Microsoft: Office 2010 sells a copy every second

Microsoft announced this week that Office 2010 sells a copy every second. The highly successful document processing and formatting suite has managed to become a fast seller, much like Windows 7 has.

Microsoft reported on their Office Blog that over 30 million people currently use Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share Office documents with friends, family, and co-workers. The Office Web Apps work anywhere around the world, and without the need for Office 2010 to be installed on your computer. Office Web Apps offers users a web-based version of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for free.

Microsoft announced that Office 2010 is now ranked the fast-selling consumer version of Office in history. Office now joins the ranks of Windows 7, which has also become the fast-selling consumer version of Windows in history.

Microsoft also noted that this is the 8th year in a row that Office was the number one selling software in the U.S., measured by dollar volume, Office outpaces games and security software.

Microsoft Office 2010 launched last year around the world, providing users with a stylish new UI, cross application ribbon support, and many other advantages to document processing.

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Wombatt said,
Office is definitely worth the £40 I paid

what you said - everybody that says to me about buying Office from, say Argos, Comet et al, I point them to software4students and save them a bundle.

Well Office2010 (at least outlook) is NOT SSD friendly.
It (Outlook2010) wants the indexing service (windows desktop search) turned on to "search" my contacts.
I turned the message off with adding registry entry "DisableDownloadSearchPrompt" and setting that to hold "1" , so it's not very consumer friendly. (not everyone edits the registry manually)

Tikimotel said,
Well Office2010 (at least outlook) is NOT SSD friendly.
It (Outlook2010) wants the indexing service (windows desktop search) turned on to "search" my contacts.
I turned the message off with adding registry entry "DisableDownloadSearchPrompt" and setting that to hold "1" , so it's not very consumer friendly. (not everyone edits the registry manually

Yes, but average consumers would just leave it switched on anyway.

Mr. Dee said,
or 2012, Office upgrades are usually 24 to 36 months.

mmm

they would release it in 2013 and call it 'office 2014'

that the way it is for office 2007

I am sure if I will be upgrade to office 13, well or 14. Unless they usher features that are imposbible to live without, then I will be thinking about it. Performance improvement and OS and web integration is something that I am looking forward and a better way to make use of skydrive, such as access point directly to Windows Explorer. And, it will be interesting to see the UI because I think that Microsoft strategy for Windows 8, or whatever it will be dubbed, is to have UI suitable for boht a full PS and a tablet, with significantly better battery life. As much as enjoy using Windows 7, two hours battery life is not cool. minimum 6 hours will make Windows 8 the best thing in life since slice bread.

Who cares if there are other packs, 1 copy a second is still amazing in any way you look at it.

+1 Microsoft, bring back the market from scene kids with macs.

I have a question for everydoby that is saying that officer is expensive: If you buy a copy of office and use it for like five years, and let's say every other days, then that equates like approximately 50 cents a day. I mean what I am trying to say is that, given the use of margin, buy a piece of software for like $150 that will be used for like 2, 3 years is not as much expensive as people think. That also goes for a copy of windows 7. C'mon now, do you know how hard it is to develope an operations system!!!!!

The Black Mamba said,
I have a question for everydoby that is saying that officer is expensive: If you buy a copy of office and use it for like five years, and let's say every other days, then that equates like approximately 50 cents a day. I mean what I am trying to say is that, given the use of margin, buy a piece of software for like $150 that will be used for like 2, 3 years is not as much expensive as people think. That also goes for a copy of windows 7. C'mon now, do you know how hard it is to develope an operations system!!!!!

Is not really a cost thing, but is there a "need" to upgrade to 2010 for most people. That 150 dollar could be better spent elsewhere. No doubt Office 2010 is a good software, but looking at it, how much of the upgrade do we really need, personally, not much. I'm sticking with 2007 until I feel I am missing out on things, which I'm not so far.

OS is a bad comparison as things are more central and the use of it have much more variety.

Then you have to repeatedly pay for upgrades ad infinitatem. It's far easier and cheaper to just use Open/Libre office.

