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Word 2011 offers a number of changes and enhancements that could make upgrading from Word 2008 worthwhile. There is a totally revamped fluent user interface, there are more compatible file formats to help make your work more compatible with Word for Windows, and there are a number of productivity tools to help you work more efficiently while creating professionally designed and visually interesting documents. In this movie, we will get a brief overview of some of these features before covering them in greater detail later on in this course.
We will begin with the new fluent user interface, which has been designed to help you work more efficiently while improving your productivity. Microsoft's goal with the new Ribbon is to allow you to spend more time doing your work and less time searching for commands by making them easier to find and use. And while you're getting used to the new Ribbon, you will still be able to perform these tasks the old- fashion way, using the menus, keyboard shortcuts--even the toolbar. Word 2011 will make your work more compatible and secure, especially when it comes to collaborating on a document and sharing files with others who may be working in a Windows environment.
With Word 2011, you'll be able to produce more sophisticated and attractive documents while working more efficiently, thanks to new and improved features such as the reintroduction of VBA macros for recording repetitious steps and scripts. There's the Equation editor for writing equations right in your document. There are timesaving options for pasting content that you copied from elsewhere, and you can even insert media directly from the Media Browser now. And sharing your documents just got better in Word 2011.
Aside from sending your documents to others via email, you can also save your documents to SkyDrive and SharePoint-- sometimes referred to as the cloud. It's a great option for collaborating on a document where more than one person can access the same document at the same time and even make simultaneous changes to it. So I hope this brief overview has helped to show why you might want to migrate from Word 2008 to Word 2011. We will be exploring these reasons in greater detail as we move through the various chapters in this course.
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