While business got their hands on Office 2010 yesterday Microsoft today has announced when we punters will see it on shop shelves.
15 June is the day arguably the most important version of Office in Microsoft's history will be made widely available. The Office portfolio will be released in Student, Home and Professional packages.
Office 2010 Student will include Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for £109.99, Home will bundle the same plus Outlook for a much scarier £239.99 (I'd personally pay the £129.99 difference to avoid using Outlook) and Professional matches Home while adding in Publisher and Access for a truly terrifying £429.99. Concessionary upgrade pricing will also be made available.
Why do I say it is arguably the most important version of Office in Microsoft's history? Not for what you'll pay for, but for what you won't pay for. Office 2010 marks the arrival of Office Live (also known as 'Office Web Apps'), the free online version of this productivity suite which will go head-to-head with Google Docs and, to a lesser extent, Acrobat.com.
We have already seen Microsoft do a deal with Facebook to bring a version of Office Live (dubbed Docs.com) to social networking fans to build awareness, but the real acid test will be in whether the company can start to haul back the lead it has given Google in the Cloud space.
If this can be done anywhere it is with the familiarity of Microsoft Office, but that still remains a bit if...