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Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

SP1 releases for both Office client suites and SharePoint server products will be made available. All language versions of SP1 will release simultaneously. Initially, Service Pack 1 will be offered as a manual download from the Download Center and from Microsoft Update, and no sooner than 90 days after release, will be made available as an Automatic Update.

SP1 will include many interesting changes. Across the client suites and server products, SP1 offers a sprinkling of improvements to make a strong 2010 release wave even stronger. During TechEd and beyond, teams on http://blogs.office.com will update their blogs with more specific details of 2010 Service Pack 1 contents.

There are far too many changes in SP1 to list here, but the list below is a sample of SP1 highlights to get things started. This is a list of things that you can do now that you couldn’t before, or things that are just better than they were with the original release:

  • Outlook fixes an issue where “Snooze Time” would not reset between appointments.
  • The default behavior for PowerPoint “Use Presenter View” option changed to display the slide show on the secondary monitor.
  • Integrated community content in the Access Application Part Gallery.
  • Better alignment between Project Server and SharePoint Server browser support.
  • Improved backup / restore functionality for SharePoint Server
  • The Word Web Application extends printing support to “Edit Mode.”
  • Project Professional now synchronizes scheduled tasks with SharePoint task lists.
  • Internet Explorer 9 “Native” support for Office Web Applications and SharePoint
  • Office Web Applications Support for Chrome
  • Inserting Charts into Excel Workbooks using Excel Web Application
  • Support for searching PPSX files in Search Server
  • Visio Fixes scaling issues and arrowhead rendering errors with SVG export
  • Proofing Tools improve spelling suggestions in Canadian English, French, Swedish and European Portuguese.
  • Outlook Web Application Attachment Preview (with Exchange Online only)
  • Office client suites using “Add Remove Programs” Control Panel, building on our work from Office 2007 SP2

Each product in Office and each Server capability area will have changes in SP1. Specific changes will be detailed on TechNet and in KB Articles. On release day, the MS team will publish all associated KB articles. SP1 will also roll-up our Public Update and Cumulative Update releases to date.

Source: Office Engineering Blog

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Free ebook – Customization Tool and Group Policy for MS Office 2010

This book contains information about how to use Group Policy to deploy and configure an installation of Microsoft Office 2010. The audience for this book includes IT generalists, IT operations, help desk and deployment staff, IT messaging administrators, consultants, and other IT professionals.

You can Download this ebook here, The contents of this book include:

  • Local and Active Directory-based Group Policy
  • Group Policy processing
  • Changing how Group Policy processes GPOs
  • Administrative Templates
  • True policies vs. user preferences
  • Group Policy management tools
  • Office Customization Tool and Group Policy

If you are planning for deploying Office 2010 – These 2 articles on Fixing Code Compatibility Issues with Office 2010 Compatibility Inspector and Office Environment Assessment Tool (OEAT) will be useful.

Folks, who aren’t aware – Group Policy is an infrastructure that is used to deliver and apply one or more desired configurations or policy settings to a set of targeted users and computers in an Active Directory directory service environment. The Group Policy infrastructure consists of a Group Policy engine and several individual extensions. These extensions are used to configure Group Policy settings, either by modifying the registry through the Administrative Templates extension, or setting Group Policy settings for security settings, software installation, folder redirection, Internet Explorer Maintenance, wireless network settings, and other areas. Each installation of Group Policy consists of two extensions:

  • A server-side extension of the Group Policy Object Editor Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in, used to define and set the policy settings applied to client computers.
  • A client-side extension that the Group Policy engine calls to apply policy settings.

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How to Insert and Trim Videos in a PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint 2010 provides us a a very easy option to import and use videos in a presentation. In this article, we will look at how to Insert YouTube Videos and other media files into a PowerPoint Presentation. We will also learn how to Trim and customize a video.

Step 1: Open a PowerPoint Presentation, When you add a new slide (or change the slide layout), you will see the below screenshot. Select the Media option as shown below.

Insert Media Clip onto a PowerPoint Presentation

Step 2: Browse through your local folder and select a video to insert. Once the video is imported. You will see the same on the slide.  In this demo, let me add a Windows Phone 7 Demonstration video. (video courtesy – Chris Pirillo)

A point to note – You will also see the media button and options below the video. This can be used to control the Playback and other Media options.

