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Posted by Sheri McLeish on May 13, 2010
This week Microsoft officially launches Office 2010. While the final release version has been available for download by customers with software assurance for a few weeks, the “official” launch means the marketing machine will really crank up as Microsoft tries to create excitement for the 14th version of the world’s most popular productivity tools suite. Given there were more than 7 million downloads of the beta version, it’s evident there is interest in the latest version, and early user feedback has been positive.
But are businesses ready to upgrade to Office 2010? What about at home? A lot of firms recently went through an upgrade to Office 2007 – 80% of firms surveyed by Forrester last month say they support Office 2007. For many information workers the pain of adjusting to the Office 2007 Fluent UI is still fresh. And a lot has changed in the market since 2007 when Google was just launching Docs & Spreadsheets. So what do you need to know about Office 2010 to inform your upgrade decision? To start:
All of this bodes well for Microsoft in the enterprise, even as Google seeks to use the Office 2010 launch to lure businesses over to Google Docs. Office will always be a safe choice for businesses, and one that remains popular with information workers who have little desire to have their tooling switched. On the consumer front, it will be much more interesting to see if Microsoft can retain its dominance. How about you? Will you upgrade at home, or just work? Or not at all? Either way, get ready for the blitz, because Office 2010 has arrived.
To learn more about the launch, join me and my colleagues for a roundtable discussion on May 14, 11 a.m. ET