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What happens when you take the speed, reliability, and look of Windows 7 and carry it over to another vital business product? Why, Office 2010 of course.  I was recently invited to participate in the Technology Preview of Office 2010, and I have to say, very nice (Borat voice.) The only complaints I have are minor rendering issues and the usual beta stumbles (as you’ll see in the screen shots.)

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You can tell right off the bat that Microsoft wanted to keep the design simple.  Most of it is based on a light color theme, which goes very well with Windows 7.

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Microsoft has taken the ribbon and expended on it to make it easier to navigate.  Somehow, I don’t know how (yet), Microsoft has reduced the size of the ribbons but made them easier to navigate.  They are still arranged the same as in 2007,  so there’s no worrying on migrating to 2010.

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We weren’t only introduced to the ribbons in 2007, we also met Microsoft’s new menu orb.  The orb essentially contained all the options that “File” used to contain in the menu strip.  In 2010 Microsoft took the orb to the next level, it’s not an orb anymore for one, and made it more of an Awesome Recorb (Orb turned into rectangle). Office 2010 takes all the File menu options and breaks them down into categorical grouping.  I can see why Microsoft has done this; it makes the menu very clean and simple to navigate.  Relevant information and links are presented first, for more advance options you simple chose “Options.”  The whole design reminds me of the Control Panel categorical grouping option. This new set up works very well, it brings order to the former mayhem.

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With work and life on the side I’ve not had much time to test the entire office suite, but with classes starting soon I am sure I’ll be using 2010 on a daily basis.

Stay classy Intertubes.

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Written by Samir Banjanovic

July 18, 2009 at 2:10 am

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