One of the true joys of my job at Microsoft is having access to all of our new software and solutions well before their release to the general public. I’ve been using Windows 7 since the early beta versions. I now have the final RTM version running on all of my machines. Believe me, Win 7 is worth the wait!
A couple of weeks ago, I installed the technical preview for Microsoft Office 2010. I’m thoroughly enjoying the cool new features of Microsoft Outlook/Exchange that are making it so much easier for me to manage the massive amount of e-mail that I receive each day. And while a full review of Microsoft Office 2010 (available mid-year 2010) would be premature and beyond the scope of HealthBlog, I do want to share some early thoughts on why I think physicians and other clinicians are going to especially love one of the apps in Microsoft Office–the 2010 version of PowerPoint.
Remember the days when clinicians came to present at grand rounds or case conference with a slide carousel? Remember the hassle of getting those slides made? Remember how expensive it was? Remember how screwed you were if, heaven forbid, the carousel lock came undone and your slides fell in a heap on the floor? Can you even imagine going back to that? Thank goodness for modern presentation software.
As one who spends a great deal of time traveling the world giving keynote presentations and lectures (as I’m doing in this photo taken in Oslo, Norway) I probably use PowerPoint a whole lot more than than I do other Microsoft Office applications such as Excel or even Word. If you are involved in academic medicine, chair a department, do research, or teach residents or medical students; you probably depend on PowerPoint or some other presentation software. I’ve been using PowerPoint since version 1.0, and frankly, I don’t now how I could do what I do without it.
Gone are the days when presenters could get by with white fonts on a static blue background. Today’s top presenters (and their audiences) want charts, graphs, photos, audio, video and plenty of cool animations and transitions (such as the “surface-like” ripple effect available in the newest version of PowerPoint see below and check out video above). You’ll get all of that with PowerPoint 2010. The Office team has loaded PowerPoint with stunning new design tools, transitions, and animation choices.
You’ll find new controls to insert and edit video,adjust audio volume, and build really compelling multi-media presentations. You can now insert video, display, and play it using many of the same 3-D effects that have become popular for images in Office 2007. You’ll discover a much improved range of controls for slide “builds”. Power users will be able to create presentations with true cinematic qualities. And don’t forget one of the most important advantages of PowerPoint; how it integrates so seamlessly with all of the other Office applications for importing documents, spreadsheets, creating links to the web, and more. In fact, in the newest version of PowerPoint there’s even a button that will translate your presentations into other languages.
Seeing what can now be done with PowerPoint 2010 almost makes me want to go back to medical school! The lectures (which today are more likely being delivered on-line and on-demand than in a classroom) would be a whole lot more interesting than what so many of us endured; professors using the static blue and white slides of yore.
Don’t miss out on Microsoft Office 2010! You are going to love what you can do with PowerPoint!
Bill Crounse, MD Senior Director, Worldwide Health Microsoft