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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 Motoman on 2/3/2010 10:55:09 AM , Rating: 2
I actually have to agree with reader1, which is horrific in and of itself - but yes, the ribbon is horrible.

I gave Office 2007 an honest year, and at the end of the year still wasted vastly too much time dicking around trying to find stuff.

Went back to 2003. I don't know of anyone who likes the ribbon interface - including anyone at the companies I've worked for since it came out (all of which are software companies).

For the record, I am lost as to what the point of upgrading Office is anyway. There hasn't been anything added to any of those products in a decade that made any difference to what the vast majority of people in the world need them to do.

WordPad does what 99% of the market needs to do from a word processing standpoint.

RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By mlZr on 2/3/2010 11:32:15 AM , Rating: 3
Um, Office is a lot more than a word processor. The jumps made in excel and outlook have been phenomonal. Especially excel, they upped the row limit from 65k to 1m. This ALONE was worth it. And all the keyboard shortcuts from the old drop down menus still work (alt, d, e = delimit text - alt, e, f = find, alt, w, h = hide). Running long complicated processes have also been optimized for multicore processors (finally). Anyone who was productive in office before can be more productive now. Anyone who had no idea how to use office before has an easier time learning. People who thought they knew what they were doing before but never really got it (and are unwilling to learn) are struggling.

By phattyboombatty on 2/3/2010 11:42:25 AM , Rating: 2
Especially excel, they upped the row limit from 65k to 1m. This ALONE was worth it.

As the previous poster mentioned, I bet that 99% of the users of excel never exceed 65k rows.

RE: Ribbons are a another flop from Microsoft.
By Motoman on 2/3/2010 1:24:46 PM , Rating: 2
You miss the point - the WordPad bit was simply an example.

If you look at the entirety of the install base of Excel, I would bet very large amounts of money that virtually none of them need more than 64k rows. Probably 90% never need more than a couple hundred.

The point I was making there is that if everyone in the world had, let's say, Office 2000, only a handful (percentage-wise) would be yearning for anything more. Stability and security notwithstanding. Realistically, you could go back a lot farther than that...

By Lord 666 on 2/3/2010 11:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree with you about questioning the benefit of the ribbons, Office 2010 adds stability to the software suite over previous generations.

My Outlook 2003 used to freeze up quite frequently when going through emails, Outlook 2010 never does. What is annoying about Outlook 2010 is the sorting of email by categories; don't use it and would love to permanently turn it off.

By Spuke on 2/3/2010 2:06:42 PM , Rating: 2
Especially excel, they upped the row limit from 65k to 1m. This ALONE was worth it.
This was a huge deal for me and a welcome feature.

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