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Microsoft Office 2010: A simple FAQ

J.R. Raphael | July 14, 2009
Here are answers to some common questions about the new Office 2010 and what you can expect from a consumer perspective.

How about Excel?

Microsoft Excel 2010 adds something called "Sparklines," described as "tiny charts that fit within a cell and give a visual trend summary alongside text data." It also boasts improved table handling, better charting performance, and more advanced methods for manipulating data.

Any standout additions in PowerPoint?

The most noteworthy additions to PowerPoint 2010 are related to video: You can now import videos from different formats and make edits right within Office -- and, for the first time, you can export your entire slideshow as a Windows Media file. PowerPoint 2010 also features an improved selection of slide transitions, including some three-dimensional options.

Where can I find a detailed breakdown of all the programs' new features?

Check out "Office 2010: A Complete Overview of What's New" for an app-by-app breakdown, or see "Visual Overview of Office 2010 Features" for an image-based tour of the new Office 2010.

 

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