Media Options by Default - Import Video in PowerPoint 2010Step 3: You can look at a preview of the video by right-clicking on the video file. If the video is a long one, and you do not want to show the entire video in your presentation, then you can trim and show just a section.

Invoke Trim Video Options in PowerPoint 2010Step 4: You can basically, choose the section which you want to show in your presentation. Once the selection is made, Just hit the OK button.

Trimming a Specific Section in a Video - PowerPoint 2010

and Bingo.. the trimmed video will be as a part of your presentation!

Insert Videos from Web Site (YouTube, MetaCafe, BlipTV etc..)

Somes times when you see a nice video and want to include it in your presentation, you dont really want to download it and import. Rather, there is a need to add it directly. Office 2010 provides you an option to import a video from any website. In this example, lets import an YouTube Video.

Step 1: Goto Insert Menu -> Select Video -> Video from Website (as Shown below)

Insert YouTube Video onto a PowerPoint PresentationStep 2: This will give you a dialog to insert a link of the video. You can copy the embed code from YouTube (or any other websites) and paste it into the textbox below (as shown)

Insert YouTube Video Embed Code - PowerPoint 2010On clicking the Insert Button, you will find the YouTube video inserted in the Slide. You can resize it as per your need..!

YouTube Video gets Embedded in a Presentation - PowerPoint 2010You also have options to change the Video Styles, Correct the brightness and Contrast etc..

Video Correction Options in a Presentation - PowerPoint 2010

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Remove the Background of an Image using Office 2010

Few of us use images in our daily lives. It could be for creating an invitation, writing a blog post, preparing Lab records/Instruction Manuals etc. We often Google for images and use them. However, sometimes the background of the image doesn’t blend so well with our document/invite and adding them does not give a good feel. There comes a need for removing the background of the image using any of the photo editing softwares available.

Office 2010 has an excellent image editing feature, which would help us do a lot of stuffs on images, including the remove background option. In this example, we will see how to do the same.

Step 1: Insert the image into any of the office Suite products. In this example, I will use the Word 2010.

Step 2: Double-click on the image; this will give you a separate picture Editing Menu Bar (as shown below)

Step 3: Select the Remove Background Option. This will give you a work area to play with. Here you can select the ‘areas to keep’ and ‘areas to remove’. Its as simple, as selecting the option and clicking your mouse cursor on that specific area.

Step 4: When you are done with the marking the areas, Click on the Keep Changes Button to save. This will give you the image with removed background.

Now you can use this image, for any purpose. This would be a transparent image (png) and hence, can be used on any background color!

To know how to add Artistic Effects to the image, do read this article!

If you have not tried the Office 2010 Version yet, Download it and Give it a shot. I’m sure, you would love it!

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General How-to Microsoft

Adding Artistic Effects to an Image in Office 2010

Office 2010 offers an excellent image editing feature, which would help us do a lot of stuffs with images. In the previous post, we saw how to remove the background from a picture and create a Portable Network Graphics (PNG) image. In this short tip, we will look at how to add Artistic Effects to an Image.

Step 1: Insert an image into any of the office Suite products. In this example, I will use the Word 2010.

Step 2: Double-click on the image; this will give you a separate picture Editing Menu Bar (as shown below)

Step 3: Click on the Artistic Effects button. This will give you all the shades and effects available for the image; When you hover the mouse over each of the effect, you can have a preview of the effect as applied on the image.
Artistic Effects on an Image - Office 2010
Step 4: Just select the effect and click on it. The desired effect would’ve applied on the image.
Applied Artistic Effects on an Image - Office 2010

To know how to remove the background of a picture and create a PNG image, do read this article!

You also have other image options to set the color tones and saturation in the Color menu (as shown below)
Color Menu in Image editing - Office 2010
You can also increase the sharpness, brightness and contrast of the image with the live preview.
Image Correction Menu in Image editing - Office 2010

If you have not tried the Office 2010 Version yet, Download it and Give it a shot. I’m sure, you would love it!