Collaborate and Communicate with MS Office 2010

May 21, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 makes it simple to collaborate and communicate with others.  In addition to improving many applications and tools, Microsoft had also added new applications and tools that make it easier than ever to work together and keep in touch with others.

Co-author

MS Office 2010 makes it easy to work with others on shared files at the same time.  With MS Office 2010 programs, you don’t need to be in the same location to work together and you won’t have to worry about version control or about being locked out of a shared file.  Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, and OneNote 2010 have new and improved features that make it fun and easy to collaborate on documents, presentations, spreadsheets and notebooks.  Key enhancements to the co-authoring experience include the following:

  • Real-time update feature- lets all co-authors know when a shared file has been updated.
  • Save to share feature- lets each co-author choose when to share work by simply saving any revisions or additions to the co-authored file.
  • Real-time status feature- notifies all concurrently collaborating co-authors when other team members join or leave a collaboration session.  A small icon on the tool bar will present you with your co-authors’ contact information and make it simple to IM, email, or call them.

Web Apps

Microsoft Office 2010 has made it simple for you to have access to your most commonly used programs through Web Apps.  Web Apps are free, slightly pared down versions of Excel, PowerPoint, Word and OneNote that let you work on files in your favorite productivity programs regardless of your location.  In addition, you can share your work with others that might not have access to Microsoft programs. (Now you can share your work with Mac and Linux users and not worry about compatibility.)  Web Apps are available through two different routes to meet the needs of most users.

  • Microsoft Office Live -is a free online storage and document sharing site that gives you access to Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote.  Users can create and save files online and access them securely from any location with most smart phones, laptops, and workstations that have an internet connection.  With Microsoft Office Live and Web Apps, it’s easy to share files with others.
  • Microsoft SharePoint- is a moderately priced business collaborative platform that can support Web Apps for small, medium, and enterprise businesses.  When using SharePoint with Web Apps, storage, document creation, and sharing are kept in your business instead of being stored online. Together, SharePoint and Web Apps integrate perfectly with Office 2010 and give you more administrative control over file creation and sharing.

Social Connector

This new application helps you keep track of all your social networking sites from Outlook.  Anytime someone in any of your networks updates their status or profile you will get a real-time update in your inbox.  Currently, Microsoft has partnered with LinkedIn, My Space and Facebook to help you stay connected to your business contacts, friends, and family.

Conversation View

Outlook 2010 makes it easy to keep track of email threads by compressing them into a few conversations that are simple to manage.  Conversations are collected in your inbox based on conversation IDs instead of subject lines.  The Conversation View removes the clutter from your inbox and makes it easy to keep track of important conversations and also makes it easy to flag, follow up, or delete entire conversations in one step.

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To learn more about how Microsoft Office 2010 can make it easier for you to collaborate and communicate with others, please contact the Microsoft Office 2010 Gold Partners at KaDee Associates Inc. or call us at 484 974 2319 to get more information


Express Yourself with MS Office 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 makes it easy for you to punch up the simplest text into an attention grabbing statement.  They did it by improving several tools introduced in earlier versions of Office and by adding a few new ones to enhance your productivity.  By using familiar programs such as Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook, you can create a message that your audience won’t be able to ignore.
Create it
Expressing yourself starts with creating content that can connect you to your audience.  Microsoft makes it easy to do that with Office 2010.
Improved picture editing With Office 2010, you don’t need to edit pictures in a separate program before inserting them into your Word document, Publisher file, or PowerPoint presentation.  A large choice of artistic effects  allow you to take a basic photo and manipulate it as you would in any other photo program, except that you don’t have to leave your current project to do it.  Combined with a large and newly enhanced choice of Office themes and SmartArt® graphic layouts, it is easy to turn basic text and a few photos into professional presentation material.
Improved audio and video editing Office 2010 makes it easy to add audio and video effects to your presentations.  With the newest version of PowerPoint, you can easily insert audio and video files and edit them in PowerPoint.  Earlier versions of PowerPoint required third-party editing programs to modify audio and video before inserting it into a presentation, often causing compatibility issues, but with PowerPoint 2010, file editing is done in the program, eliminating those issues.  Also, in this newest version of PowerPoint, you have access to terrific special effects that make it easy to fade in and fade out sound and video, and manipulate the files in other artistic ways that let you express yourself and get your point across to your audience.
Share it
Once you’ve created a document or presentation you need a way to get it to your audience and Microsoft makes it easy for you to do that.  Office 2010 helps you get your message out in several ways.
Broadcast Slide Show- This new feature lets you publish your PowerPoint slide deck to your audience, even if they don’t have PowerPoint on their computers or mobile devices.  MS makes it easy to upload your presentation on your company SharePoint server or cloud storage site and make it accessible to your audience through almost any web browser.
Publish it with Publisher- Publisher 2010 makes it easy to create and post your web publications.  With the click of a button, you can post your newest web publication to any folder on your computer or to a FTP, network, or web server.
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Office 2010 makes it easy to express yourself and share your ideas with others.  To learn more about how the newest version of MS Office can help you express yourself, please contact the Microsoft Partners and Office 2010 experts at KaDee Associates at 484-974-2319.

