Q. What are some of the differences between Office 2007 and Office 2010? We’re thinking of upgrading, but don’t know what the benefit would really be.
A. It depends on which applications you rely most heavily.
For example, most organizations receive a great deal of email. Outlook 2010 has some great new tools for end-user inbox. Conversation tools such as Clean-up and Ignore allow users to self-manage “internal spam” and long discussion threads. This ensures only emails that you need to retain are kept and the others automatically disposed of without a lot of manual labor.
Excel has a few new tools for tables, especially pivot tables. Slicers provide user-friendly ways for Pivot Table reviewers to easily dice and slice their data without knowing anything about Pivot Tables. Sparklines offer in-cell “mini-graphs” that flex with the data in the table. This is a great feature for those who link live data sources to their Excel workbooks.
Also, PowerPoint 2010 offers a clean easy way to manage integration for multimedia content (audio and video), including editing, trimming and fades. It also gives you the capability to save presentations as actual videos!