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Microsoft Confirms Office 2010 Consumer Launch Date

Gordon Kelly


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...


Office 2010 UK Pre-order Page


May 13, 2010, 10:05 am

I find OpenOffice is a great alternative. It's free and works very well with GoogleDocs and Zoho. It's like my Offline Zoho or Google Docs. Very useful when the Internet is slow or not available. In fact, I find it has several features that 'online word processors' don't (& I'm not even a power user) ;)

I also sometimes use Lotus Symphony which I find very helpful.


May 13, 2010, 11:03 am

Wow, no Publisher in the Home edition? Publisher is far from 'professional', but grumbles aside, how are the majority of home users meant to do desktop publishing work, like three fold leaflets or quick folded-up-A4 birthday cards?

Word has an awful confusing snapping system for positioning photos and shapes. It gets the job done, but unless Word 2010 has changed this, I think some die hard MS Publisher users will be unhappy.

I've lost count of the number of times I've heard "this isn't positioning properly in Word".

Charm El Snake

May 13, 2010, 11:59 am

@Indian-Art - I agree, OpenOffice is perfectly adequate. I would consider using MS Office if the price was anywhere sensible, but I find it impossible to justify spending hundreds of pounds on software that I rarely use and when there are free alternatives out there. And because OpenOffice is basically like Office '97, it doesn't have Microsofts mad/annoying/unfathomable ribbon bar.

If you need lots of commercial software, then it's actually cheaper to sign up for a higher education course and then buy software using your student discount, ie. short course fees + student software is less than standard software price of Office Pro.

Stewart Clark

May 13, 2010, 12:06 pm

I installed Office professional plus 2010 yesterday and, in gerneral, I like it. Big pluses are the paste options so I can now cut a spreadsheet and paste it as text and the new grey colour scheme is easier to work with. Other big change is the file tab. Downside is Outlook which is slow on my quad-core machine.


May 13, 2010, 2:39 pm

@GherkingTR - "quick-folded-up-A4 birthday cards" - erm. perhaps the only time I've ever used publisher :)

Students can purchase Office 2007 now from the Ultimate Steal, and download the fully featured version of Office 2010 when it comes out.

Brian ONeill

May 13, 2010, 5:47 pm

I have been using office 2010 for the past few months. I like it, nice clean and professional interface, easy on the eye. There is not a huge amount of difference between it and 2007, main change is outlook now has the ribbon interface.

Open office is ok for casual use, but for me its like saying a 1990 ford escort will do the job for a car, but i know i would prefer a nice modern model.


May 13, 2010, 7:30 pm

There's always the free Docs.com for basic users who think full Office is overkill. It's not too bad.


May 17, 2010, 10:52 pm

The hand movements in that video are extremely distracting. It's like they were choreographed and are used without any emphasis on what the spokesman is saying, but because he thinks he need to do them.

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