Overview Of Office 2010

May 10, 2010
Microsoft Office 2010 will be internationally available to consumers on May 12, 2010.  Small, medium, and enterprise businesses will appreciate the many new or improved features that are designed to improve overall productivity.  Read on to learn how Microsoft Office 2010 will increase your business’s overall IT productivity.
Express yourself
Office 2010 offers your business many visual ways to get your point across to board members, clients, investors, and everyone else in between.  Picture formatting tools, SmartArt®, new PowerPoint tools, and prebuilt Office themes give you the tools you need to express your yourself visually.
Collaborate and communicate
With Office 2010, it is easier than ever to work and share thoughts and ideas with others on team projects.  Microsoft has improved Word, PowerPoint, Excel Web App, and OneNote so that teams can share co-authoring rights and share completed projects with targeted audiences.  In addition to making collaboration simple, Office 2010 makes it easy to communicate with enhanced Outlook features such as the Outlook Social Connector that keeps users connected to social networks and through a new email management system called Quick Step.
Take it on the road
Office 2010 makes it easy for users to enjoy the familiar Office experience from many devices, regardless of location.  Microsoft Office Web Apps lets users store Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Word files online or on a business server, and then access, edit, and share those files through the internet.
Manage your data
Collect, filter, and assess data in visual tables to track trends with new tools such as Sparklines and PivotTables in Excel.  Organize, store, and track notes, pictures, text, video, and audio with OneNote.  Manage data quickly and easily with Backstage™, a new and centralized way to view, print, publish, share, and save files and tasks.
A practical platform for your business
Office 2010 will save your business money by maximizing the performance of all your IT hardware.  Enhanced connectivity features make it easy to connect to servers and other services.  Your business will benefit from enhanced productivity through data archiving and retention tools as well as new security tools that operate behind the scenes to quickly identify and solve problems.
Learn more about MS Office 2010
To learn more about how MS Office 2010 can improve your business’s productivity, please follow along for the next several articles where we will discuss the new or improved Office 2010 features.  We also invite you to contact by visiting us at Kadee Associates (www.kadeecorp.com) or calling us at 484-974-2319 to discuss the specific ways that Office 2010 will help improve your business’s productivity.

May 10, 2010Microsoft Office 2010 will be internationally available to consumers on May 12, 2010.  Small, medium, and enterprise businesses will appreciate the many new or improved features that are designed to improve overall productivity.  Read on to learn how Microsoft Office 2010 will increase your business’s overall IT productivity.

Express yourself
Office 2010 offers your business many visual ways to get your point across to board members, clients, investors, and everyone else in between.  Picture formatting tools, SmartArt®, new PowerPoint tools, and prebuilt Office themes give you the tools you need to express your yourself visually.

Collaborate and communicate
With Office 2010, it is easier than ever to work and share thoughts and ideas with others on team projects.  Microsoft has improved Word, PowerPoint, Excel Web App, and OneNote so that teams can share co-authoring rights and share completed projects with targeted audiences.  In addition to making collaboration simple, Office 2010 makes it easy to communicate with enhanced Outlook features such as the Outlook Social Connector that keeps users connected to social networks and through a new email management system called Quick Step.

Take it on the road
Office 2010 makes it easy for users to enjoy the familiar Office experience from many devices, regardless of location.  Microsoft Office Web Apps lets users store Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Word files online or on a business server, and then access, edit, and share those files through the internet.

Manage your data
Collect, filter, and assess data in visual tables to track trends with new tools such as Sparklines and PivotTables in Excel.  Organize, store, and track notes, pictures, text, video, and audio with OneNote.  Manage data quickly and easily with Backstage™, a new and centralized way to view, print, publish, share, and save files and tasks.

A practical platform for your business
Office 2010 will save your business money by maximizing the performance of all your IT hardware.  Enhanced connectivity features make it easy to connect to servers and other services.  Your business will benefit from enhanced productivity through data archiving and retention tools as well as new security tools that operate behind the scenes to quickly identify and solve problems.
Learn more about MS Office 2010
To learn more about how MS Office 2010 can improve your business’s productivity, please follow along for the next several articles where we will discuss the new or improved Office 2010 features.  We also invite you to contact by visiting us at Kadee Associates or calling us at 484-974-2319 to discuss the specific ways that Office 2010 will help improve your business’s productivity.

How to save money on Office 2010

Computerworld – Now that Microsoft has officially kicked Office 2010 into the market, the next milestone is just weeks away: the June 15 launch of the retail versions and the beginning of the roll-out of the it’s-all-free Office Web Apps to consumers.

