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
When will it be released in Asia? And recommended retail price please.
with warmest and kindest hello to our Office team
kindy get Ready to release the Microsoft Office 2010 on time ( date we said on last e-mail)...
Ali Abedinzadeh Pishbin
The new product key card is a nice idea (less packaging - more profit), however the fact that it is a single OEM license means that for retail customers it is overpriced, see:
The convenience of simply inputting a code into preinstalled trial of Office 2010 on a new PC is great :-), this already existed with Office 2007 at least for the cheapest version of Office 2007, the Home and Student edition. So it is nice that you can now do this for all 2010 editions.
However whereas the retail boxed versions of Office 2010 will activate a preinstalled trial on up to 3 new computers, the keycard version in comparison is only a single OEM license allowing 1 activation with no transfer rights. Per activation the keycard is a worse deal.
Most retail customers do not know what OEM software is, so to sell the OEM software through retail channels without explicitly stating what the OEM license is would be a bad idea given Microsoft’s dominant market position. Something very clear would need to be stated in BOLD on the front of the keycard package such as:
"Keycard key activates Office 2010 on 1 PC preloaded with the Office 2010 Trial software, once activated the key can never be used to activate Office 2010 on any other PC in the future even if the Office 2010 software is removed from the original PC on which Office 2010 was activated"
Even then the Retail VS OEM concept may still be lost on most consumers. Because quite simply if you buy something at a retail outlet, well you expect it to have a retail license!
Having said that how many users of retail versions of Office 2007 Home and Student actually use all 3 installs? That would be an interesting fact to know, if the vast majority of retail consumers only use 1-2 installs, and never transfer the license to another PC then trying to sell an OEM keycard version of Office 2010 through traditional retail channels may be at least be a defendable action.
And then the devil is in the small details ...if you only sell the keycard versions in retail chains like say Frys or MicroCenter that already sell both OEM and Retail versions of Office thats fine, the problem would start if the cards are on the shelf at Walmart, Target, RadioShack and the like which have never sold OEM software.
My fear is that the keycard could end up being a repeat of the Vista Capable lawsuit scenario. Microsoft managed to dodge that bullet as the plaintiffs failed to show that consumers paid more and were thus harmed. In this case it would be very easy to show that consumers had been harmed unless Microsoft treats its consumers who don’t know what they’re buying very, very well.
One suggestion I would make to Microsoft is that when working with their retail partners they tell them to allow a longer in store return policy (say 45-90 days) on the keycards even if activated, so consumers who mistakenly buy the wrong thing can easily take back the keycard and quickly buy a full retail version if that was what they really wanted in the first place.
jorgusch said:"However, I see that the student version does no longer contain Outlook....so you got me in with 2007 and now I am out?"
Home and Student Office 2007 does not include Outlook.
i just got my new gateway computer. and i had a paper due for class and it said that i had to buy home and student 2007. i got really piss off because i bought my computer with hs 2007. and i did not get it. and i dont have enought money to buy hs 2007. so i went over to my girlfriend house to use her apple. i am thinking about to take this computer back to the store and get an apple. the one my girlfriend has comes with everything that i need to do school work. and i dont use internet explorer 8 i use apple safari i like it better. i hope hs 2010 is cheap then hs 2007. and hs means home and student.
Am I charged for the trial version of microsoft office 2010 beta and how long does the trial last.
bis es soweit ist und ich ALLE SEKTOREN und auch das Persönliche Profil dazu, werde ich mir ganz bestimmt Mühe geben, denn ich suche eine liebe und Treue, wie Weltoffene Frau, die noch weiss- wie ROMANTIK- überhaupt noch Funktioniert?!!
Wie auch immer darüber hinaus, will ich hiermit zum Ausdruck bringen, das es in dieser Kurzen Zeit, die man allg. hat zu Beeinflussen; und das war ein Fehler, den ich innerlich immer noch Teuer am Bezahlen bin èè
Mit freundlichen Grüssen:
Daniel Schweizer sen.(- Geb. 01.01.1966 -)
I'm reading a lot of reports via the web that upgrade pricing has been discontinued. If this is true, I strongly urge Microsoft rethink this strategy, or at least explain why this is the case.
Pricing will be what ever Microsoft wants it to be. They are too big to sway with this simple blog.
What I want to know is. If I install the beta version and decide to use it with active data, will the beta license extend until the retail version is released or will the beta version die before the final release along with my email and other data? I am willing to give the beta version a "FULL ON" test but only if I can continue to the paid version without a lapse in licensing.
I think That's not a bad price at all for the Student and Home edition versions of Microsoft Office.but some application are not included in it.Will these application need to be purchased separately.
There is only one reason I have not upgraded to Word 2007, and I really hope you bring back the feature that I most need from Word 2003.
I would like to suggest strongly that the developers bring back the "save versions" feature to Word. As a writer, this is one of the features that is most important to me because I need to save old drafts of what I write. Often I find that I have changed something and that it might have been better in an older draft, and with saved versions it was easy to find these.
Yes, there is an alternative with shadow copy and automatic daily backups (both of which I use), but these are not good alternatives. First, with saved versions I have titles of the versions so I know which one to get, whereas I usually can't remember dates. Secondly, I often want to save more than one draft in a day, making backup and shadow copies useless because they miss many drafts.
The old alternative of saving multiple copies of files, for each draft, clogs my folders. I will often save ten or more drafts of articles I write--a real headache to manage myself.
First, could you please let me know if this feature will return? Second, could someone let me know how to contact the Word 2010 developers to tell them about this important issue? There are many academics and other writers like myself who depend on this feature, but recent changes to Word seemed aimed only at business people (though I'm guessing many of them would like to save versions as well).
Thank you very much,
is it a 64 bit?
OK. Look, I could get the Office Professional 2010. But, Microsoft decided it would cost way over $250. That is way to expensive for me. Although for the Professional Acedamic Version, I do have some Acdademic purposes for it. I believe that Microsoft dosen't put enough programs in the Home and Student Edition. I need Outlook, Publisher, and Access. In Home and Student I don't get them. That's why I don't want Home and Student.
I was wondering what a Microsoft Office volume license would cost for a business with 50 employees. Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks.