Microsoft sells 30 copies of Office every minute

Microsoft Office is a staple product that dominates the landscape. Nearly every major corporation uses the productivity software to get its business done fast and effectively. According to a Microsoft PR email, Office 2010 now ranks as the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history. To date, more than 6 million copies have been sold which averages out to 30 copies sold every minute.

Office is used by more than 750 million users worldwide and that number continues to grow each day. Office has become such an integral part of business that many universities teach courses about the software platform and require a level of proficiency before a student is allowed to graduate. 

Office 2010 was released in June 2010 and featured many upgrades across all of the Office products. Office 2010 represents Microsoft's next push into the world of business processing as it looks to maintain its competative edge over OpenOffice and iWork. 

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I agree 30 copies a minute is legit PR numbers I love office 2010, it just works so much better that 07 or 03 but I guess its that whole re branding wave of Microsoft (Windows 7,Office 2010, New 360 and Kin, Bing,WP7)

I got upgraded from 2003 to 2010 at work (kicking and screaming I might add). Some of the folks had 2007 and I hated the new interface. After using 2010 for the past week I friggen love it.

Shadrack said,
I got upgraded from 2003 to 2010 at work (kicking and screaming I might add). Some of the folks had 2007 and I hated the new interface. After using 2010 for the past week I friggen love it.

I agree. It does take some getting used to, that's for sure. Microsoft Office Labs had an addon that allowed you to search the ribbon. I think that should have been baked into 2007 and 2010... But once you get used to it it's surprisingly productive. I love it.

According to a Microsoft PR email, Office 2010 now ranks as the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history

And for how many versions have they been pushing home/student packages so heavily?

tomjol said,

And for how many versions have they been pushing home/student packages so heavily?

I agree.
And not that many people actually know about the competition. Mention OpenOfc or one of the smaller word processing apps, or even WordPerfect & you'll often get a blank stare.

Wasn't there a discussion a little bit ago about MS losing their edge... seems with the success of Windows 7 and now Office, seems MS didn't lose their edge at all.

hagjohn said,
Wasn't there a discussion a little bit ago about MS losing their edge... seems with the success of Windows 7 and now Office, seems MS didn't lose their edge at all.

Yeah, that's what happens when a biased reporter runs amuck... Clearly facts weren't on the side of that story...

I love Office 2010. It's simple, fast and easy to use. But my school still has Office 2007, and even still has Office 2003 that some students and teachers use Wish they would upgrade already. But yeah, they still are on XP.

I'm still on Office 2007 because University uses it, and I'm guaranteed compatibility. But I'm looking to upgrade, is there anything that could sway me?

andrew_f said,
I'm still on Office 2007 because University uses it, and I'm guaranteed compatibility. But I'm looking to upgrade, is there anything that could sway me?

The main thing is Windows Live/SkyDrive integration.

andrew_f said,
I'm still on Office 2007 because University uses it, and I'm guaranteed compatibility. But I'm looking to upgrade, is there anything that could sway me?

There is a LOT of work done to functionality. The features available in Word for advanced editing (Particularly images and such) have been drastically improved. Powerpoint can do some truly amazing things in 2010 now that you could never do previously. Easier editing, cooler transitions, etc. I suggest you look up some changes online, but I would say that it's definitely worth the upgrade.

6205 said,
Forget MS Office. IBM has finally released Lotus Symphony 3 and it's free

Never heard of this until now, been using OpenOffice, but I'm willing to try anything once. Downloading the Ubuntu version now.

Well, I only bought it because of a work promotion. Pro Plus for $15 seemed like a decent deal. Seeing as how they usually want $900 for it...

Punchy McHurt said,
Well, I only bought it because of a work promotion. Pro Plus for $15 seemed like a decent deal. Seeing as how they usually want $900 for it...

Under the Home Use Program, you have to promise to uninstall it if you happen to get sacked though.

Punchy McHurt said,
Well, I only bought it because of a work promotion. Pro Plus for $15 seemed like a decent deal. Seeing as how they usually want $900 for it...

I never heard of such a thing. What a good deal that is...

The best version of Office yet - so this is no surprise. Got Office 2010 Professional Plus from Software4Students for £40!

bbfc_uk said,
The best version of Office yet - so this is no surprise. Got Office 2010 Professional Plus from Software4Students for £40!

Really? Damnit! I payed £110 for Student Edition.

bbfc_uk said,
The best version of Office yet - so this is no surprise. Got Office 2010 Professional Plus from Software4Students for £40!
Same here, and I agree that it is the best version of Office. I'm not surprised that it's selling so quickly. Well done Microsoft!

bbfc_uk said,
The best version of Office yet - so this is no surprise. Got Office 2010 Professional Plus from Software4Students for £40!

Same here, the best thing is that the Professional Plus version is not available to consumers, it's only available for students and business users as part of a volume license!!!

bbfc_uk said,
The best version of Office yet - so this is no surprise. Got Office 2010 Professional Plus from Software4Students for £40!

Same, still hate using excel, that's just because I'm bad with it

bbfc_uk said,
The best version of Office yet - so this is no surprise. Got Office 2010 Professional Plus from Software4Students for £40!

Still waiting on deal like the one that got me Office Enterprise 2007 for $6.50.

omnicoder said,

Oh sorry, next time we'll base Microsoft stats off of emails from Apple.

