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Office 2010 Migration Guides

Microsoft has made available 6 migration guides to make it easier for users transitioning to Office 2010. Whether you are new to Microsoft Office or upgrading from a previous version, each guide provides useful information such as; the most frequently used commands, how to use the Ribbon, the Quick Access Toolbar, the File menu and the Office Backstage, and using Key Tips.

There is a migration guide for each of the core Office products; Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Access. Each put together based on feedback from users.

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Outlook 2010 Cool Feature – Notification of Automatic Reply before sending out email

Yet another fantastic feature of Office 2010, more specifically Outlook. If you’ve ever spent any significant amount of time, writing an urgent e-mail to someone in your organization only to find out after hitting the “Send” that the recipient is out via an “Automatic reply”; then you’ll love this new feature.

Outlook will automatically let you know that you will receive an “Automatic reply” from the moment you specify the recipient.


Its these little details that make all the difference.

Office 2010 – Share / Save to SharePoint Feature

I’ve been using MS Office 2010 as my primary office productivity suite for quite some time now and have been very pleased. It’s very clear that a lot of thought was put into the products; not just focused on added functionality, but making them more intuitive, really improving the user experience. So many features come as second nature, that you don’t even realize that they are new. Until you are stuck with a workstation with a previous version of Office installed.

One such feature is the “Share” menu, with the option to “Save to SharePoint”. The following screenshot is from the MS Word 2010 Menu after creating a brand new file… complete with Recent Locations.


May not seem like much, but try living without it after you’ve had it for quite some time.

True, we’ve had “My SharePoint Sites” within the “Save File” screen in previous versions. But its never quite worked as expected… you had to explicitly be a “Member” of the site (not through an AD group), the profile import had to be working just right, after you were made a “Member” of the site it may not have shown up on your list until the following day, and a slew of other things. You could also say that we had “My Network Places”, but that required a certain level of proactivity that often times you just don’t have.

Nothing in Office 2010 was my idea… but to whoever’s idea this feature was; Thanks for keeping my experience in mind.

Office 2010 Cool Feature Snapshot – 10 things my Colleague loves about Outlook 2010

OK, so I didn’t think I’d be posting another one so soon, I get the feeling these could pile up quickly. Anyhow just a few minutes after publishing my previous post, I ran into a great posting from one of my colleagues at Catapult Systems which I think definitely fits in this Office 2010 Cool Feature category, check it out:

10 things I love about Outlook 2010 – By: Joe Stocker (

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Office 2010 Cool Feature Snapshot – Outlook Meeting Request E-Mail

I’ve been playing around with Office 2010 for some time now, and I must say that I am very pleased with many of the improvements they’ve made, many of which have become second nature to work with. So much that I often find myself disoriented when having to work off of Office 2007 on my other laptop.

So, I’ve decided to work on a new series of short blog postings to share some of these new features as I run into them.

For instance, when you receive a meeting request in Outlook 2010 it now shows you a preview of your calendar embedded in the email. OK, so maybe I’m too easily amused… but I’m many others like me will appreciate it. Here is a screenshot:


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