They also did improve performance drastically. Especially start up times. One big improvement is that Outlook got threaded mail view and they added the Ribbon UI to every product now.

But not everything is better in 2010. The old Office menu (that large round button in the upper left corner in 2007) was much faster and easier to use as the new "Backstage View", IMO.

tiadimundo said,
They also did improve performance drastically. Especially start up times. One big improvement is that Outlook got threaded mail view and they added the Ribbon UI to every product now.

But not everything is better in 2010. The old Office menu (that large round button in the upper left corner in 2007) was much faster and easier to use as the new "Backstage View", IMO.

I so agree! Especially the new Print Backstage -- which brings Print Setup and Print Preview together in WYSIWYG interactive view.

So they say one is sold every second but does that include Office 2010 Starter edition? The reason I ask is because MS do charge for OEMs to install Office '10 Starter edition (costs them $5 to pre-load it or $3 if they include Live Essentials) and with pretty much every PC being loaded with it that could be boosting the number to make it appear more units have been shipped.

McDave said,
So they say one is sold every second but does that include Office 2010 Starter edition? The reason I ask is because MS do charge for OEMs to install Office '10 Starter edition (costs them $5 to pre-load it or $3 if they include Live Essentials) and with pretty much every PC being loaded with it that could be boosting the number to make it appear more units have been shipped.

Exactly my thoughts. Starter Edition is very inexpensive for OEMs to load, but still counts as a sale; also, if an OEM chooses not to include it, users wouldn't want it- MS has put the market in an even tighter monopoly!

Tangmeister said,

Exactly my thoughts. Starter Edition is very inexpensive for OEMs to load, but still counts as a sale; also, if an OEM chooses not to include it, users wouldn't want it- MS has put the market in an even tighter monopoly!

I don't think they pushed though with Office 2010 Starter Edition. I checked the new laptops in Best Buy and CostCo, they still have Microsoft Works in them.

Surprising really, since most large organisations hate using office 2010 and prefer 2007 and I can agree with them. 2010 edition is over complicated for no real reason.

TechHawkz said,
Surprising really, since most large organisations hate using office 2010 and prefer 2007 and I can agree with them. 2010 edition is over complicated for no real reason.

Office 2010 is much simpler to use. the interface is much more consistent and no more left over UI bits from 2003 .
and 2010 is a evolutionary step .It's what windows 7 is to vista; if you can handle 2007 well I really don't understand how 2010 can be overly complicated.

TechHawkz said,
Surprising really, since most large organisations hate using office 2010 and prefer 2007 and I can agree with them. 2010 edition is over complicated for no real reason.

"Most large organizations" also hate change. Half of them are still on Windows XP.

TechHawkz said,
Surprising really, since most large organisations hate using office 2010 and prefer 2007 and I can agree with them. 2010 edition is over complicated for no real reason.

The learning curve between Office 2007 and 2010 is very small, they use the same UI philosophy (Ribbon), so I don't see how it could be harder to use. If you said Office 2003 or 2000, then I would understand, even then, it takes about 15 mins to adjust to the changes, and with consistent use, within a week you will be fully comfortable. If you decide from the outset you don't like it, then you never will.

Strawmouth Pete said,
@ ctrl_alt_delete
I was kind of hoping knowledgeable people on a tech website would be at least be able to fill me in.

PowerPivot integrated into Excel for one.

Angel Blue01 said,
Meanwhile 2 copies are pirated every second...

As far as I'm aware Office 2010 is uncrackable.

Edit: Then again not uncrackable but defiantly harder to crack than previous versions.

thealexweb said,

As far as I'm aware Office 2010 is uncrackable.

Edit: Then again not uncrackable but defiantly harder to crack than previous versions.

I thought they removed the office genuine advantage?

Minimoose said,

I thought they removed the office genuine advantage?

