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Office 2010 Oozes onto the Web

There's an old expression about the cobbler's children never having shoes, and it seems relevant to technology newsletter editors -- or, at least, to this one. Given that RCPU doesn't really do reviews, we don't get a lot of new technology thrown our way for free (which is OK; we're not asking for any). But that means that any new software we get is stuff we buy ourselves, so we tend to hang onto the old stuff for as long as possible.

That's why, prior to purchasing his now-cherished netbook, your editor had spent only a limited amount of time with Office 2007, despite the fact that the latest version of the money-spinning suite obviously isn't new anymore. However, in the netbook era, the ribbon interface has now wrapped itself around the little laptop's 10-inch screen. To be perfectly honest, Office 2007 is taking some getting used to, as many of you who aren't metaphorical cobbler's children have known for a while now.  

So it was with some trepidation that we read today about Office 2010 leaking onto the Web. (Redmond contributor and friend of RCPU Mary Jo Foley has lots of details here.) We at RCPU are just now getting used to the old new interface, and now another new one -- albeit not as radical a change as from Office 2003 to Office 2007 -- is already on the way. All of this is happening just when we had figured out where the "Undo" command is in Office 2007. OK, we still don't know where it is, but fortunately we remember the keyboard combination (Ctrl-Z).

Anyway, if you're curious to know what Office 2010 is going to be all about, there are loads of screenshots floating about online. It looks mostly like what we expected. In fact, Dennis Green might say that it is what we thought it was, except using somewhat saltier language. (By the way, we're not saying that we used this entry as an excuse to watch coach rants on YouTube...but we're also not saying we didn't.)

What we want to know from you is what you want and need from Office 2010. How important is it to your business? Which features would you like to see kept or dumped from Office 2007 or Office 2003? What would you like to see added to 2010 that hasn't been part of Office yet? Send your rant to lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on May 19, 2009 at 11:55 AM


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