Here’s an article from Microsoft which lists their “Top 10 reasons to try Word 2010“.
Discover an improved search and navigation experience.
Locating the information you need is faster and easier in
Word 2010. With the new and improved Find experience, you can now view a summary
of search results in a single pane, and click to access any individual result.
The improved Navigation Pane provides you a visual outline of your document so
you can browse, sort, and find what you need quickly.
Work with others without having to wait your turn.
Word 2010 redefines the way people can work together on a
document. With co-authoring, you can edit papers and share ideas with others at
the same time.1 You can also view the availability of others who are
authoring a document with you and can easily initiate a conversation without
Access and share your documents from virtually anywhere.
Post your documents online and then access, view, and edit
them from most any computer or your Windows phone.3With
Word 2010, you can take advantage of a best-in-class document experience across
multiple locations and devices.
Word Web App: Edit documents in a Web browser when you’re away from your
office, home, or school without compromising the quality of your viewing
Word Mobile: Stay current and take immediate action using an enhanced mobile
version of Word on Windows Phone 7 devices.4
Add visual effects to your text.
With Word 2010, you can apply formatting effects such as
shadow, bevel, glow, and reflection to your document text as easily as applying
bold or underline. You can spell-check text that uses visual effects, and add
text effects to paragraph styles. Many of the same effects used for images are
now available to both text and shapes, enabling you to seamlessly coordinate all
of your content.
Turn your text into compelling diagrams.
Word 2010 offers you more options to add visual impact to
your documents. Choose from dozens of additional SmartArt® Graphics to build
impressive diagrams just by typing a bulleted list. Use SmartArt to transform
basic, bullet-point text into compelling visuals that better illustrate your
Add visual impact to your document.
New picture-editing tools in Word 2010 enable you to add
special picture effects without additional photo-editing software. You can
easily adjust pictures with color saturation and temperature controls. You also
get improved tools for easier and more precise cropping and image correction, to
help you turn a simple document into a work of art.
Recover work you thought was lost.
After working on that document for awhile, did you
accidentally close it without saving? No problem. Word 2010 lets you recover
draft versions of recently edited files as easily as opening any file, even if
you never saved the document.
Transcend communication barriers.
Word 2010 helps you work and communicate effectively across
different languages.5 Translate a word, phrase, or document more
easily than before. Set separate language settings for ScreenTips, Help content,
and displays. And, get additional assistance for English as a second language
with English text-to-speech playback.
Insert screenshots and handwriting into your documents.
Capture and insert screenshots directly from Word 2010 to
quickly and easily incorporate visual illustrations into your work. When you use
a tablet-enabled device such as a Tablet PC or Wacom tablet, you get improved
tools for formatting ink as easily as you format shapes.
Accomplish more with an enhanced user experience.
Word 2010 simplifies how you access features. The new
Microsoft Office Backstage™ view replaces the traditional File menu to let you
save, share, print, and publish your documents with just a few clicks. With the
improved Ribbon, you can access your favorite commands even more quickly by
customizing tabs or creating your own to personalize the experience to your work
1 Requires either Microsoft SharePoint
Foundation 2010 or a Windows Live account.
2 Instant messaging and presence requires one of the following:
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 with Microsoft
Lync 2010; Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2
with Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2; Windows Live Messenger, or another
instant messaging application that supports IMessenger. Voice
calls require Microsoft Lync Server 2010 with Microsoft
Lync 2010; Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with
Office Communicator 2007 R2 or an instant messaging application that supports
3 Web and smartphone access require an appropriate device and
some functionality requires an Internet connection. Web functionality uses Office Web Apps, which
require a supported Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Safari browser and either
SharePoint Foundation 2010 or a Windows Live ID. Some mobile functionality
requires Office Mobile which is not included in Office 2010
applications, suites, or Office Web Apps. There are some differences between the
features of the Office Web Apps, Office Mobile and the Office 2010
4 Word Mobile is not included in the Office 2010
applications or suites.
5 Translation features are free and do not require any add-ins.
The bilingual dictionary comes by default in the box (no download), and the
language and availability depends on the SKU version of your Office 2010
application. Internet service is required for machine translation, and languages
vary by provider; this will be determined automatically depending on your