Damir Bersinic, from Microsoft Canada, talked about "Upgrading to Office 2010" at the May general meeting of the Durham Personal Computer Users' Club. Microsoft would like us to try Office 2010. For Developers and IT Pros, the link is: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/download-office-professional-plus/
For the rest of us, the Offic 2010 Beta home page is: http://www.microsoft.com/office/2010/en/
Included: Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath, SharePoint Workspace, and Communicator.
Office 2010 aims to offer a standardized interface (the ribbon), along with collaboration (multiple simultaneous editors of documents), and mobility (smart phones).
Exel now makes even better charts, right within cells, and cells with numbers add quantitative shading to help user spot trends visually.
PowerPoint now provides tools for editing video and photos, without leaving the program to do so.
Office Web Apps will be a free version of the most used Office programs, so that anyone with a Windows Live ID can work with online versions of the programs - a little like Google Docs - for FREE (for now)!