to open Find/Replace as it did in version 2003.
The ribbon is indeed too busy. Please pay attention to your users. I was trying to find how to put a header on every page of a word doc and it took me almost 15 minutes just to dig down to where that info was located. You should allow your users to go to the old format if they prefer.
Change is never easy, but there are some tools to help you get the most out of the ribbon. Check out what Crabby Office Lady has to say about the ribbon -- blogs.office.com/.../ribbon-portal.aspx or tips and tricks on how to transition to the the ribbon here -- office.microsoft.com/.../office-ribbon-find-commands-FX101851541.aspx
Congratulations! Does the Office 2010 support the ODF format? Because then we can finally switch back to our good Microsoft Office in the work place! It is such a pain.
from Cmac - "Unfortunately you still have the ribbon. I used to have lists of the commands I used regularly, but now I have to dig in who knows how many layers to get the obscure command I use all the time. A user" ribbon with auto or manually maintained "most used" commands would be great. I still keep 1 PC with an old version of Office that has this feature. I use it when I am truly in a hurry"
Look, I love Billy G and all his Redmond kids too.
The thing is, I was not born deformed, did not become paralyzed, and find that stupid mousing around is an excuse to burn time, chase down empty rabbit holes, and just get nothing done. That being said, I do understand the need for innovation. - regardless of the other wonderful features - going backwards on productivity negates any other advances IMHO. I have a machine with cute-sie Win7, and THANK YOU Billy's kids for allowing me to un-cute-sie it by having a classic Winders scheme. If I wanted a cute-sie commie command and control apple computer, I would have purchased one thank you very much!!!
Moving on to Orrifice 10, I ask why. I am still using Office 2003 because it works and is made for productivity. Do you look at the keyboard when you are typing??? I did not think so. Then why do you think that foolishness is needed when operating basic spreadsheet and word processing? Do NOT tell me about how it all still works the way it did!!! Now they have hidden the keyboard shortcuts so they don't get learned, the user has no more additions to their common and known tactile interface. I would say thanks but don't feel up to telling a big stinky lie at this point.
This version of office is like wide screen monitors - great for looking at (as soft digital porn) yet absolutely foolish for productivity for the vast majority of users doing basic work. I am ashamed to say that I have TWO versions of office onboard my desktop machine:
OFFICE 2003/xp - for work
OFFICE 10 - for translating work created by folks with too much unproductive time on their hands
When the current version allows me to revert to a productive toolbar from this silly cute-sie dribble, I will only need one office package. Until then, I get to double spend on these apps. Maybe the thing to do since I am being forced to re-learn is to move everything to Google docs...............
What I love about Office 2010 is that I WILL NEVER USE IT. It will either get an update / re-release - to quit penalizing me for knowing office basic commands or I will end up migrating elsewhere. I do NOT buy software to get kicked in the nose like this. This is very insulting.