How about Reuters? Or like, any one of the hundreds of firms devoted to market stats?

Or even like a copy of the e-mail.

"According to a Microsoft PR e-mail Neowin has no integrity."

See that? Now it's fact. Owned!

Can I have that in units of lengths of grass grown per minute? How about car mufflers replaced per light year?

Or you know, how about the ****ing source?

ascendant123 said,
Can I have that in units of lengths of grass grown per minute? How about car mufflers replaced per light year?

Or you know, how about the ****ing source?

grass = 06 to .20 inches a day so that means 0.083 copies of office to every inch of grass grown per minute. then there are over 145 billion blades of grass around the world so that means microsoft are like a giant lawnmower running 1.66 gallons an hour mowing 1200 tonnes a minute making office equivilent to about 500 square miles of pasture.

Source: 80 million sheep in New Zealand, we know about grass

Auzeras said,

grass = 06 to .20 inches a day so that means 0.083 copies of office to every inch of grass grown per minute. then there are over 145 billion blades of grass around the world so that means microsoft are like a giant lawnmower running 1.66 gallons an hour mowing 1200 tonnes a minute making office equivilent to about 500 square miles of pasture.

Source: 80 million sheep in New Zealand, we know about grass

lols

Auzeras said,

grass = 06 to .20 inches a day so that means 0.083 copies of office to every inch of grass grown per minute. then there are over 145 billion blades of grass around the world so that means microsoft are like a giant lawnmower running 1.66 gallons an hour mowing 1200 tonnes a minute making office equivilent to about 500 square miles of pasture.

Source: 80 million sheep in New Zealand, we know about grass

LMAO!

Auzeras said,

grass = 06 to .20 inches a day so that means 0.083 copies of office to every inch of grass grown per minute. then there are over 145 billion blades of grass around the world so that means microsoft are like a giant lawnmower running 1.66 gallons an hour mowing 1200 tonnes a minute making office equivilent to about 500 square miles of pasture.

Source: 80 million sheep in New Zealand, we know about grass

Haha! Awesome reply!

At college right now. Every student that wants to graduate with any business degree must take a semester long course that simply teaching Word, Powerpoint, Excel (Mostly Excel), and Access.

That's news to me. I wonder how long that's been the case. Do the graphics design people have to take a Photoshop and/or Illustrator class, as well?

COKid said,
That's news to me. I wonder how long that's been the case. Do the graphics design people have to take a Photoshop and/or Illustrator class, as well?

I'm pretty sure most graphic designers already use those programs, even in college.

There really isn't any competitor to it on any platform. GIMP has its uses but is in no way near as powerful as Photoshop.

Mwright91 said,
At college right now. Every student that wants to graduate with any business degree must take a semester long course that simply teaching Word, Powerpoint, Excel (Mostly Excel), and Access.

Hell I had to do that to graduate High School. One of the easiest classes I have ever taken.

Mwright91 said,
At college right now. Every student that wants to graduate with any business degree must take a semester long course that simply teaching Word, Powerpoint, Excel (Mostly Excel), and Access.

Wow....a whole class that you could learn yourself by just pressing F1. Nice.

Mwright91 said,
At college right now. Every student that wants to graduate with any business degree must take a semester long course that simply teaching Word, Powerpoint, Excel (Mostly Excel), and Access.

I think that's great. Having hired office staff in the past, I can say that it is shocking how many people don't know how to do even basic formatting in Word or Excel. Though Access isn't something the majority will probably need (Though I use it)... It's still a great program, and it's never bad to know something. I'm really glad to hear that they are doing a better job of teaching the use of these tools now...

Understandably. office 2010 is the first version of Office I have ever bought, simply because it is so good. I have to use 2007 at work and it drives me nuts.

MR_Candyman said,
Understandably. office 2010 is the first version of Office I have ever bought, simply because it is so good. I have to use 2007 at work and it drives me nuts.

I've used both. I got 2010 as part of my TechNet subscription. While I prefer 2010 just for the sake of running the latest, I'm genuinely curious: what makes 2010 so much better for you than 2007?

MR_Candyman said,
Understandably. office 2010 is the first version of Office I have ever bought, simply because it is so good. I have to use 2007 at work and it drives me nuts.

I got Office 2010 as a reward for being an active tester of the Technology Preview.

MR_Candyman said,
Understandably. office 2010 is the first version of Office I have ever bought, simply because it is so good. I have to use 2007 at work and it drives me nuts.

Well, I'm currently using 2007 and personally, I don't need to buy 2010.

_dandy_ said,

I've used both. I got 2010 as part of my TechNet subscription. While I prefer 2010 just for the sake of running the latest, I'm genuinely curious: what makes 2010 so much better for you than 2007?

All the apps now have the ribbon support, the backstage view is pretty handy, image background removal and they have finally ported the Word equation editor to powerpoint. These are the changes that make the difference for me. Office 2010 FTW!

wolftail said,

All the apps now have the ribbon support, the backstage view is pretty handy, image background removal and they have finally ported the Word equation editor to powerpoint. These are the changes that make the difference for me. Office 2010 FTW!

Yeah, I have to agree. 2010 was a sizable jump. I love it. I have 2010 on the computers at work (With the exception of mine, which has 2007 on it). I can't wait for my computer upgrade to get 2010. lol