Microsoft has announced the general availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. They are now available at more than 35,000 retail stores around the globe, in addition to being available for purchase at online shopping sites like Amazon. You can also directly order your copy from Microsoft at Office.com.
Microsoft Office was reported to have reached RTM stage in mid-April and was downloaded more than 9 million times during its beta phase. Encouragingly for Microsoft, more than 75 percent of the surveyed beta users expressed their desire to purchase Office 2010 within six months.
Microsoft predicts that in the next year, more than 100 million PCs will ship with Office 2010 pre-installed, which can be easily activated by customers after purchase. For this, Microsoft has tied up with leading manufacturers like Acer Inc., Asus, Dell Inc., HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony Corp. Working with major retail partners and PC makers, we’ve made dramatic changes in the way we deliver Office 2010 to give consumers more buying choice, making it easier than ever to unlock the power of Office on new and existing PCs,said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. For the first time, people can purchase a Product Key Card at retail to activate Office 2010 preloaded on new PCs. For those who want to download Office 2010 direct from Office.com for an existing PC, the new Click-to-Run technology will have them up and running in a matter of minutes.
Office 2010 is available in multiple flavors including Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business 2010 and Office Professional 2010. Check out our earlier post for pricing and edition information.
The new edition introduces several new features along with web based options via Office Web Apps. Check out Keith’s visual guide to new features in Office 2010 and his list of awesome Office 2010 tips and tricks to familiarize yourself with the latest avatar of Microsoft’s office suite