5 things you need to know about Microsoft Office 2010

Although we'd pretty much worked it out for ourselves, Microsoft gave us full confirmation it would be announcing Office 2010 later today after accide

Thanks to the beauty of Google Cache, we've been able to get the lowdown on the software ahead of the full announcement for those of you as impatient as we are, and have whipped up the top five things you need to know about Microsoft's latest software package.

1. It's going into the cloud

With Microsoft 2010, you'll be able to get Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote online through your browser as well on your desktop. With all of these things, you'll be able to start in the desktop version and publish to the web later, meaning you'll be able to access your work wherever you are. As you might expect, there will be fewer features in the cloud but enough to do all of your basic tasks. There is also talk that this feature will be available for free through Windows Live, but this hasn't been confirmed as yet.

2. Powerpoint is getting basic photo and video editing tools

For the first time you'll be able to do basic photo and video editing from within PowerPoint, with the tools being compared to the likes of a simple version of Photoshop and the capabilities of Apple's iMovie. You'll also be able to create and email a link to your work which will enable the recipient to see a real time view of your presentation in their browser – even on their mobile.

3. Web Excel will be better than Google Spreadsheets

It seems Excel spreadsheets in the cloud will have more in-depth functionality to Google Spreadsheets, the service's big competitor. There's a rather interesting feature called Sparklines, which will allow users to get a visual idea of recent data trends within a cell, and you'll also be able to share your docs online through the browser with other users.

4. Online and offline Word documents will look the same

Microsoft has worked hard at "document fidelity" meaning your document will look the same in a browser as it does in the desktop version, and although the cloud functionality is limited, you'll be able to play around with things like font, size and formatting.

The desktop version has also added the ability for two people to be editing the document at one time, with Word notifying users when changes have been made by the other party.

5. Outlook will out-feature Gmail too

Similar to how Gmail works, Outlook is set to organise email replies in a tree, so it's easier to keep email conversations in one place. However the added functionality means that if you're part of an email conversation you wish you weren't, you can choose to "ignore" it, and you'll get no other more emails about it. Handy.

Let us know below what you think to these features, and be sure to keep it locked to for any more deets we get with the official announcement.