People are talking…talking about Microsoft Office 2010. Since its release a year ago, people are continuing to love Office, and it shows in the numbers: business customers are deploying Office 2010 five times faster than they deployed Office 2007. Nine out of 10 users say it is the best version ever, and 96 percent would recommend it to others. With such rave reviews, what comes with this new user experience?

With the latest version of Office, we are embracing three major technology trends that have been evolving over the past few years: social networking, mobile computing and cloud computing. Together, these technologies are enabling people to connect to others and information from any device, anywhere. Multimedia features facilitate the ability to create awesome-looking documents; social media integration with Outlook social connector keeps us on top of busy schedules; tools are now present for managing email overload and online capabilities with Office Web applications. And that’s just the beginning.

Nixon Peabody LLP, a global law firm with a main practice here in Los Angeles, has seen the true value of Office first hand. The company has saved an estimated $50,000 and increased overall productivity with the implementation of the latest version of the product. By deploying Office 2010, they were able to enhance client management, generate effective collateral that met the firm’s standards and streamline costs by reducing third-party fees.

We will continue to evolve Office to meet the changing needs of consumers and businesses, from Anaheim to Mannheim and everywhere in between. Check out Ten Behind Office 2010, a series about the employees behind some of the new and updated features in Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. To get your very own Office 2010 and other products, visit the Microsoft Stores in Costa Mesa, Mission Viejo or the upcoming Westfield Century City location, opening June 30.