I put together a OneNote notebook that contains all the Access 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, and Word 2010 compatibility details that I could find on Office.com and TechNet, such as:

  • Formatting and functionality changes that occur when a 2010 file is opened in a previous version of the application, or when the file is edited in compatibility mode
  • Limits and specifications
  • What's new, changed, and removed
  • Supported file formats
  • Differences in OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods), OpenDocument Presentation (.odp), and OpenDocument Text (.odt) formats

The OneNote format is an alternative to the downloadable books that the Office Resource Kit team creates. I like the OneNote navigation and search experience for this type of content better than what you'd get in a linear Word doc. If you prefer hard copies, OneNote 2010 offers Save as PDF/XPS functionality.

Here's a screenshot of the Excel compatibility information. Each page contains a link to the original content source.


Wondering about a specific feature? The search functionality offers quick results.


Prefer a printout? You can save tne notebook as a PDF file for easy printing:

You can download the zipped notebook (in OneNote 2007 format) directly from this blog post (it's right below this paragraph). Let us know if you find this useful or if have feedback on the format. You can leave a comment here or contact us at feedork@microsoft.com