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Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, as well as Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010, for business customers worldwide. More than 90 million businesses can now deploy the 2010 suite of products, and customers can expect to see significant productivity gains and greater return on their software investments.
“Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 define the future of productivity,” said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. “With the 2010 set of products, organizations will save, innovate and grow as their people benefit from working across the PC, phone and browser.”
After months of pitching businesses on Office 2010, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop is excited to start selling the product.
Although it won't hit store shelves for another month, large businesses can now start buying the latest versions of Office and SharePoint, an event which will be marked later on Wednesday with an event in New York. With this version of the product, Office is going in several new places, with the most important of those being to the Web browser.
Along with the traditional desktop applications, the new Office features Web-based versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Businesses can offer them to workers via the new SharePoint, while consumers will soon be able to get them for free via Windows Live.
That evolution, says Elop, is part of what makes the new Office a compelling upgrade, regardless of what the competition says.
"We are focused on delivering the best productivity experience across the PC, the phone, and the browser," Elop told CNET in an interview this week. That means the new Web apps, yes, but also powerful desktop features such as photo and video editing as well as new versions of Office for mobile devices--though notably not for the iPhone.
Smaller offices like yours may find it easy to switch, but when you've got several thousand installs, systems in place, years of training, and customers who rely on the compatibility of exchanging data in MS formats, then the choice isn't so easy.