That gives you a little more than a month to decide whether to upgrade to Office 2010 — and figure out how you’re going to pay for the suite.

The second part may be tougher than the first: Money not only doesn’t grow on trees, but for many of us, that tree has withered since the last time Microsoft upgraded Office.

Ah…2006, 2007…the boom times….

Fortunately, there are ways — legal ways, we should emphasize — to save money on Office. In fact, there are several.

Save $30

Microsoft’s dropped “upgrade” pricing for Office 2010, replacing it with what it calls Product Key Cards, single-license codes that will be sold at retail. The licensing codes will activate a full version of Office from free trial downloads and Office Starter 2010, the bare-bones suite that many computer makers are expected to preinstall on new PCs.

Key cards can also be used to upgrade an older copy of Office to the new 2010.

Microsoft’s priced the key card for Office Home and Student 2010 at $119, 20% (and $30) less than the boxed copy’s $149 price tag.

Word of warning: The key card is for a single license. If you want Office 2010 on more than one machine, the better deal is the $149 boxed edition, which lets you install the suite on up to three machines.

Key card savings increase for the more expensive Office 2010 editions. A card for Office Home and Business 2010, for example, runs $199, $80 less than the $279 price of the boxed version. Office Professional 2010, meanwhile, costs $349 in key card format, $499 in a box, for a $150 savings.

Save $49

Earlier this year, Microsoft launched a free upgrade program, called Technology Guarantee, to keep Office 2007 sales humming along until Office 2010 shows up. Customers who buy an eligible copy of Office 2007 through Sept. 30, 2010, will be allowed to download and install a corresponding edition of Office 2010 for free. (Users who want a DVD installation disc will have to pay a small shipping-and-handling fee.)

Technology Guarantee saves you money only if you can find a copy of Office 2007 for less than either the key card for Office Home and Student 2010. But that’s no problem.

Amazon.com, for example, is currently selling Office Home and Student 2007 for $100, a savings of $49 over Office Home and Student 2010’s boxed price, $20 less than the key card.

Don’t let the small amount between the Technology Guarantee deal and the key card for Office 2010 fool you. Going the 2007-to-2010 route here lets you install the new suite on up to three PCs; the key card only allows a single install.

So here’s the plan: Buy 2007 now, install it, then download the free version of 2010 on June 15, when Microsoft launches the upgrade.

Save $121

You can use Technology Guarantee to save money on higher-priced editions of Office 2010 as well.

Amazon.com’s selling the upgrade version of Office Small Business 2007 for $228.49, a $121.51 savings over the $349 for the single-license key card for Office Professional 2010. (A purchase of Small Business 2007 makes you eligible for an upgrade to Professional 2010.)

No money down, free for two months…or six

Microsoft hasn’t yet shipped the retail versions of Office 2010, but it’s already posted a free 60-day trial of Office Professional Plus 2010 on its TechNet site.

When you request the 650MB download, Microsoft generates an activation code that’s good for 60 days.

You can extend the free deal to as long as six months — assuming you time things right — by not applying the activation code.

Instead, you’ll use a technique dubbed “rearm” (named after the command in Windows that does a similar trick) to extend the life of the free trial to as long as half a year.

Like Windows 7, Office 2010 will run up to 30 days without a 25-character activation code. As the grace period comes to a close, however, increasingly-frequent messages appear on the screen to remind you that it’s about to end. But by invoking a rearm, you can reset the time-until-activation to 30 days.

Office 2010 lets you rearm up to five times; with the original 30-day grace period, that means you can run the suite for 180 days free of charge.

The “My Digital Life” blog outlines the one-step Office 2010 rearm process.

Free forever

While you can’t have Office 2010 free for longer than six months, you can use the Office Web Apps free-of-charge for as long as you want.

Microsoft will roll out Office Web Apps on Windows Live starting June 15. (The company’s said it might take several weeks to reach everyone, as it will make the online software available in stages around the world.)

Included in Office Web Apps will be scaled-back online editions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, the latter Microsoft’s lesser-known note-taker.

But be warned: The online editions pale in comparison to their desktop cousins, with glaring omissions — you can’t print, for instance — and an overarching attitude that Microsoft “is less than thrilled with the whole idea of online office suites,” as Harry McCracken of Technologizer put it in his excellent eval of Office 2010 and Office Web apps this week. (McCracken is a former editor-in-chief of PCWorld, a sister publication to Computerworld.)

Learn More

To learn more about how MS Office 2010 can improve your business’s productivity, please follow along for the next several articles where we will discuss the new or improved Office 2010 features.  We also invite you to contact by visiting us at Kadee Associates or calling us at 484-974-2319 to discuss the specific ways that Office 2010 will help improve your business’s productivity.