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Did you know that over 5.5 million users have downloaded our Office 2010 Beta? This makes Office 2010 Beta the largest beta program we have had in the history of Office. We asked this broad set of beta users for feedback, and the response has been terrific. The level of positive feedback we have received makes us feel both proud (of representing this business) and humble (about working on a product that is important to so many people). We are also very excited about the many great stories our customers are telling about using this new product. Here are some interesting facts that I want to share from my read of the feedback we received.
For more than 20 years, we've worked on Office with a clear aspiration: to give our users the best productivity experience. Nine out of 10 of our beta users found Office 2010 to be an improvement over their current productivity suite, and this fact becomes even more exciting considering the fact that 70% of beta users are actually users of Office 2007, our current release. Here are some additional data points from our 2010 beta users:
As you read some of this, you might be wondering what Office 2010 looks like. You might be curious to see what Backstage would allow you to do. Or you might be asking what Sparklines would look like for that data set you are working on. So, go ahead and try the Office 2010 Beta!! Then tell us what you think. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
-- Takeshi Numoto
Corporate Vice President, Office Product Management Group
"Sparklines is a NEW, graphical representation of data that fits in a cell"... LOL
not so new, check out here : sparklines-excel.blogspot.com and here : www.bonavistasystems.com/Blog.html
Those have been around for some years now and providing more features than Office 2010 offers in the Beta version...
Backstage is a fancy name for a File menu, but happy you got rid of the "pearl" button from Office 2007. I did some usability tests on it with approx 40 users across UK, US and Sweden. One of the use cases was to Save document as another file name. It took users minimum 2 mins and up to 5 mins to accomplish the task because they couldn't find the Save As feature. Nobody understood the pearl button was actually a menu. They thought it was merely an ornament.
I liked the screen-clipping feature that has been added. It saved so much of my time during project works.
In Powerpoint 2010, most of the animations don't work right in the slide show. Just saying, try to get that fixed before the full release! The new animations are so cool!
If you need this informaiton in FRENCH, go to the official French blog: blogs.technet.com/.../r-sultats-d-une-enqu-te-sur-les-premiers-usages-d-office-2010.aspx
Thank you for trying out the PowerPoint 2010 Beta. I am sorry to hear that you are having trouble with animations.
We are very interested in hearing more about the problems you are having. You reach out to us directly at:
The new Excel is a true pleasure,
and I particularily appreciate the possibility of personalisation of the ribbon,
and the new appearance of the file menu.
I was less lucky with World : for scientific edition purpose, I use massively "Insert a character", and that quite systematicaly provocates a faillure. I had to turn back to 2007.
MathType is not supported perfectly in Powerepoint either.
I hope these unconviniencies will be solved in the actual version, because of the many other improvements of 2010 versus 2007.
Backstage finally works like the old File menu. Thank goodness. Powerpoint definately is in beta mode. Lots of things aren't working right.
Hi B Schorer,
Sorry to hear that many things aren't working for you on the PowerPoint beta. I'd love to find out more about what you're experiencing and make sure that we've addressed your issues for our release.
If you could send me an email at AllHuan AT microsoft DOT com detailing some of what you're seeing, we'd greatly appreciate it.
Since multiple exchange mailboxes is one of the most serious lacking capabilities of the current outlook programs (and the number one reason I get "MAC is better then Windows" thrown into my face during every conversation I am shocked its not one of the most requested features. Guessing not alot of heavy business users have tried it because I know out of 100 clients of mine, managing multiple mailboxes impacts 40% of them at least.
I need to new exelent programs and this maybe the solution
I won't switch to Outlook 2010 until it has a feature similar to Windows Live Mail's "Quick views." I use multiple email accounts, but I want to be able to see a combined inbox. If that "Quick views" feature is in Outlook 2010, then I sure can't figure out where it is or how to make it appear. I would sure LIKE to switch to Outlook 2010, though. As for Word 2010, I haven't decided yet, because while using spell-check, it won't allow me to "Ignore all" instances of a phrase such as Mr._Famersio, where the underscore here represents a hard space between the Mr. and the Smith in order to keep them on the same line. Note, this behavior does not occur when the surname is already recognized from the dictionary, such as in "Mr._Smith." Our very long documents use "Mr._X" and "Ms._Y" literally hundreds of times, so spell-checking is a real pain when the spell-checker stops on every instance. Also in Word 2010, the insertion point (not the mouse cursor) "disappears," I guess you could call it, when using the CTRL plus arrow keys to move around within the document. So you have to guess (or count) how many times you need to press Ctrl + (back arrow) to get backward, forward, down or up, by word. Weird. These two behaviors are a deal-breaker for me, a transcriptionist. I'll have to watch and read blogs and bug reports (like I do) to see if behavior is smoothed out in the RTM, because I'd hate to pay for the suite and not be able to use it. But thanks for the many other good features, including the Backstage feature and new GUI, and many others.
Thank you all for your comments and insights. I appreciate you pointing out some of the other features that you like in Office 2010, and your feedback on what’s working/not working. It’s important to remember that this is a beta and some of the issues mentioned will be addressed at RTM/GA. We look to you to help us uncover some of the challenges you encounter with beta, so if you have any questions/comments, please submit them to: social.technet.microsoft.com/.../office2010. – Takeshi
Am I missing something about customizing the ribbon? Do you really have to arrange things with the clunky list then moving things up and down the list. In my trusty old Office97 I can drag and drop. What happened to drag and drop rearanging of the ribbon?
Office 2010 Beta does not open files downloaded from the web. It also doesn't Repair these files when attempting to Open using alternative options. This needs to be fixed.