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Office 2010 presentation aftermath

On Wednesday evening at NEBytes, I did a presentation with Ben Lee (@Bibbleq) on Microsoft's Office 2010 suite. Having spent part of the evening talking about Office Web Apps and multi-user authoring, it was really nice of Microsoft to announce another product launch to do all that stuff just as we finished up! is a new beta from Microsoft's FUSE Labs using Office Web Apps and integrating into Facebook to for creation and sharing of documents. I haven't got an invitation to use it yet, so can't say much about how it works, but there are some videos that show it in action over at

Back to the presentation...

Firstly, if you were there, please fill out the online feedback.

Secondly, I had a bit of an issue with the demo gremlins on a couple of things that I was showing. Ordinarily I'd just say "that's life" and move on, but I realised why a couple of things didn't work.

  • Even in the RTM, the Live Print Preview in the Word's Backstage view doesn't show x-Up printing. The preview just doesn't change, like it does when you alter margins or orientation, when you ask for multiple pages per sheet. Personally, I'd like to see it do that happen. It does work as you'd expect in PowerPoint when you're looking to print handouts with multiple slides per page.
  • Insert Screenshot can show thumbnails of the available windows when everything is a normal windows, but it can't pick up an active PowerPoint slide show and I wonder if that's what caused it problems in the pre-release version that I was running for the demo. I've tried to recreate the same circumstances with the RTM and it works.

When I get my invitation code for, I'll put the slide deck on there for all to see. Until then, if you want more Office 2010 info, you can check out the ebook that I posted about before, or for information specific to IT Pros, check out

[UPDATE] I've uploaded the deck, so you can see the slideshow on

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