Office 2010: First Day

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Yeah so as about 8 people know by now, I managed to get an invite to the Technical Preview of Office 2010, which I really wanted because since Office 2007 came out I’ve been wanting to ditch 2003. Jump for screenshots and stuff.

I followed the link and after signing in with my Windows Live ID at Microsoft Connect, I downloaded the installer for Office Professional – around 540MB.

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I decided to try it out with something I’m going to be doing a lot of the next few weeks – making notes for revision. Boring, yeah.

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The splash screen has this animated dust storm swirly thing at the bottom. There are also Close and Minimize buttons as you can see, which I guess would come in handy if you changed your mind or if your plug-ins were taking too long to load. Loading Word for the first time took about 7 seconds; the second time round it was down to 4.

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You are asked to activate it online. The activation was fast and pretty much all you have to do is click Next.

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Installing the technical preview also gives you two icons in your system tray. It’s pretty simple: click the icon whenever you have a gripe or praise, and you can enter comments and optionally add a screenshot and your contact details before it gets sent to the Office team.

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Pressing Alt gives you numbers and keys over the interface so you know what Alt-shortcut to press. Handy, if slightly annoying after a while.

oldish This is what you get when you click the Office button in the top left. It’s been redesigned into a rectangle instead of the big glowy orb of 2007. I was kind of expecting a drop-down list though, because of the little arrow next to the Office logo.

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The save dialog. Nothing much to see here, moving on…

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After you save the document, the Info tab comes up by default when clicking the Office button where you can get random (but useful) information.

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I like the ability to customize what MS calls the “Quick Access Toolbar”, which basically turns your window titlebar into a fully-featured custom toolbar.

Right, more to come later. I need to finish up those notes.

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2 thoughts on “Office 2010: First Day

    • Um because I’m guai. No lah because I had nothing to do so I did Bio.

      And I just remembered I need to do IH SIA and the chem prac from today! Damnit I always remember important stuff too late.

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