I installed Microsoft Office 2010 Beta about a month ago and am very pleased with its functionality, look, and feel. It incorporates many of the qualities that I like in Office 2007 and makes them a little more friendly tasks, emails, and appointments are especially nice.
A very cool feature is how Outlook will group similar emails together. For instance; let's say you receive an email with the subject of "Cool Pics", you then reply to it, forward it, and delete the original. When you get a reply back, or a new email with the same subject, that new email will be put into a group that shows the other conversations in one place, no matter where those others are located (sent, deleted, inbox, personal folders, etc.).
Also, I really like the way that they changed the To-Do Bar. Your appointments, rather then just being grouped together, now have a separator that allows you to easier see the date the appointment is on.
A few words of warning;
- If you already have Office installed, you should completely remove it before you attempt to install Office 2010 Beta.
- Microsoft is recommending that you install the x86 version due to the fact that many common plug-ins are not supported in 64 bit.
- I don't know how or why, but my normal backup process of manually moving my deleted and sent items to personal folders was corrupted and I lost about 30 days worth of email backup. I have still not found the missing month of mail.
- Now that I have removed Office 2010 Beta, and re-installed Office 2007, every time I start Outlook I get a warning that my profile was configured in a new version of Office, even though I deleted my profile.
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John "Mike" Wright