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What the Office team will be talking about at CES

What the Office team will be talking about at CES

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Heading into the new year, the Microsoft Office team is motivated more than ever by what we’re hearing about customers’ experiences with Office 2010. Many people think Office is just for the workplace, but millions of people are using Office at home, at school and for their small businesses to get things done. For instance:

  • According to the NPD Group, Office Home and Student was the number one selling PC software product -- including games! -- at retail in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday 2009.
  • Office Home and Student was one of’s top 3 Hot Holiday Bestseller software products in 2009.

Meanwhile the Office 2010 beta is generating record interest and use, surpassing the previous Office 2007 beta download rate. In just seven weeks, more than two million people around the world have downloaded and are using the Office 2010 beta. To get a better appreciation for that number, it’s a rate of more than 40,000 downloads per day. That’s approximately twice the number of people who run the Boston Marathon each year, or the entire population of Olympia, WA, or Annapolis, MD, downloading the Office 2010 beta every day!

Most importantly, 9 out of 10 beta users feel that the Office 2010 beta is an improvement over their current productivity suite.

How much will Office 2010 cost?

In addition to the great momentum statistics, we are also releasing Office 2010 U.S. retail pricing today. Office 2010 will be offered in four versions, to make it easier to choose a version of Office that’s best for you – Office Home and Business, Office Professional, Office Home and Student, and Office Professional Academic. Here’s a chart that outlines the features and pricing for each version.

Version Boxed Product Product Key Card
Office Home and Student $149 $119
Office Home and Business $279 $199
Office Professional $499 $349
Office Professional Academic $99 N/A

  • Office Home and Student boxed product is available in a Family Pack, allowing usage on three PCs in one house
  • Purchase rights for Office Home and Business, Office Professional, and Office Professional Academic boxed product allow for usage on two of your PCs.
  • The Product Key Card is valid for a single installation of the product.

Or click here to download a more detailed guide to each edition.

We’re committed to making Office 2010 the best productivity suite ever, and making it easier for everyone to try, buy and use Office.

Rachel Bondi, General Manager, Microsoft Office

  • How much will Office 2010 Family Pack cost?

  • will visio not be included in the pro version? what about the other applications like groove, infopath, onenote?

  • What, no "Office Azure"??  :-)

  • When is the planned release date for the Middle East?

  • why is it that the Professional Academic costs more then Home and Student? Home and Student comes with Word, Excel and OneNote. THAT'S the one Microsoft should be selling cheap, since it's designed for the basic home and student use.

    THIS is what drives people towards open source, as well as pirating, Microsoft.

  • Is Office 2010 64 bit?

  • When looking at the Word document (Office2010PricingFS.doc) I noticed that InfoPath and

    SharePoint Workspace are not included in any of the packages.  Will these two application need to be purchased separate from Office 2010 Professional or will their be Professional Plus (as that is what the beta is at this moment).  

  • What about upgrade pricing?

  • @Jeremy Bicha

    Office Home and Student ($149) is the only version of Office 2010 that is available in a Family Pack, allowing usage on 3 PCs in one household.

  • Where is the pricing for InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint Workspace 2010..?

  • But what is still not clear is what is Professional Academic? Obviously it's an academic SKU but does it have activation too? Does it include the same apps as Professional? Any more info on it? Why doesn't no retail SKU include Visio and InfoPath? InfoPath *WAS* available in Office "Ultimate". And people have been asking forever to include Visio in *some* SKU.

  • Since InfoPath and SharePoint Workspace (Groove) are not included in any retail SKU, does this mean there is no way to get them now for small and home business customers without a volume license agreement? What happened to the P2P workspace capabilities of Groove? Were they removed in SP Workspace? Also, how can I purchase InfoPath now without VL agreement?

  • HEY! What about upgrade pricing? Office always had upgrade pricing!!! I realize the retail prices have been reduced but this means there is no separate upgrade pricing?

  • First, it is good that you reduced the number of packages. However, I see that the student version does no longer contain you got me in with 2007 and now I am out?

    This might be okay, if the professional academic pack is not only limited to professors or something like that, but as a student working within the uni, I would be screwed without Outlook. Since 2010 is such a good job as well...

  • "Most importantly, 9 out of 10 beta users feel that the Office 2010 beta is an improvement over their current productivity suite."

    In other news, 9 out of 10 beta users were able to recognize that the number on their software was higher than the one they were used to.  The remaining user currently did not use a productivity suite.

    Thank goodness that Open Office continues to work just fine.

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