Microsoft has just announced that Office 2010 Beta is now available for download to “find out what makes it good for the classroom.”

Haven’t had a chance to do this yet but will give it a go as there are a few things identified that could be useful. Some of these are:

Useful ‘Save to’ options including save directly to the school’s Learning Platform (provided it is based on SharePoint) and save directly to SkyDrive (with 25GB of free storage). Once saved to Skydrive, the document can be opened directly from there in the web version of Office 2010 – whether you have it installed on your machine or not. Quite like this approach…

Embedding video in PowerPoint has always been a pig – particularly if it’s a SWF file – so if this can be improved then so much the better. Apparently it has been in Office 2010 with easier editing options, videos embedded in your presentation by default, and direct insertion of videos from YouTube and TeacherTube (and other sites).

Might be worth taking a look…

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