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When we launched Office 2010 last week, we knew that the biggest story we wanted to tell was not our story -- it was yours. The stories of people who use Office every day, to accomplish great things in ways we haven't even imagined. Office is very much about staying true to our aspiration to serve as an essential tool in your professional and personal lives.
Office 2010 is our latest milestone in this journey, and it certainly isn't just for "people who work in cubicles." The fact that Office is on over a billion PCs (as reported by ComScore) clearly demonstrates that Office cuts across your work and personal lives. To find out more about how people are using Office 2010, we set out to capture your Real Life Stories last July. We asked you to share your stories with us and you responded with over 12,000 submissions. The fantastic response was a humbling reminder to us of how integral Office is in so many people's lives. And we were thrilled to learn more about the passion people have for Office.
From the couple using OneNote to convince her partner to take a vacation to Turkey, to the student in France editing video in PowerPoint for history class, to the entrepreneur who counts on Outlook to manage multiple email accounts, Office 2010 is helping people create, connect and share in new ways.
I recently spent some time with Roxanne Rukowicz, a small business owner who told me, "When I create presentations for my clients, they think I'm some wizard or something, but it's really all about the great things you can do with PowerPoint 2010." Hearing from enthusiastic people like Roxanne, wine shop owner Mike Nonemen, and anti-obesity crusader Melissa Hanson, helped validate the focus we have had on delivering things that help in real ways and gave us even more new ideas.
All this comes to life in the series of stories that we call "Make It Great." The idea behind Make It Great is to let real people do the talking, because nothing we can say can match the power and inspiration of people telling their "unplugged" stories about how they use Office to "make it great." The videos are matched with simple product demos that show some of the new features our storytellers found most useful in getting their stuff done.
In the end, Office 2010 is designed to be a tool that helps you stay on top of both your work and personal lives. From integrating the Office Web Apps on Windows Live with SkyDrive and Hotmail to enabling you to work from anywhere, to bringing social networking to your inbox with the Outlook Social Connector, we want to make it super easy for you to Make Your Stuff Great.
Check out how people from all walks of life are using Office 2010. I hope that you'll try Office 2010 and share your story with us.
-- Takeshi Numoto
Corporate Vice President, Office
Why, why, why, did the developers of Powerpoint decide to remove some of the animations? Finally new ones were added but why did that warrant the removal of others? Some of the effects I used to use are now lost and I just don't understand why all of the old couldn't be kept with the new! Not only does this apply to animations, but other features. Why were their removal necessary?