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Championing Office 2010

Championing Office 2010

Upgrading to Office 2010 from Office 2007 is a cost-effective step for CIOs to make, says Microsoft exec and Kiwi expat Geoff Anderson.

Upgrading to Office 2010 from Office 2007 is a cost- effective step for CIOs to make, according to Microsoft senior product manager Geoff Anderson. “From the CIOs point of view we designed the [mobile phone] web apps to be very enterprise friendly. For example, we have engineered for very rich fidelity. So when someone opens an XL spreadsheet in the XL web app, it looks very similar to what it will look like on the PC.”

The mobile version means work can be done in airports or remotely.

He says keeping applications the same on the mobile and PC versions will keep some costs down.

“It means users will not need new training and integration work to get those applications looking the same. You don’t have to run two support infrastructures.”

Anderson says another benefit for CIOs and enterprises is that Office 2010 runs as well if not better on the same hardware as Office 2007.

“When they deploy Office 2010 on newer equipment it updates on the multicore processes. We also have better support for virtualised delivery of applications around Office. That’s another strategy we’ve added to the CIOs arsenal to deliver this cost effectively and benefit from it immediately.”

Anderson, who used to work for Microsoft NZ in Auckland as a business productivity advisor, moved to the company’s Redmond headquarters in the US in 2006.

Since then he has worked as an executive communications manager and product manager for Groove.

He works on enterprise strategy within the Office team. “It is great to be back and be able to talk to CIOs from New Zealand’s biggest companies through to government departments. IT groups are keen to get the latest technology deployed,” he tells CIO during a recent visit to Auckland.

Anderson says some of the features that will be of interest to CIOs are co-authoring and an ignore function.

“With co-authoring, I can work on a document, such as a board paper, at the same time as other people. In Word, there is a function called paragraph locking so I can see who is editing the other paragraphs and I can’t change them at the same time.”

The ignore function means if an email conversation starts, the user can choose not to take part.

“It will delete all the mail for that topic and set a rule to stop any more coming in. That is great if I am trying to focus on something and there is another thread going on.”

Anderson says the software caters for future needs. "You can deliver not just against what you need today, you have a rich capability across the office to put solutions out there. We do a substantial amount of business in enterprises, so we want to deliver maximum value to CIOs.”

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