Did you know that Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is available online? Yep, it’s a free download however, unless you plan to purchase the software, this trial version will expire on Oct 31, 2010.
Nevertheless, I’ve been playing around with Word 2010 for a few days now. The overall look has brighter colors and the program allows the user to customize the ribbon (formally known as the toolbar) precisely to their needs. Example: I only want the spell check, save, print, and undo typing short-cut icons on my ribbon because I seldom use options like formatting, headings, etc.
No doubt, inquiring minds want to know the price of this new 2010 software package. Well, Techradar.com reports, “The Professional edition of Office 2010 is priced at $499.99 which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher, Access, and OneNote. While Office Home and Business edition of Office 2010 comes at $279.99 but without Publisher and Access, and the Office Home and Student version costs $149.99 without Publisher, Access, and Outlook.”
Although over the years certain features of Word 2010 have improved, I want to address an ongoing issue I’ve had to deal with whenever I’ve upgraded my Word program. If I write an article in Word 2010 and e-mail it to my publisher, her computer software will not be able to open my document, if she uses Word 2007. The way it works is; a newer Word version can open up any of the older programs, but the older Word program cannot open a newer one. So, with that being said, be safe and convert your work into a word 97-2003 document. (Are your eyes crossing yet?)
How to convert a Word document: Open one of your documents and look at the top of your screen; you’ll see the word File. Click on it and select Save As….
Clicking Save As… opens up a new window that allows you to title or date your document in the File Name box. Right below that, you also option to change the Save as type.
To change the Save as type click on the blue arrow inside box on the right. You will get a drop down box with several options. Once you select the option you want and click on save, the Word program converts your document. It’s a done deal.
Now that you know what you’re doing have some fun, take Microsoft Office 2010 out for a test drive. However, unless you plan to purchase the software be sure to convert and safe the files you want to keep.
Pamela Vanden Bos