Dwight Watt - Newspaper Article #77 10/20/2010

Question: What is Microsoft Office 2010 and should I get it?


Microsoft Office 2010 is Microsoft’s newest version of the Office suite. Programs in office include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Depending on the edition you buy it may also include Microsoft Access, Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Outlook among others. This version was introduced in June 2010.

Microsoft updates Microsoft Office every three years or so. If you are happy with your current version of Microsoft Office (if you use Microsoft Office) there is no reason to upgrade. Each upgrade includes some new features and usually changes stuff some. Microsoft Office 2007 was a major upgrade in that where stuff was located all changed, they introduced ribbons, and the file format changed but you could still save to the old format and read the old format.

The major item that changes in Microsoft Office 2010 is the Button they introduced in Microsoft Office 2007 that had the items that used to be on the File menu is gone and the File menu is back. The have added a few little new items to do more complex items and some new templates and small features. The file format stays the same as it was in 2007.

I will look at each of the major components in future articles