MS Office 2010: Entering the Web [SPECS, PICS and VIDEO]

Posted on June 24, 2010 in Sci-Tech

Rishabh Prasad:

With the unveiling of Chrome OS by Google, a product from Microsoft was inevitable in the market. Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Office 2010 in the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington D.C., United States. According to Microsoft, the focus of this update was on three things: to make work flows more efficient; to effectively use Web applications to make your work available anywhere; and to make collaboration with others much easier.

Microsoft finally enters the web world with the introduction of their Web Apps. Office Web Apps include online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. The web apps allow sharing and collaboration of documents and files and also feature user interfaces similar to their desktop counterparts. Office Web Apps were released to Windows Live Sky drive and SharePoint Workspace on June 2010. You may have to download a Trial of Office or buy a version of Office before you can use the free web-based version of Office. The Web Apps work in IE, Firefox, and Safari. Microsoft said: Office Web applications will be available in three ways: through Windows Live, where more than 400 million consumers will have access to Office Web applications at no cost; on-premises for all Office volume licensing customers including more than 90 million Office annuity customers; and via Microsoft Online Services, where customers will be able to purchase a subscription as part of a hosted offering.

Microsoft Word 2010 Web

Microsoft World 2010 Web

Microsoft Excel Web

Microsoft Excel Web

Microsoft PowerPoint Web

Microsoft PowerPoint Web

Microsoft OneNote Web

Microsoft OneNote Web

Microsoft originally implemented ribbons as part of its “Fluent User Interface” in Office 2007. The ribbon is formed as a panel that houses certain command buttons and icons; it organizes commands as a set of tabs, each grouping relevant commands. The Ribbon continues to keep frequently used features handy at the top of your work space. But in Office 2010, you’ll have access to the Ribbon across all of the applications in the suite, with contextual tabs and features to help you get the most out of each program.

With the increasing popularity of Social Networking among all age groups, a new feature has been introduced in Microsoft Office 2010 i.e. the Social Connector. This allows users to write emails while keeping track of their family, friends, and colleagues by viewing status updates and past communication history with the individual. When users view their emails a name, picture, and title will be available for the person they are contacting.

It has incorporated several tools to make a simple image editing in Word. For example, applying artistic effects to images can be very interesting. We also have a powerful tool to eliminate the background of the photos whose results are so good that almost seem out of professional tools such as Photoshop.


One of the very significant improvements to Office 2010 is what Microsoft calls the Backstage view. Offered as a replacement for the File menu, Backstage gives you a launching point to share documents, print out your work, set permissions, etc. You’ll find all of the usual document management features like open and save, here as well, but you’ll also get a nice layout of templates for new documents, several different ways to share your work, and print settings and page layouts all in one place.


Applications in Office 2010:-
– Microsoft Access 2010
– Microsoft Excel 2010
– Microsoft InfoPath 2010
– Microsoft OneNote 2010
– Microsoft Outlook 2010
– Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
– Microsoft Publisher 2010
– Microsoft Office Communicator 2010
– Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010
– Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010
– Microsoft Word 2010
– Microsoft Visio 2010
– Microsoft Project 2010

The writer is a Tech-Columnist with Youth Ki Awaaz.