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:
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.
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.
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
With a single product key card, will be still be able to install another copy on my laptop (Office always had that: "You may install another copy on a portable device for use by the single primary user of the licensed device." If not, more than one license prices have gotten expensive.
I have always used Pro SKU since I need Access. Earlier I upgraded from Office 2003 Professional to Office 2007 Professional for $279. I installed one copy on my desktop and other on my laptop as the license permits "one portable device". Now even if I spend $349, I can get single Pro SKU? Can I install it on my laptop or do I have to shell out $499 (as against $279?) That's $220 extra just for acquiring 2 Pro copies? Please clarify.
ANY chance we might get Academic or *at least* Starter edition on DreamSpark?
I am confused as to why Publisher only offered in big "Pro" versions.
In our home, my middle-school children often use it to create fun greeting cards for friends, or do minor graphic banners.
Since MS took away our beloved Digital Image suite, the only remaining similar product was Publisher. Doesn't make sense for it to be available in Pro version only!?
I have to say, I'm disappointed that the cards are only good for one license--it's especially sad in the case of Home & Student, where you essentially asking us to take a 20% discount in exchange for 67% less value. Even in the other cases, it's a roughly 30% discount for 50% less value. Any one who bothers to do a few seconds worth of math is going to buy the full boxed version, and frankly that's a waste from an environmental perspective.
That's one of the things that used to drive me crazy about OneCare too: I could by it electronically direct from Microsoft for $50 for a year, or get a deeply discounted version from Best Buy or Amazon.com for closer to $30 - $20 for a year. It was actually substantially cheaper to buy a new boxed copy each year. I usually think it's pretty obnoxious to just use the "FAIL!" card, but that's one case where it's hard to avoid playing it. I don't consider myself a fanatical environmentalist, but still I cringe at the idea of buying something in a box that will substantially outlive the usefulness of the product itself. Even though the Win7 boxes are a lot better than the ones from the Vista era, I wish you'd never stopped using cardboard to begin with.
Especially now, when Click-to-Run makes downloaded purchases easier than ever, this is pretty frustrating. Personally, I'd rather have the cards and the boxed copies be identical from a licensing standpoint--even if that meant the prices were the same, or maybe simply discounted more modestly (e.g., 5-10%).
If you need this info in FRENCH, go there : http://blogs.technet.com/backstage_2010/archive/2010/01/05/office-2010-premier-prix.aspx
La même info en FRANCAIS et plus de 100 autres billets se trouvent sur le blog officiel Office 2010 :
Open office, anybody?
Screw this - Google Docs is the suite of the new world order
Why do you took Outlook from the normal Home-Version?? What's with your Win-Phone users? Do you want them to change? Without Outlook they can't sync their phone with the pc and others. And the Live Mail is bullshit!
The Home&Business is just for 2 PCs, not suitable and to expensive for familys.
Please put Outlook in an payable and licenced for 3PCs box.
That's not a bad price at all for the Student and Home edition versions of Microsoft Office. I have been using the 2010 beta and have to say that it runs exceptionally well for a beta, and does a fine job with allowing me to work with all versions of Office and all types of different Excel/Word applications. Keep up the good work Microsoft Office development team.
Where's the Mac version?
Yes, Office 2010 will come in both 32 bit and 64 bit editions. This has announced widely months ago.
“Meanwhile the Office 2010 beta is generating record interest and use, surpassing the previous Office 2007 beta download rate.”
That’s mainly because it’s free license.
Things would be really different when paying money is involved.
Will there be upgrade pricing from Office 2007? If not, then that would be a major marketing blunder.
Microsoft - follow Adobe's example and market your consumer grade home products at price points that make them easy to buy. Maybe <$100. Open source is real attractive and very reliable.