Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the reasons to switch, part of Migrating from Office 2007 to Office 2010.
Well, fact of the matter is, if you're using Office 2007 and you like it, and it's doing everything you need it to do, you don't have to upgrade to Office 2010. Switching to Office 2010 is by no means mandatory, but Office 2010 is a solid upgrade. To help you decide whether to make the switch or not, here are some things you should know about Office 2010. First of all, it's been redesigned with plenty of new or improved features to make upgrading worthwhile. For example, spelling and auto correct work better together.
Smart Art is better. There are more themes to choose from. You can customize your Ribbon. Connect to your Hotmail account and Outlook with ease. Capture screenshots right from within your app. Create video of your PowerPoint slides, and the list goes on. Now, the new Ribbon provides a blend of old school File View and new Office 2007 styling, providing universal ease of access across all Office application. That's right, it's universal, so you'll find it in Outlook now too.
And now, it's totally customizable without the need for a developer background. You'll find more rich media, photo, and video capture and editing options in the various Office 2010 apps, including special effects and some really cool styles. Office 2010 also offers a Protected View enhancement too. To subdue malware in your e-mail attachments and Internet files. Including protection of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. So, documents downloaded from unknown Internet sources or attached to e-mails will automatically open in this Protected View.
You get to decide whether to enable editing, or not. Of course there are other apps in the suite that also get these interface improvements, visual enhancements and plenty of new features. OneNote, Access, Publisher, and InfoPath have all become more powerful, yet easy to use. So, these are some of the things to consider when deciding whether to upgrade from Office 2007 to 2010. If none of these new or enhanced features and functions interest you, you're probably going to be fine staying put with Office 2007 a while longer.
But, if you feel like you've been waiting for any or all of these items listed here, you're probably ready to take the plunge. But there's no need to decide right this minute. Stay with me as we look at the changes in the upcoming movies. You might have a better idea by the end if you're ready to upgrade and migrate, or not.
- Understanding the reasons to switch
- Customizing the ribbon
- Saving to the cloud
- Adding screenshots to files
- Understanding file formats and compatibility
- Using conditional formatting in Excel
- Saving presentations as video
- Importing Outlook contacts, calendars, email, and more