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3.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant but industry-standard and FAR better than 2007 and 2013, 3 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010, 1 User [Product Key Card Only] (PC) (Software)
Let's face it, MS Office is the industry standard. OK, there are cheaper (and even free) products that do some of what this does but compatibility can be a big issue. Outlook just about copes OK with multiple google accounts (amazingly even hotmail requires a downloaded plug-in to work at all) but is really geared towards an Exchange server infrastructure - not what most very small businesses have.

I decided against office 2013 for three main reasons:
1) When I bought this product, MS had a too restrictive license in place for 2013 - meaning that you could never move the license to a new PC. They have, I believe, now back-tracked on this but it was too late for me.
2) Microsoft technical helpline advised me that office 2013 (as well as office 365) needs a permanent, good quality, high speed internet connection to work properly. They told me it does not work properly in an "offline" mode. Well that is absolutely hopeless if, like me, you frequently travel to clients' sites and need to use your word and excel.
3) The entire UI is geared towards "surface" (the MS tablet thing) users. The colour scheme is white (or slightly dull white or slightly less dull white) and causes a huge amount of well-documented eye-strain. Oh, and almost the entire UI is in CAPITAL LETTERS, making it very tiresome to use.

For those not familiar with the 2010 version of office it is "ribbon" based interface which attempts to predict what actions you are likely to want to do based on the context of your work. Sounds good but it is *very* inconsistent.
For example, in Word to create a table into which you want to enter text you need to use the "insert" tab; to insert a box around existing text you need to use the "home" tab; to insert a box around the page you need to use the "page layout" tab. Three totally different ways of doing what appear to many people to be the same thing. Similar quirks exist in the other programs too.

The good news is that 2010 allows a great deal more customistion than 2007 did, but you are still stuck with the ribbon. You cannot move it to the side (which would be FAR better for most so-called "wide-screen" laptops designed to watch movies [why?!?] - it is stuck at the top, eating up valuable screen space) and you cannot reduce its height, other than to minimise it altogether. The "quick access" bar helps a little but it is not brilliant as (A) it is of limited size and (B) not all commands can be put there.

Fortunately, office 2010 does not try to force MS SkyDrive down your throat the whole time (which 2013 does), but you can use it if you want - personally I would not even touch it with somebody else's barge pole.

Word offers a few new features over previous versions but excel is the biggest step-up. I use it for quite a few complex calculations (connecting to external data sources and producing detailed analysis) and it is significantly better than excel 2003 (excel 2007 was too unusable to cope). It handles more rows and columns too. Powerpoint is OK and has some new transitions but I rarely use it at all.

In summary, this is the best office suite out at the moment (better than 2007 and 2013) but it should not be - there should be something better!
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