Jul 29 2009

Office 2010 Technical Preview

I was recently approved for the technical Preview of Office 2010. I just finished downloading and installing the new software on my laptop and plan on checking out the changes and posting screenshots in the next few days.

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Excel 2010

Excel 2010

Ribbons
For anyone that didn’t like the change to the ribbons at the top in Office 2007, it might be time to get used to them… because they’re back. Personally, I think once you get use to them they’re aren’t that bad. In addition to the ribbons still being there, Microsoft has added a few new features to Excel 2010 that might be of interest.

Sparklines
From what I’ve read, the biggest addition is the new analysis feature called Sparklines. Sparklines enables you to provide small visual charts/graphs of you data in an adjacent cell. I can see that people who like seeing both the data and visual representations will think this is a great feature.

Collaboration
Additionally, there are new collaborative tools that allow multiple users to edit the document simultaneously.  Personally, I’m very interested to see how this works because this is something I would use with my team all the time.

Excel 2010_File Menu

Excel 2010 File Menu

Conditional Formatting
Finally, I’ve also heard that there are some new features with conditional formatting.  Additional colors, icons, formatting abilities that weren’t possible before.  I’ve always been frustrated with the limitations of Excel’s built-in conditional formatting, so that is a welcome change… hopefully.

Leave Your Comments
Please leave your comments below about what you think about either Excel 2007 or the new Excel 2010 if you had the chance to check it out.  I’m interested to see how people feel about it.

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