Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows heeft een uitgebreide preview gepost van beta 1 van Microsoft Office 10. Naast een vernieuwd uiterlijk zal het pakket ook veel nieuwe features bevatten zoals standaard spraakherkenning en een uitgebreide 'Save On Crash' feature. De final versie zal Office 2001 of 2002 gaan heten afhankelijk van zijn release date. Hieronder vast wat info:
Office 10 also features a flatter, streamlined new look and feel that is designed to decrease the amount of onscreen clutter and simply the user experience. But it also takes advantage of new Windows 2000 graphics effects, fading floating toolbars, for example, after they are left unused for several seconds. New side panes for Mail Merge, Slide Templates, and the Clipboard allow users to format documents more quickly without launching separate dialog boxes. And a new speech recognition feature, first revealed in WinInfo, allows users to speak the names of toolbar buttons, menus, and menu items in Office. A Language toolbar allows users to switch between "Dictation and Command" and "Control" modes and view a Speech Balloon, which displays the voice equivalents of mouse and keyboard commands. The first time that the speech feature is accessed, a training wizard will walk you a quick tutorial. The File New, Open, Save, and Save As dialogs have been modified yet again, with resizable windows and a "Side Pane" in the New dialog that allows you to use previously-created documents as templates.
Office corrects some of the major shortcomings of Office 2000, which is appreciated. A new AutoCorrect Options button helps the user control whether certain automatic spelling corrections, such as the " " smiley face conversion, occur automatically while typing. When a user deletes corrected text and re-types the original text, for example, AutoCorrect will learn to not make that correction again. A new Paste Options button lets the user determine how items are copied and pasted into Office documents. And the annoying Office Clipboard feature from Office 2000 has been enhanced to hold 24 items and features a preview mode and a tray icon so that the feature can be used from non-Office applications. And best of all, the horrible little Office Assistant will not appear by default in Office 10; instead, it appears only when the user asks for help or when specific help information becomes available for the user. An "Ask A Question" box now appears in the toolbar of every Office application instead.
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