Exclusive: Office 2007 and Office 2010 beta statistics

Neowin has obtained a list of statistics that relate to the Office 2010 beta and Office 2007. Listed below are the statistic that were generated by the users who responded in the December 2009 beta survey and also from anonymous reporting from the Office applications.

Office and Office 2007 Momentum

    o 41 billion minutes in Outlook
    o 31 billion minutes in Word
    o 18 billion minutes in Excel
    o 3 billion minutes in PowerPoint
    o In October 2009, US online PC users spent more time in PowerPoint than in Halo 2 on the PC
    o In October 2009, US online PC users spent more time in Excel than QuickBooks
    o >500 M people worldwide use Office at work, home and school
    o Approximately 250 M people worldwide use Office at home

Office 2010 Beta momentum

    o More than 2.5 million people have downloaded the Office 2010 beta so far
    o Over 80% of beta users have encouraged others to download the Office 2010 beta
    o Over 75% of beta users are satisfied with the Office 2010 beta
    o 9 out of 10 beta users feel that the Office 2010 beta is an improvement over their current productivity suite
    o More than 2 out of 3 beta users think the Ribbon makes it easier to discover new features
    o 75% think BackStage view makes Office a better overall experience
    o More than 4 out of 5 beta users who have used Sparklines in Excel 2010 say it makes their data in Excel easier to interpret
    o 90% of beta users who have used PowerPoint photo editing believe they have saved time by not using another application
    o 3 of 4 beta users who use Outlook conversation management say it makes their inbox less cluttered
    o More than 75% of beta users who have used OneNote say it helps them stay organized
    o 80% of beta users who have used Web Apps say they make it easier to access and edit docs from anywhere
    o 70% of beta users who have used SkyDrive find it easier to share docs with SkyDrive


1. Source: NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Date, Based on Dollars
2. Source: NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service, Date, Based on Units Sold
3. Source: Amazon.com press release
4. Source: Office 2010 Beta Users Survey, December 2009

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dagrimdialer619 said,
These figures look pretty twisted. Just putting that out there.

"Twisted" how? You kind of have to give an example.

But anyway, I'll give one possible case:

More than 2 out of 3 beta users think the Ribbon makes it easier to discover new features

This could be a number as low as 67%, but 2 out of 3 sounds much better. (In any case, I love the ribbon.)

Kirkburn said,
"Twisted" how? You kind of have to give an example.

But anyway, I'll give one possible case:

This could be a number as low as 67%, but 2 out of 3 sounds much better. (In any case, I love the ribbon.)

That's exactly what I was thinking of when I said that. The figures are nice "smooth" numbers too. Ie: 75% and 80%, not 69.4515163%. To be fair, as with most companies, there could have been some exaggeration.

I have to say the same for the above points; I've encouraged a few of my friends to get the Beta, and everyone loves it. I have to say, aside from a few issues, it is a dream to use.

Has anyone noticed that the splash screen for the apps is now interactive? You can move it around, and with Outlook even cancel the operation. That is too slick!

devHead said,
Has anyone noticed that the splash screen for the apps is now interactive? You can move it around, and with Outlook even cancel the operation. That is too slick!

you can close it on any application but it is too quick on the others on a good pc

3 of 4 beta users who use Outlook conversation management say it makes their inbox less cluttered

I kind of agree... hopefully the small bugs and quirks with it can be worked out before release though (using it with Exchange 2010).

M_Lyons10 said,
Edit hasn't worked for me in ages on here... Not sure if it works for others...

You have to reload the page before it works. I'm sure it'll be fixed in the upcoming overhaul

"In October 2009, US online PC users spent more time in PowerPoint than in Halo 2 on the PC"

Lol Halo 2 for PC is a POS. I would rather sit through boring powerpoint presentations than play that.

It could also mean that it took a long time to get the Powerpoint presentations done, which isn't necessarily a good thing. This goes for all time-related statistics here. As usual, there are plenty of ways to read statistics. Three ways alone on that one.

Besides, I haven't even heard about QuickBooks.

s3n4te said,
"In October 2009, US online PC users spent more time in PowerPoint than in Halo 2 on the PC"

Lol Halo 2 for PC is a POS. I would rather sit through boring powerpoint presentations than play that.

It isn't a POS. It is better than the original Xbox version. It just came out way too late, there was no interest in Halo 2 anymore. Barely anyone played it online when it first came out, and I bet way less play it now.

Jugalator said,
It could also mean that it took a long time to get the Powerpoint presentations done, which isn't necessarily a good thing. This goes for all time-related statistics here. As usual, there are plenty of ways to read statistics. Three ways alone on that one.

Besides, I haven't even heard about QuickBooks.

If you haven't heard about Quickbooks before, you sure aren't Intuit!

Wildwolf said,
If you haven't heard about Quickbooks before, you sure aren't Intuit!

Wow. Now that is just bad.

Jugalator said,
It could also mean that it took a long time to get the Powerpoint presentations done, which isn't necessarily a good thing. This goes for all time-related statistics here. As usual, there are plenty of ways to read statistics. Three ways alone on that one.

Besides, I haven't even heard about QuickBooks.

True, you're right. But PowerPoint is one application that REALLY benefited from the ribbon, so once a user gets used to that they should be completing presentations much quicker than previously. I know what you're getting at, but I would tend to believe that it's not the case here.