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Software Assurance business customers can download RTM version on April 27

Two pieces of software have worked together to make Microsoft what it is today -- Windows and Office. These are the bread and butter of the Microsoft empire and the two different programs make up the lion's share of revenue for Microsoft in software.

Microsoft has been hard at work on a new version of Office dubbed Office 2010. Microsoft announced the price for the various versions of Office 2010 in January. The software will not be cheap, the Home and Student version will cost $149, the Home and Business version will be $279, the Professional version will be $499 and the Professional Academic version will be $99. Google also has its sights set on challenging Office 2010 with new updates to its cloud-based software offerings that were recently unveiled.

Microsoft has announced that Office 2010 has reached a new and very important milestone. Office 2010 has reached the RTM phase, the final version of the software that is released to manufacturing to get the product ready for purchase by end users. The software giant states that 7.5 million users downloaded the beta forms of Office 2010 and that 5,000 organizations helped Microsoft with the beta software by testing versions and reporting bugs and issues.

Volume License customers with a Microsoft Software Assurance plan on Office will be the first to get the final version of the software. These customers will be able to download Office 2010 in English starting on April 27. Business customers without a SA agreement will be able to purchase through volume Licensing on May 1.

Business customers will be able to purchase the software on May 12 and retail customers can get the software in retail stores in the U.S. starting in June. Office 2010 can be pre-ordered right now and it will ship when the software becomes available.




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By Pessimism on 4/19/2010 10:18:18 AM , Rating: 5
It took several pages of whining on the source's comment section for someone to say:

"It will be on MSDN / Technet on April 22."

Honest goofup by the blogger or intentional omission?




By GTVic on 4/19/2010 3:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
Several pages??? Holy cow, it took three hours for them to confirm the date, after 5 questions out of 15 comments, call up the conspiracy theorists!


Client is half the story
By Mitch101 on 4/19/2010 10:21:02 AM , Rating: 3
Most people look at Office as just a desktop application but that is half the story behind this product. I'm just scratching the surface with this latest release but the real incredible portion behind this product lies in the server side advancements when you utilize it with Exchange 2010 and Sharepoint 2010. Simply an incredible leap forward from Office 2003/Exchange 2003. You really need to be an admin to appreciate the level of improvement this product has made over its previous versions. Serious server up-time as your no longer dependent upon a single store causing an e-mail outage. I will add that I believe blackberry in the corporate world will be in for some serious competition when Windows mobile 7 arrives. I almost cant imagine using Blackberry with Exchange 2010.




RE: Client is half the story
By GaryJohnson on 4/19/2010 12:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
[Ballmer]Sharepoint Sharepoint Sharepoint[/Ballmer]

It's all about Sharepoint 2010 for me. Specifically: Visio Integration, Relational Data, Tagged Content and overall faster searches, and better wikis.


RE: Client is half the story
By 67STANG on 4/20/2010 11:44:50 AM , Rating: 2
As a SharePoint admin that upgraded a cluster from 2003 to 2007 about 2 years ago, I can honestly say that I f'ing hate SharePoint. I can also say, unless they have a better migration path this time around, I'm paying someone else to do it. Talk about a nightmare.


Over 2007
By ajfink on 4/19/2010 10:40:25 AM , Rating: 2
I've had the '10 beta on my work computer since it came out, but I'm not sure I've noticed many substantial changes from '07 that would justify the cost of an upgrade on my own computer. Definitely for those looking to step up from an even older version.




RE: Over 2007
By Sazar on 4/19/2010 3:24:09 PM , Rating: 2
Speed/Stability/far better/more consistent ribbon support and, conversation support that is superior to that in Outlook 07 made me switch :)

I am using the beta on a production system, and at home, and I absolutely love it :)

But yes, if you are a regular user who delves in once in a while, you probably won't notice many changes. For power users, definitely worth it :D

I think a fair few people are still using 2003, so this would be a perfect upgrade for them.


Hmm
By vol7ron on 4/19/2010 7:49:05 PM , Rating: 2
Are the benefits over 2007 worth it - even for a power user?

If people are using 2003 they'll be just as pissed at 2010 as they were when others transitioned to 2007. In short, it's like upgrading from 3.1 to any other Windows OS. The layout and menu-bars have changed, which those 2003 users won't like, but will get used to.

Any idea when this will be available through Microsoft's HUP or EPP?




RE: Hmm
By Silver2k7 on 4/21/2010 3:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
Im only a casual user of the office programs, but im not the biggest fan of the ribbon. Will be interessting to see any changes made anyway.


$150 for the Home version?
By Belard on 4/19/2010 11:12:12 PM , Rating: 2
$150 is a rather large jump from $90~120 for Office 2007...

And it still doesn't include Outlook, so it pretty much take it out of the running for "small office".

Office 2010 is quite a bit nicer over Office 2007, would prefer a bit lower price for home users. But the price should go down in a year or so and at places like CostCo / Sams.




Competition
By drycrust3 on 4/19/10, Rating: -1
RE: Competition
By jvillaro on 4/19/2010 1:46:04 PM , Rating: 5
Nope, I bet they didn't even notice. That really isn't competition.


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