They removed the genuine advantage check for things like templates and add ons, but office itself is still checked.

lol office is always cracked very fast, Thats not to say I have a hacked copy I just know its out and the crack as always works well

Angel Blue01 said,
Meanwhile 2 copies are pirated every second...

Well, its hard to crack if you are using Volume License KMS activated Office 2010 licenses, since those licenses always have to connect back to the KMS when they need reactivation. If its a Office 2010 license using MAK key, you are pretty much free to pirate it all you want until the license runs out, just that you are not getting the support you want and if Microsoft detects that it is indeed pirated, it will block the key and put the suite into Reduced Functional Mode.

Angel Blue01 said,
Meanwhile 2 copies are pirated every second...

Which only helps MS in the long run. Why use OpenOffice when you can get MS Office for free?

I broke my Office addiction last year and switched to open office & thunderbird. Not a big office user anyway, mostly email, so it was a no brainer to switch.

naap51stang said,
I broke my Office addiction last year and switched to open office & thunderbird. Not a big office user anyway, mostly email, so it was a no brainer to switch.

Why Not use Google Docs instead? Honest question.

thenonhacker said,

Why Not use Google Docs instead? Honest question.

The biggest issue I have with Docs is that there is no page count unless you go to Print Preview which can get annoying. The other issue I have is with how fonts look when they are printed. I can't pass it off as Times New Roman.

thenonhacker said,

Why Not use Google Docs instead? Honest question.

For one - Have you tried using Google Docs offline (As in when your on a pc that doesnt have internet access) ? I know they have an offline mode.....It just doesnt work well.

naap51stang said,
I broke my Office addiction last year and switched to open office & thunderbird. Not a big office user anyway, mostly email, so it was a no brainer to switch.

Well, you could have broken the addiction to upgrading to new versions, but still kept running your older version without any problems. I know persons who continue to use Office 2000/XP just fine. Office 2003 and 2007 works just fine on the latest versions of Windows. Anyway, whatever works for you.

naap51stang said,
I broke my Office addiction last year and switched to open office & thunderbird. Not a big office user anyway, mostly email, so it was a no brainer to switch.

I use both of those on my netbook as it runs Jolicloud, I have to say that tabbed emails are a pretty cool feature.

thenonhacker said,
Why Not use Google Docs instead? Honest question.
LOL Have you used it? Couldn't get myself to use it. Believe me, I have tried several times. And now because Google wishes to track my entire life, I won't try their **** again at all.

naap51stang said,
I broke my Office addiction last year and switched to open office & thunderbird. Not a big office user anyway, mostly email, so it was a no brainer to switch.

I only use office as I get a free copy of it in my work laptop. Even then I run it in XP on VmWare Player inside Ubuntu.

Temperingpick said,

Those people use Macs.

I use Mac and hate that lil' ****** and the freaky lady, long life to Trance! (((d0_ob))) ... And yeah Windows 7 and Office 2010 rules!!! and Office 2011 for Mac rules too!!! Good Job MS! =)

Temperingpick said,

Those people use Macs.

I know that's clearly trolling but it did make me laugh out loud, was very unexpected as I was reading down the page lol

Migra said,

I use Mac and hate that lil' ****** and the freaky lady, long life to Trance! (((d0_ob))) ... And yeah Windows 7 and Office 2010 rules!!! and Office 2011 for Mac rules too!!! Good Job MS! =)

In trance we trust!

child998 said,

I know that's clearly trolling but it did make me laugh out loud, was very unexpected as I was reading down the page lol


Yep, indeed that was funny I LOL'd too... even though I use Mac that was so funny! XD .... and even more with Bieber and Gaga XD ROFLMAO!!!

Strawmouth Pete said,
In what ways does it improve on Office 2007?

There're good search engines out such as bing and google. Go give one or both a try.

Strawmouth Pete said,
In what ways does it improve on Office 2007?

I have used 2007 and 2010.. 2010 is faster than 2007 and the look is really nice.
Cloud storage is directly integrated to 2010. 2007 use to be confusion in some aspects like the file menu but 2010 has made it as a different tab. apart from that its pretty much the same.

