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But only to a select few

Whether you love it or hate it, the majority of the world's corporations depend on Microsoft's Office software suite. Whether it is typing something up on Word or compiling data in Excel, many of us use a version of Office every day.

Microsoft's latest version, Office 2010, is supposed to be released in June. There are six different editions, all of which will come in 64-bit versions for the first time. There will also be a limited free edition that will be supported by ads. Retail pricing will be similar to that of older versions of Office.

Office 2010 hit the Open Beta stage in November, with thousands of eager users downloading the 684MB software package. Microsoft has now moved on to the Release Candidate stage, but is deploying this initial version to a select few.

DailyTech received confirmation via Microsoft's PR agency: "Microsoft made a release candidate available to members in the Technology Adoption Program (TAP). This is one of Microsoft's planned milestones in the engineering process; however they do not have plans to make this new code set available broadly".

It appears likely that there may be another Release Candidate version for the public at a later time. Corporate adoption of Office 2010 is expected to be slow as Microsoft becomes a victim of its own success. Many users are happy with Office 2007, and mass deployments of Office 2010 are likely to be 64-bit editions rolling out with 64-bit editions of Windows 7 at the same time.

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RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By bug77 on 2/3/2010 9:26:52 AM , Rating: 0
No matter how good a UI is, keyboard shortcuts will always do the job faster. It's also one of the reasons I haven't felt a need to upgrade since like Office 97.

RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By krotchy on 2/3/2010 9:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
For you maybe, but I know at least 10 people that use a PC all day never seem to remember that CTRL-C is Copy and CTRL-V is paste; they do use a big button paste button on the top of the screen all the time.

RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By bug77 on 2/3/2010 10:40:40 AM , Rating: 2
For everybody.

Not using shortcuts is one thing, but you can press Ctrl+C about 10 times by the time somebody else interrupts their typing to reach for the mouse, point at one button (assuming it's not hidden in a menu somewhere) and actually click it.

Yes, some people don't even know what Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V is, but catering to the dumb does not make a better interface.

RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By killerb255 on 2/3/2010 3:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
...but catering to the ignorant makes money.

Why do you think computing is so popular now versus that of the 80's? It sure as hell ain't because of DOS or UNIX shells!

The computer exists to serve the human, not vice versa. If you know how to get it to do what you want it to do via keyboard shortcuts and/or terminal commands, more power to ya! Should the world have to? Not if there's a way around it.

By Smilin on 2/3/2010 5:06:25 PM , Rating: 2
You guys in this particular fork of the thread might find this kind of interesting. Forward to the ~30min mark here:

MS decided to stop guessing as to how users do this stuff.

RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By RjBass on 2/3/2010 11:29:58 AM , Rating: 2
But have you upgraded? I hate to think of all the security holes you have open by using that older outdated software.

By phattyboombatty on 2/3/2010 11:39:54 AM , Rating: 2
At some point, the outdated software becomes very secure again because it is so old that nobody is targeting it anymore.

By RjBass on 2/3/2010 3:51:01 PM , Rating: 2
True, but then again, when you get to that point is the computer even still really good for anything anymore?

In this case though I don't think that is the issue. I think here we have a user who is using a more modern computer but has not felt the need to upgrade the office software, which is something that I see in my business all the time.

That presents a pretty serious security risk, one that I would not take myself. I am still personally using Office 03 on most of my computers with the exception of two that I have OpenOffice loaded onto. My wife has Office 07 and loves it, but I havn't made that jump yet.

By bug77 on 2/3/2010 4:43:49 PM , Rating: 2
Think again, cause office 97 wasn't full of this online crap. Therefore, nothing to exploit.

By Mitch101 on 2/3/2010 3:15:44 PM , Rating: 2
No matter how good a UI is, keyboard shortcuts will always do the job faster. It's also one of the reasons I haven't felt a need to upgrade since like Office 97.

Not sure why you got rated down. 97 might not have all the bell's, whistles, improvements, and integration of the current versions but its a perfectly good version of Office for the majority of users. I need the newer versions because of Sharepoint Integration but otherwise we could get away with just about any previous version. Excluding Outlook since I do messaging administration.

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