The quintessential productivity suite for college students
- Enhanced design in the 'ribbon' interface
- Excellent new version of Outlook
- Nice built-in image editing tools
- Support for videos in PowerPoint and mini-charts in Excel
- Improved performance and usability
- None worth mentioning
Microsoft no longer offers a trial version of Office 2010. You can download the Office 365 University trial instead.
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic is a special version of the popular productivity suite specially developed for university and college students and sold at a very attractive price.
Though it’s a special version for students, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic is not crippled in any way. It includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, InfoPath, SharePoint, Communicator and Publisher – a complete suite of apps to make your daily homework, assignments and papers much easier.
As regards appearance, all the programs in Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic keep the ribbon interface – in a clear, almost minimalist style – but the Office button now gives you access to a totally different panel. It includes direct access to all document-related tasks, and also shows detailed information about the document you're currently working on.
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic has pretty much the same features we have seen in other versions of the suite. The context menu in Word, for example, has been greatly improved, and lets you see changes in real time as you browse through the different options. You can now add videos to your PowerPoint presentations, remove redundant messages from conversations in Outlook and insert small color charts inside Excel spreadsheets. There are also tools to translate text, take and use screenshots, and apply special effects to the images you use in your documents.
Regarding performance, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic seems to be fast and light on system resources. There's a significant improvement in the time the suite apps take to launch, and how they behave when working on your documents.
In all, Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic is an excellent productivity suite with great new features that make it easier and more comfortable to use. Microsoft Office's innovations also turn it into an even more professional solution for daily homework and university papers.
Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic lets you fully test the new, long-awaited version of the world's most popular productivity suite.