Microsoft is now offering a public beta of Microsoft 2010. As far as I can tell, anyone can download it from Microsoft. You’ll have to register but they seem to be accepting anyone willing to play with it. I’ve been using the Technical Preview on one of my laptops for a few months now and installed the beta last week. First, I’m impressed. Second, it’s stable. Third, it’s completely compatible with Office 2007. (As far as I can tell.) Here’s some screenshots:
Officially, Google Docs files are compatible with Microsoft Word. Yeah, there are some limitations but if you want online access to a document or want to collaborate on a document with others, Google Docs is a great tool.
Because of this compatibility you’ve always been able to edit a Google Doc in Office. The problem was, you had to log in to Google Docs, download the file, open it in Word (or Excel), edit it, save it, and upload it back to Google Docs. That’s hardly an efficient use of your time.
But what if you could access your Google Docs transparently via Office? Now you can when you download and install OffiSync! Once installed in either Office 2007 or 2010 (I’ve not tested it in Office 2003 yet) you’ll get an additional ribbon which allows you to directly access your Google Docs files.
Ok, technically it does the downloading and uploading for you, so you’re technically not live editing as you can with others when logged into Google Docs directly, but if you just need to edit a doc, and you’re more comfortable in Office, this is the tool for you.
These instructions were originally posted on Clay’s Blog. I’ve modified them a little and added screenshots.
- First turn on the Developer Tab on the Ribbon by clicking on the Microsoft logo at the top left of the window and selecting PowerPoint Options all the way at the bottom of the menu. Next put a check next to the unchecked item to show the Developer Tab
- Go to YouTube and select a video to embed
- Copy the URL
- Open Notepad and paste the URL
- In the URL delete “watch?” and change the = sign to a /
- Copy the new URL
- Back in PowerPoint, on the Developer menu choose “More Controls”
- Select Shockwave Flash Object
- Click and drag on the PowerPoint slide to draw a box in which the video will appear
- Right Click the box and select properties
- Paste the URL into the Movie Property field
- Adjust the options for Looping or AutoPlay if desired
- Close the Properties window
- You can now adjust the size of the video by dragging the corners as needed
Your YouTube video will now play directly in your presentation provided you are connected to the Internet.