Office 2010 is the latest version of Microsoft’s Office suite of products for the PC, which consists of a number of productivity applications. The most popular applications in the Office suite are Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Office 2011 is the latest version of Microsoft’s Office suite of products for the Mac. This ITS training document is meant to help point you to the training resources that are offered. Contact the Technology Help Desk at x1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Office 2010 continues the implementation of the ribbon interface across the suite of applications. In addition, the File menu has returned and includes what Microsoft calls “backstage view”.
Office 2011 for the Mac introduces the ribbon interface across the suite of applications.
All versions of Microsoft Office from Office 97 to Office 2003 have used the same file formats for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. Office 2007 and Office 2010 programs use the new XML based file format, which offers a number of benefits, including smaller file size and less risk for file corruption. Office 2007/2010 programs can still open and save documents in the older format, and there is also an add-on for Office 2000, XP, and 2003 that allows users to open Office 2007/2010 documents in the native XML format without actually having Office 2007/2010 installed.
You will be able to recognize Office 2007/2010 documents by an “x” added to the end of the normal extension name (e.g. .docx, .xlsx, .pptx) Office 2007/2010 users have the option to save down to the previous versions’ formats, but that is not the default. Luther faculty and staff can install the file converter to allow them to open and edit Office 2007/2010 docs.
A brief explanation of the compatibility pack is shown below. For more detailed information from Microsoft, see How to open and save Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 or 2010 files in earlier versions of Office programs
The Office 2007/2010 compatibility pack for the Windows (PC) install is located at
The Office 2007 compatibility pack install for the Macintosh platform is located at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads
(Listed as “Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 1.1.5” and found in the top middle of the page under “Most Recent Update”.)
Microsoft Office is provided to employees of Luther College on Luther-owned computers. If you are interested in having Microsoft Office on your home computer (not a Luther-owned computer), know that there are several Microsoft Office suites, for both the PC and the Macintosh, and there are many ways to purchase the suites as well.
One recent promotion from Microsoft is called “The Ultimate Steal” and provides Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2010 for only $99.95 to students at U.S. educational institutions who are enrolled with at least a 0.5 course load. For more information, visit http://www.theultimatesteal.com/
The Work At Home Program (WAH) allows Luther employees to install Luther licensed Microsoft Office on one home computer for use for work purposes only while employed at Luther. Budget director approval is requested prior to distribution of installation media, and a small fee for purchase of installation media and program administration will be charged to departmental accounts. For more information, including the Program Description and Request and Acceptance Forms, go to this page.
The Home Use Program (HUP) allows Luther employees to install Luther licensed Microsoft Office on one home computer for use for personal and/or work purposes while employed at Luther. The individual pays a $9.95 charge when ordering online. For more information, including the HUP Request Form, go to this page.
Employees who would like Microsoft Office on their home computer for personal use may purchase it themselves at academic pricing which is lower cost than found on the shelf. Students may also purchase software using academic pricing, though The Ultimate Steal (see above) is a better deal. Academic pricing is available by searching for a reseller in your area using the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/education. You can also purchase online at academic pricing on some sites, such as through http://www.academicsuperstore.com
As you are considering your purchase of Office 2010 for personal use on your home computer, keep in mind there are various suites offered – each with different products included and each with its own price tag. For more details on the suites, visit http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products.
ITS offers training on Office 2010 / 2011. Classes are available to each department upon request. Scheduled sessions are advertised through the Tuesday for more information as well as the list of training and instruction.
You can familiarize yourself with the new Office 2010 / 2011 suite and begin to learn about the changes, even before you have Office 2010 / 2011 installed on your computer. See the following links:
Microsoft Office 2010 upgrades are being gradually phased in during normal computer replacement cycles beginning Fall 2010. Office 2010 will replace Office 2007 on office and lab computers.
Microsoft Office 2011 upgrades are being gradually phased in during normal computer cycles beginning Summer 2011. Office 2011 will replace Office 2008 on office and lab computers.
Staff departments are on a distributed 2-year cycle. The staff rollout happens every two years. The departments are divided in halves, and each half is upgraded on alternate years.
The replacement cycle for faculty is being standardized with that for other employees at four years.
Computer labs and classroom podiums will have Office 2010 / 2011 prior to the start of Fall Semester 2011.