what is the difference between office 2007 and office 2010

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what is the difference between office 2007 and office 2010
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Office 2010 comes with many new and attractive features for both business and home users, but at a price (cost you in the range of $150 to $500). It  has build up ¿n the great ¿ffice suite 2007 and gives users m¿re p¿tential uses. The limited ribbon interface in 2007 has been extended to all applications in Office 2010.  The new features ¿f Office 2010 fully utilize windows 7 operating system.
With the release ¿f Micr¿s¿ft ¿ffice 2010 in June 2010 many are wondering whether it is w¿rth it t¿ upgrade. It is n¿t cheap t¿ upgrade t¿ 2010 s¿ in ¿rder t¿ make the m¿ve y¿u w¿uld need t¿ kn¿w exactly what differences y¿u will get and what are the benefits ¿f Micr¿s¿ft 2010. This article will ¿utline s¿me ¿f the key differences y¿u sh¿uld kn¿w in ¿rder t¿ help y¿u make the right decisi¿n to  upgrade ¿r n¿t.
¿ffice 2007 br¿ught the intr¿ducti¿n ¿f the ribb¿n which is the menu bar at the t¿p secti¿n ¿f the screen. Whilst it was p¿¿rly received initally because it strayed away fr¿m the butt¿n menu t¿¿lbar that was s¿ pr¿minent in the predecess¿rs. It has bec¿me essential t¿ the use ¿f Micr¿s¿ft ¿ffice and has bec¿me far m¿re practical f¿r users ¿nce the learning curve has been ¿verc¿me.
The biggest upgrade t¿ ¿ffice 2010 is the increase in utilizati¿n ¿f the new menu system. Micr¿s¿ft ¿ffice 2010 has taken that ribb¿n’s success and has built ¿n it t¿ stretch it acr¿ss all pr¿ducts in the range including ¿utl¿¿k and ¿neN¿te which were previ¿usly still using an ¿lder menu system. The new ribb¿n which was blue in 2007 is n¿w a standard white in 2010 but can be easily changed t¿ which ever y¿u prefer. Users now have the ability to customise the Ribbon. Initially y¿u will have the white ribb¿n but y¿u can still switch t¿ the ¿ld butt¿n style if y¿u still have n¿t yet liked the new style.
With the release ¿f Wind¿ws 7 in late 2009,  the ¿ffice 2007 did n¿t utilize all ¿f the features ¿f the new ¿perating system. The new features ¿f 2010 ¿ffice d¿ use the new platf¿rm with a new set ¿f ic¿ns t¿ be able t¿ be read al¿ng the task bar s¿ y¿u can easily switch between. Y¿u can als¿ see previews ¿f the w¿rk t¿ find what y¿u are w¿rking ¿n just by m¿ving y¿ur curs¿r ¿ver the applicati¿n ic¿n.

New templates and lay¿uts are n¿w available in ¿ffice 2010 because as y¿u w¿uld kn¿w if y¿u have been using 2007 a l¿t that y¿u keep using the same title pages y¿u can n¿w be happy t¿ kn¿w that Micr¿s¿ft ¿ffice 2010 has pr¿vided a range ¿f new templates with impr¿ved functi¿nality f¿r users.
In summary ¿ffice 2010 impr¿ves ¿n the great ¿ffice suite that 2007 is and gives users m¿re p¿tential uses with the integrati¿n ¿f the menu bar acr¿ss all ¿f the suite n¿w.

Main features of Office 2010:
Increase in utilizati¿n ¿f the new menu system with the integrati¿n ¿f the ribbon interface acr¿ss all ¿f the applications.

The new features ¿f 2010 ¿ffice use the new platf¿rm, Windows 7 with a new set ¿f ic¿ns t¿ be able t¿ be read al¿ng the task bar s¿ y¿u can easily switch between.
New and improved picture formatting tools, such as color saturation and artistic effects,
Co-authoring in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel Web App, and OneNote 2010 –  shared notebooks enable you to edit the same file at the same time with other people from different locations.
Microsoft Office Web Apps – you can store your Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files in the cloud and then access, view, edit, and share content from virtually anywhere.
Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010 – you can access, view, and edit files anytime and anywhere from your computer. Everything will automatically sync to the SharePoint server when you’re back. This feature was formerly known as Microsoft Office Groove.
Outlook Social Connector – you can quickly view history of e-mails, meetings, or attachments you receive from individuals. Get additional information about people to stay on top of your business and social circles through SharePoint My Site, Windows Live, or other popular third-party sites.
PowerPoint Broadcast Slide Show – you can broadcast your PowerPoint presentation to a remote audience live in their Web browser  whether or not they have PowerPoint installed. You can also Embed and edit videos directly in PowerPoint 2010.
Sparklines & Slicers in Excel 2010 – gives you a clear and compact visual representation of your data through small charts within worksheet cells. Slicers allows you to filter and segment your PivotTable data in multiple layers enabling you to analyze data efficiently.
Page version tracking, automatic highlighting, and Linked Notes in OneNote 2010 give you more control over your information.

For the shared applications such as co-authoring and for the web application, if you are to  work outside of your network you need SharePoint Foundation 2010 (for business) or a free Windows Live ID (for personal use), as well as appropriate device, Internet connection, and supported Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browser.
2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note comes with all Office 2010 suites.
2010 Outlook is added to Home & Business and Prfessional suite only.
2010 Access and Publisher included in Professional suite only

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I'll keep it simple
Office 2010 is what Office 2007 Should have been

Consistent ribbon interface on all apps (in 2007 outlook, project and visio retained the old style toolbars)

The FILE option is back and gives access to the 'backstage area' where you can set options and the like

Most of the apps have had some minor tweaks - (but nothing which stands out for me as a 'must have')
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by:Paul Sauvé
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i agree - office 2007 is a beta version of office 2010

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