Strawmouth Pete said,
In what ways does it improve on Office 2007?

Backstage in Office 2010 apps makes it easier to do things like preview, share and manage your Office files. You can collaborate on documents using Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010 with Office web apps. The performance across all applications is faster, Outlook 2010 opens noticeably faster than Outlook 2007, also, if you accidentally open an Office app, you can cancel loading it. Office 2010 is 64 bit compatible, so programs such as Excel 2010 can handle larger data sets, you can author longer documents, so scrolling and opening them doesn't take forever. PowerPoint 2010 has accelerated graphics support, you should see some of the animations in the new version, plus you can broadcast a presentation on your website or upload it directly to YouTube. You can even save Office files directly to your personal SkyDrive Account. In Microsoft Word 2010, they have replaced the find and replace dialogs with a more convenient Find and Replace Task Pane, so, you are not hindrance by the old modal approach. Also, Access 2010 supports saving your databases to a SharePoint site and you can have multiple users enter data into it, web databases are more convenient in this release. Publisher 2010 finally has the ribbon, you can create good looking desktop publications that rival what you create in Indesign and Quark, the pre-packaged page parts are also nice for headings, pull out quotes and stories, I love how professionally designed they are. Outlook 2010 is nicer to use with features such as conversation view so its easier to keep track of an email thread, you can integrate social networking services such as Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. I forgot about the new graphics editing tools in Word, so you can crop out a object in a photo, add various effects and styles (you don't need a separate program for this).

This is just off the top of my head, there is so much more, but I need to stop now.

Mr. Dee said,

Backstage in Office 2010 apps makes it easier to do things like preview, share and manage your Office files. You can collaborate on documents using Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010 with Office web apps. The performance across all applications is faster, Outlook 2010 opens noticeably faster than Outlook 2007, also, if you accidentally open an Office app, you can cancel loading it. Office 2010 is 64 bit compatible, so programs such as Excel 2010 can handle larger data sets, you can author longer documents, so scrolling and opening them doesn't take forever. PowerPoint 2010 has accelerated graphics support, you should see some of the animations in the new version, plus you can broadcast a presentation on your website or upload it directly to YouTube. You can even save Office files directly to your personal SkyDrive Account. In Microsoft Word 2010, they have replaced the find and replace dialogs with a more convenient Find and Replace Task Pane, so, you are not hindrance by the old modal approach. Also, Access 2010 supports saving your databases to a SharePoint site and you can have multiple users enter data into it, web databases are more convenient in this release. Publisher 2010 finally has the ribbon, you can create good looking desktop publications that rival what you create in Indesign and Quark, the pre-packaged page parts are also nice for headings, pull out quotes and stories, I love how professionally designed they are. Outlook 2010 is nicer to use with features such as conversation view so its easier to keep track of an email thread, you can integrate social networking services such as Facebook and Windows Live Messenger. I forgot about the new graphics editing tools in Word, so you can crop out a object in a photo, add various effects and styles (you don't need a separate program for this).

This is just off the top of my head, there is so much more, but I need to stop now.

I'm impressed.

At first you would think that Office 2010 completes rolling out the Ribbon UI to all apps in the suite (along with Project 2010 and Visio 2010). But you pointed out the meaty improvements under the hood!

Strawmouth Pete said,
In what ways does it improve on Office 2007?

I would have upgraded solely because MS, finally I would add, extended the Ribbon to Outlook.

Granted I live with Outlook so what is a commpelling reason for me could not be for others but overall 2010 edition is also smoother and more responding. Add to this all the improvements in the other apps and it is worth the investment.

Strawmouth Pete said,
In what ways does it improve on Office 2007?

Nothing significant has been added since 2000. Best to stick with LibreOffice or Google Docs and save the money for more worthy things.

Flawed said,

Nothing significant has been added since 2000. Best to stick with LibreOffice or Google Docs and save the money for more worthy things.
"Save money. Pip pip cheerio."