Windows 7 hit the market recently and has
been racking up impressive sales numbers. As of mid-November, Windows
7 had been able to grab
4% of the PC market. It took Windows Vista months to reach the
A new version of Office called Office 2010 is also
set to launch -- Neowin reports that the launch
is scheduled for June 2010. The new version of Office will
support ribbons for all products and a new Version of Office for Mac
users will launch some time in 2010.
In all, six different
versions of Office will be launching. Perhaps the most important to
users on a budget will be the free version offering Word and Excel
with ads to support the cost and limited functionality. Exactly what
functions will be limited is unknown at this time.
version of the Office 2010 suite will include Starter, Home and
Student, Home and Business, Standard, Professional, and Professional
Plus. The Professional Plus version is available in public
beta right now.
Applications available in Office 2010
include Access, Excel, InfoPath Designer, InfoPath Filler, OneNote,
Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint workspace, Word, and
Communicator. Microsoft is also updating Visio and Project to 2010
versions, neither of which are included with any Office 2010 version.
Users who have a TechNet or MSDN
subscription should be able to get the full version of Office 2010
ahead of the rumored June launch date. The beta version of Office
2010 available now does require a license key from Microsoft.