Feb 6, - Microsoft Office Home & Student and Home & Business edition in-depth review. May 5, - Like Windows 7, Microsoft Office has been available in beta so long and so publicly (and has run so reliably) that the actual launch might. Jul 3, - Microsoft has upped the ante with Office , and there's no doubt it's the best office suite on the market today. New features like a customizable ribbon, better image manipulation, video editing, and the ability to give presentations online make this the best Office yet.
Right-click on a document and choose paste and you can then switch between different paste options — letting you instantly choose to keep the original formatting, blend formatting between the documents or paste text-only — as you mouse across these the document gives you an instant live preview of the results. Share and share alike The other key cross-application feature is better sharing of documents using co-authoring and the web apps. In the same way as you can have multiple people working on a document in Google Docs, co-authoring lets multiple people share work on office documents.
Strictly speaking, you don't need Office for this, but the new applications have options built into them to upload files to the necessary online shared space.
Using Sky Drive we weren't overly impressed. For starters, saving files online proved to be very slow from our work computer, and the sharing options aren't that easy to use: In addition, there are a lot of irritating features.
Uploading a file in Excel format. We then had a problem that uploading a file in the correct format told us that the file was 'locked for editing by another user'. To view the file online we had to close down our local copy of Excel. Office Live Workspaces should bring more flexibility to sharing documents, as it operates more like Google Docs.
However, the current beta version doesn't support web apps. As it stands sharing files and editing online is far from ideal and Google Docs is currently the better application.
Yes, although it's been updated from its Office debut. First, the Ribbon will now stretch across the entire Office suite of programs. The placement of commands has been tweaked to make common tasks easier to find, and -- unlike in Office -- you'll be able to customize the Ribbon to your own personal preferences by adding, deleting, and relocating menu options. What's new in the Office PC version of Word?
Some of the additions in Microsoft Word include a new Paste Preview option that allows you to preview the formatting of content before inserting it into your document; improved options for customizing text with effects and various styles; and the ability to insert screenshots into a document without exiting the Word program.
You can also more easily edit images with an improved photo editing tool. What's new in Outlook in Office ? The updated Microsoft Outlook includes a Gmail-esque "Conversation View" that lets you group connected e-mails into single conservation entries; the ability to create macro-style shortcuts to simplify common tasks; direct access to your contacts list from your inbox; and the addition of on-demand translation tools.
How about Excel? Microsoft Excel adds something called "Sparklines," described as "tiny charts that fit within a cell and give a visual trend summary alongside text data. Any standout additions in PowerPoint? The most noteworthy additions to PowerPoint are related to video: You can now import videos from different formats and make edits right within Office -- and, for the first time, you can export your entire slideshow as a Windows Media file.
PowerPoint also features an improved selection of slide transitions, including some three-dimensional options. Where can I find a detailed breakdown of all the programs' new features?
Please log in to bookmark this story. With the release of a shiny new version, Office , the pasture becomes even greener. Office extends changes found in Office , adds a few more goodies, and rejigs the suite's product mix. The Web Apps don't provide the full functionality of the desktop versions, but they should be handy complements.
All components of Web Apps aren't yet available, however, watch for them to arrive as the year progresses. Now it is finally being given the exposure it deserves as a full member of the Office suite - and no, you don't need a Tablet PC to get good use out of it.
Story continues below advertisement Outlook, the e-mail, calendar and contact management application that is a member of all versions except the aforementioned core suite, has had a major facelift, and the other apps are enhanced to varying extents as well.
The suite has had some unifying overall modifications that Office users in particular will appreciate. The Microsoft Office Fluent user interface , better known as the Ribbon, is now woven into every application.
For Office users, it's brand new, and getting used to it may be a struggle at first, but the rationale behind it makes a lot of sense: Now, with literally hundreds of options in every program, it takes too many clicks to perform all but the simplest tasks, and many users don't use some features because they have no idea they're even present in the product.
Read the rest of the Office Review package Part 2: OneNote below the radar no longer Part 3: Word matures nicely Part 4: Outlook gets a facelift Part 5: Rest of Office apps complete the suite The Ribbon was created to make it easier to find those elusive features. In its original incarnation, it was static, but it has been tweaked in Office to allow users to customize it. They can now rearrange tabs and add or remove selections to suit the way they work.
And for those who'd like some help fathoming the new UI or who are just after a little productive entertainment , Microsoft Office Labs has developed Ribbon Hero , a game to help boost Office skills and knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Another bit of confusion in Office that's been eliminated is the Office orb, that circular logo that sits where the old File menu used to be and performs much the same function -- if people could figure out that it was, indeed, a button and not just a pretty graphic.
Office has a more mundane but more comprehensible substitute: Backstage View pulls together options from the old File menu as well as things like the ever-popular and now non-existent Options menu; its contents differ depending on what makes sense in each application. And, as an added bonus, developers can create add-ins for Backstage, allowing things like custom downloads directly into an application. Copy and paste has also seen some work.
Microsoft has discovered through its instrumentation that Undo follows Paste in many cases because the result is not what the user expected, so it now offers Paste Preview. It lets you choose whether to keep source formatting, merge source formatting with the destination, or paste text only, and as you hover the cursor over each option, you see the result.
Image handling is much better too. Click on an image, and a Picture Tools tab appears that lets you position the image, correct the colour, add artistic effects, remove the background and otherwise manipulate the look.
And, as with other formatting options, if you hover over a selection, you'll see a preview of the result. Microsoft seems to be on a campaign to banish Undo from our vocabulary. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement A less visible change in Office , for Office users in particular, is in file formats. OneNote 's format even differs from that of OneNote You can still read and write the older formats, of course.
With increasing use of the Internet comes the risk that downloaded files come complete with malware. To mitigate this risk, Microsoft released the MOICE Microsoft Office Isolated Converter Environment with Office , which took binary file formats and converted them into the new XML format and back in a sandboxed environment a "sandbox" is a program area that is isolated from the rest of the PC's operating system, so it can't affect the host machine in the hope of stripping nastiness from the file.
However, that process was sometimes slow, and sometimes unreliable, so in Office Microsoft has introduced the Protected View. Any file from a potentially risky location is automatically opened in Protected View, a read-only, sandboxed view that prevents any code in the document from affecting the PC.
The user must click the "Enable Editing" button at the top of the screen to work with the file. That allows you to read files from potentially suspect sources without risking infecting your machine with malware.
One thing I detest about the new Office is the activation requirements. Like Windows 7, Office must regularly commune with a key management server, either at Microsoft or on an enterprise network, and re-authenticate itself to stay active. To their credit, it's totally transparent as long as you have connectivity, but this whole practice by software vendors in fairness, not just Microsoft of assuming that all users are guilty of piracy until they repeatedly prove themselves innocent annoys me.
On the whole, however, I do like Office Including OneNote in the core suite is a long-overdue move, and the Outlook revamp adds valuable features and a more consistent user interface. This is the first of a week-long five-part review package of Office Story continues below advertisement Retail Editions and Canadian Pricing Unfortunately, there's no upgrade pricing available for users of previous versions of Office.
However, Microsoft has introduced a new twist that saves a few dollars: The key number on the card will unlock Office software that has been pre-loaded by many PC manufacturers on new machines, and enables the use of one of the three full versions of Microsoft Office available at retail: Office Home and Student: Office Home and Business: