Office 2010 has record breaking first year

Microsoft Office is a staple product for the company. Currently, the platform is the marketplace juggernaut as there is little competition and the alternatives still lack the functionality that Office provides. Because of this, it should comes as no surprise that Office 2010 is now the fastest selling version of Office in company history.

According to the Office blog, Office 2010 is being deployed in corporate environments five times faster than Office 2007. Office 2010 is also the fastest selling versions of Office in company history and nearly 50 million people have used the Office web applications. This information solidifies the fact that Office is still the king of productivity and that nearly all competition lags in comparison to the features offered by the productivity suite.

The consumer feedback from the product is also highly acclaimed by Microsoft. They state that "in a recent survey of Office 2010 users, 9 out of 10 said it's the best version of Office they've used. And 96 percent would recommend it to others."

Microsoft also stated that corporations are able to save money as well after they deploy the new productivity suite. The post states:

Businesses of all sizes are also embracing Office 2010. You can learn more about how customers like Nixon Peabody, Catapult Systems, Non-Linear Creations, i3solutions, aNb Media, and Basic Black are using Office 2010 and related products to save money - from $13,000 to $100,000 per month - gain time and increase efficiency. 

Office 2010 has shown that it is up to the task for the consumer and the corporate environment. But just because Microsoft has done well with Office 2010, that doesn't mean that they are sitting back and enjoying their success. Office 15, the next version of Office, work has already begun on the new platform and it has already leaked.

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Always thought MS Office was a bloated POS! There is so much crap to it, I never even bother to try and go through it!

Wife needs it for her work, so it is installed on a couple computers here, but personally, I can't stand it, but also then again, I very, very seldom even have a use for any office program.

As a side note, never been able to stand Open Office either.

Why is it the XP users are constantly making comments about not being able to use the newest software... when they refuse to upgrade from legacy products? You want the latest and greatest, except where it matters the most. You insist on running with the dinosaurs, you run the risk of being left behind.

Max Norris said,
Why is it the XP users are constantly making comments about not being able to use the newest software... when they refuse to upgrade from legacy products? You want the latest and greatest, except where it matters the most. You insist on running with the dinosaurs, you run the risk of being left behind.

Hello? Reading comprehension trouble much? Office 2010 runs on XP. What's your problem here?

xpclient said,
Hello? Reading comprehension trouble much? Office 2010 runs on XP. What's your problem here?

Reading comprehension trouble much? You were talking about the version which will drop XP support. Never mentioned 2010.

I LOVE office 2010 and I am a big MS fan BUT even I realise that success is more about timing. Many people skipped 2003 and 2007 and bought new office (2010) to coincide with their new PC.

It is a great product that I use heavily but new features in 2010 dont really sell it over 2003 or 2007 as much as the need to upgrade.

OpenOffice can do 75% of what MS Office can do, and 100% of what I need it to do, and costs $0. Sure Office 2010 is prettier, but good looks are not worth $200 to me.

MS Lose32 said,
OpenOffice can do 75% of what MS Office can do, and 100% of what I need it to do, and costs {0}. Sure Office 2010 is prettier, but good looks are not worth $200 to me.

then OpenOffice?.... sure.... it cant do what excel actually does... word? even wordpad works for anything a word processor needs. hmm access? does it have something good like access? or like... lync?.
yeah right 75% .... because i bet you mean 75% of what WORD can do. which pretty much is just one program from alot of programs you can get with office (depends on version)
But i bet you havent really worked with excel. i mean work with it, use formulas and stuff. with big documents and such.

openoffice its nice, but to say 75% just because it works for your 75%... its false, since excel is sooooo advanced compared with the equivalent in openoffice.

Edited by lalalalalalalala, Jun 15 2011, 7:27pm :

MS Lose32 said,
OpenOffice can do 75% of what MS Office can do, and 100% of what I need it to do, and costs $0. Sure Office 2010 is prettier, but good looks are not worth $200 to me.

Let me guess, you do not manage a multi-million dollar enterprise.

KingCrimson said,

Let me guess, you do not manage a multi-million dollar enterprise.

Oh so some people manage multi-million dollar enterprises with Excel? Wow. Scary!

MS Lose32 said,
Oh so some people manage multi-million dollar enterprises with Excel? Wow. Scary!

There's a lot more to Office than just the typical word processor and spreadsheet. SharePoint for example, won't find anything close in OO. Or Outlook. Or Project. And so on.

EmilyTheStrange said,

then OpenOffice?.... sure.... it cant do what excel actually does... word? even wordpad works for anything a word processor needs. hmm access? does it have something good like access? or like... lync?.
yeah right 75% .... because i bet you mean 75% of what WORD can do. which pretty much is just one program from alot of programs you can get with office (depends on version)
But i bet you havent really worked with excel. i mean work with it, use formulas and stuff. with big documents and such.

openoffice its nice, but to say 75% just because it works for your 75%... its false, since excel is sooooo advanced compared with the equivalent in openoffice.

I kid, I kid. I know MS Office is far superior to OpenOffice in most ways but what if OpenOffice does 100% of what I need it to do? Why should I pay for extra functionality that I don't need. And I would dare say that MOST home users' people office productivity needs do falls within OpenOffice's capabilities, except for maybe spreadsheets. But then again, most home users mostly use Word, not Excel.

Max Norris said,

There's a lot more to Office than just the typical word processor and spreadsheet. SharePoint for example, won't find anything close in OO. Or Outlook. Or Project. And so on.
But then again, the AVERAGE home user or student wouldn't need any of those extra programs.

MS Lose32 said,
But then again, the AVERAGE home user or student wouldn't need any of those extra programs.

Perhaps, but I was commenting about the enterprise workplace. Except maybe Outlook.. couldn't live without that one, absurdly good.

MS Lose32 said,
OpenOffice can do 75% of what MS Office can do, and 100% of what I need it to do, and costs {0}. Sure Office 2010 is prettier, but good looks are not worth $200 to me.

OO.org is a horrible POS, even for free. If not using Office is that important to you, may I suggest LibreOffice (or even Google Docs).

lordcanti86 said,

OO.org is a horrible POS, even for free. If not using Office is that important to you, may I suggest LibreOffice (or even Google Docs).
Isn't LibreOffice the same thing as OpenOffice? I thought it was based on the same source code?

6205 said,
It's too expensive. They should release Starter for everyone as free download..

Agreed that it is too expensive. I can not even remotely justify paying as much as MS wants for any version of their Office suite for home use.

I am not saying it is not a good set of products but for most people I know they priced themselves out of the home market. Most of the advanced features lacking from the other alternatives are not overly necessary unless you are running a business. Even then I can not name 2 things that Office has that the alternatives do not that I have actually used in the last 8 years.....home or at work.

Good product overall but for the price I will stick with the alternatives as they do what I need them to.

6205 said,
It's too expensive. They should release Starter for everyone as free download..

A free version was/is in the works which displays the odd ad banner I think.
Home edition is not insanely expensive either, it can be bought in the UK for £89 for 3 licenses which is not insanely expensive. If you dont do much with documents etc then OO is there for you but I waste time using OO as its just not as nice to use so £89 for 3 machines is nothing.

Edited by ZeroHour, Jun 15 2011, 6:32pm :

6205 said,
It's too expensive. They should release Starter for everyone as free download..

It's only expensive if you don't know where to look (legitimately).

6205 said,
It's too expensive. They should release Starter for everyone as free download..

It's only expensive if you don't know where to look (legitimately).

k33nz said,
backstage is great... but ur entitled to ur dumb opinion

Just as I'm entitled to think you're an arrogant (censored) who can't spell or use punctuation.

I don't like the backstage feature; your document should never be covered up or disappear when you are working with it. That was a stupid idea, but everything else seems ok. Not worth upgrading from 2007 imo but if you're still on 2003 or something sure.

TRC said,
I don't like the backstage feature; your document should never be covered up or disappear when you are working with it.

Fair enough, personally I like it because all the extra stuff it shows is way too much to be crammed into a regular menu, or just not practical. If you're not a fan though, all the functions on the backstage (and everything else, totally customizable) can be pinned to the quick access toolbar. Don't actually have to see it at all.

TRC said,
I don't like the backstage feature; your document should never be covered up or disappear when you are working with it. That was a stupid idea, but everything else seems ok. Not worth upgrading from 2007 imo but if you're still on 2003 or something sure.

One thing to note though things like document properties etc the changes were not live below the dialogue I am sure so either way having the document shown has little advantage.

TRC said,
I don't like the backstage feature; your document should never be covered up or disappear when you are working with it. That was a stupid idea, but everything else seems ok. Not worth upgrading from 2007 imo but if you're still on 2003 or something sure.

Strange. Most of the commands under the backstage has nothing to do with modifying the content of the document. And I love the Backstage View's Print Panel: No more jumping between Page Layout / Printer Settings / Print Preview, because all of them are combined in one view!

TRC said,
I don't like the backstage feature; your document should never be covered up or disappear when you are working with it. That was a stupid idea, but everything else seems ok. Not worth upgrading from 2007 imo but if you're still on 2003 or something sure.

Well its modal, its no different from the open or save or print dialog from 2007. You either in one or the other. The only time you are gonna use Backstage is when you are going to print preview, change settings or share a document. So, I don't see how doing that task would be related to editing the document, you wouldn't be in Backstage in the first place. Its one thing to criticize, but you should know how it works and how to use it. Office is a very logical and task centric product, contextual tabs, mini ribbon are examples of how innovative this product is.

The only and only thing I don't like about Office 2010 is the logos. Mac for Office 2011 has better logos. Obviously this isn't much of a problem, but I would haved liked better logos for a RIDICULOUSLY good product.
Otherwise this software suite is so good that I literally open the applications sometimes, just to look at the 'Ribbon UI goodness'.

FMH said,
The only and only thing I don't like about Office 2010 is the logos. Mac for Office 2011 has better logos. Obviously this isn't much of a problem, but I would haved liked better logos for a RIDICULOUSLY good product.
Otherwise this software suite is so good that I literally open the applications sometimes, just to look at the 'Ribbon UI goodness'.

You know you have a good product on your hands when the only complaint someone can come up with is the *logos* it uses.

(and by "logos", I'm assuming you mean icons?)

FMH said,
The only and only thing I don't like about Office 2010 is the logos. Mac for Office 2011 has better logos. Obviously this isn't much of a problem, but I would haved liked better logos for a RIDICULOUSLY good product.
Otherwise this software suite is so good that I literally open the applications sometimes, just to look at the 'Ribbon UI goodness'.

I kinda liked the Office Logos/Icons for Windows. The Mac Icons are different because Mac has a different style (glossy stuff).

_dandy_ said,

You know you have a good product on your hands when the only complaint someone can come up with is the *logos* it uses.

(and by "logos", I'm assuming you mean icons?)


Yeah icons
And yeah, it's a great product.

Office use is like why, according to a 100,000 word phd paper, bankers ger paid so much: because other bankers do.

Everyone uses MS Office because everyone else uses MS Office.

Plus, it looks pretty.

dancedar said,
Office use is like why, according to a 100,000 word phd paper, bankers ger paid so much: because other bankers do.

Everyone uses MS Office because everyone else uses MS Office.

Plus, it looks pretty.

Or because it happens to be the best productivity suite out there?

Zerosignull said,

Or because it happens to be the best productivity suite out there?

Many people don't know that, because they are so used to it. But let them try OO (or whatever that mess is called these days) for a month and they start chanting MSFT in their sleep.

Rohdester said,

Many people don't know that, because they are so used to it. But let them try OO (or whatever that mess is called these days) for a month and they start chanting MSFT in their sleep.

OpenOffice.org is in a mess right now. Oracle did something bad, and the original OOo developers quit and created their own fork of OOo called "LibreOffice". Well, Oracle donated OOo to Apache now, let's see what will happen.

The only way OOo to become successful, is if they don't break the formatting of documents I created with Office 2010. I want 100% Formatting Fidelity.

thenonhacker said,

OpenOffice.org is in a mess right now. Oracle did something bad, and the original OOo developers quit and created their own fork of OOo called "LibreOffice". Well, Oracle donated OOo to Apache now, let's see what will happen.

The only way OOo to become successful, is if they don't break the formatting of documents I created with Office 2010. I want 100% Formatting Fidelity.

No offense to the OOo guys but its not a patch on Office 2010. The ribbon has done a great job of exposing more of the suites functionality to the users.

However, I would say as a end home user if I had to pay full price for Office 2010 (being a student is great , ide go for OOo

Max Norris said,
Easy to see why, so much more powerful and comfortable to use than the other options. Especially loving Outlook.

Agreed; the improvements in Outlook alone would have been enough to buy it, at least for me.

Max Norris said,
Easy to see why, so much more powerful and comfortable to use than the other options. Especially loving Outlook.

I'm loving my copy of Office 2010 -- they gave it to me as a reward for testing the Office 2010 Beta/Technical Preview.