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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 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.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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