Microsoft launched Windows Vista and Office 2007 at the same time and the results were, erm... mixed. This time around more than six months have passed since Windows 7 hit shop shelves and only now is Office 2010 set to test the resolve of our wallets. What can this mean? Probably nothing, but hopes are high...
Over the weekend Office 2010 finally hit RTM (Release to Manufacturing) which means the code is locked down and the software is now being sent to manufacturers, businesses and retailers.
"Earlier today we reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010!," said an enthused Microsoft Office vice president Takeshi Numoto. "Our Volume License customers with active Software Assurance (SA) on these products will be one of the first to receive the 2010 set of products. They will be able to download the products in English via the Volume Licensing Service Center starting April 27. Customers without SA will be able to purchase the new products through Volume Licensing from Microsoft partners starting May 1."
Outside this business customers will get Office 2010 on 12 May with consumers shown some love from June. This is in line with projections Microsoft made back in December and continues a hugely welcome spell of the Redmond giant getting its major products out bang on time. We also got formal Office 2010 pricing in February, so you've had plenty of time to save up.
For more check-out our Microsoft Office 2010 review of the Technical Preview. In short, perhaps much like Vista, Office 2007 was the product which took the major jump from its previous generation, but divided critics and customers alike. Fingers crossed, as with Windows 7, the second iteration of this guise of Office will be the one which gets hearts aflutter.
That is, if your heart gets set aflutter by spreadsheets... you weirdo, you.