The Teen Review: Microsoft Office 2010 (Home and Student Edition)

office 2010 home and student

A couple of months ago we gave our first thoughts on Microsoft’s latest and greatest version of its Office suite, Office 2010. So, is this new Office worth the upgrade? Read on for our full teen review!

office 2007 vs office 2010

As we said in our First Look, this new version of Office offers a lot of very solid improvements. We’re talking things like an easier menu system using the “Ribbon” interface that was first introduced in Office 2007, updates to the PowerPoint transitions to give your presentations an even bigger boost (an as I said back in the First Look, they really do), and some updates to the Outlook email program including threaded conversations (where emails on the same subject– like replies) to keep all your emails in order as well as a new “Social Connector” to allow you to view the person you’re emailing’s Facebook or other social networks if you both have it. This is something I couldn’t test in the beta copy, and after using it in the final copy, it’s nice but not a deal breaker in either direction.

Basically, the Facebook connector allows you to see all the action on your friends’ walls. This is great, particularly if you want all your information in one place, but you really can’t do anything–  you can’t comment, look at videos or pix or Like anything, only read what was written.

All in all though, after using Office 2010 in both its beta and final variants the last few moths, I can easily say that the actual productivity of Office 2010 is everything you’d expect– a simple, easy and enjoyable experience.

Is it worth the upgrade?

Office 2010 starter

Office 2010 Starter– note the ad box in the lower left (click the pic for full size image)

Now here’s the big question– if you’ve already got an older version of Office or some other Office-like suite like the free, is this worth it to you?  If what your mainly doing is essays or papers in Word, or simple presentations in PowerPoint and don’t need all the fancy new transitions, you’ll probably be fine with what you’ve got. If you are however getting a new PC or need a new copy of Office, you’ll be more than happy with Office 2010. And if your buying a new computer, you can even get Office Starter— a free but ad-supported version of Office 2010 with Word and Excel (but no PowerPoint, Outlook or OneNote), which should also be more than enough for most users.

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student Edition is available now for $149.99 from the Microsoft Store, or if you (or someone you know) is in college with a .edu email address, you can get Office Professional Academic 2010 (which has the above Outlook, Word, OneNote, Excel and PowerPoint programs as well as programs like Publisher– for making brochures, posters or cards, and Access– a database organizer) for just $79.99.

So, are you going to get Office 2010 or stick with what you’ve got for this school year? Let us know in the comments.

Posted on September 28, 2010, in Back to School, Computers, First Look/Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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