Office 2010, Our Favourite Features

It must be hard for Microsoft each time they sit down to their “Ok, let’s figure out how we’re going to rebuild Office and sell a bajillion copies” meeting.  It’s already the giant among giants when it comes to Productivity Suites.  Apparently though, those meetings are pretty successful.  Office 2010’s Beta program saw 9,000,000 copies of the software downloaded.  Collectively, we added about 6 downloads to that number right here at Adaptive.  Huge.

That said, here are my top 5 favourite features of Office 2010.

1)      Vastly improved Copy / Paste functionality.  One of the things that would drive me crazy in previous versions was that there was no easy way to paste from the internet, without getting the internet formatting.  That’s all fixed!  Notice in the screenshot below that there is now an area in the right click context area that gives you “Paste Special” functions,like “Paste without Formatting”.



2)     Outlook got the ribbon!  This one is going to be a love it, or hate it feature.  If you loved the ribbon when it made its debuit in 2007, you’ll love it in Outlook.  If not…. Yeah, you’re not going to like it now.  Personally, I think it works well, and it’s nice to have uniformity.



3)     Easier Printing.  The print screen has been completely redone making it far simpler.


4)     Right click Contact Search.  I’m constantly wanting to phone someone after I receive an email and usually, I have to go look in my contacts to find their number.  Now, I just right click their name and start dialing.


5)     Improved Imaging.  (Shamelessly torn right from the Office website)  New and improved picture formatting tools, such as color saturation and artistic effects, let you transform your visuals into works of art. And a wide range of new customizable themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts offer more ways to make your ideas stick.