Finally it seems that the latest version Microsoft’s flagship product Office is soon to be released. The release date to the general public is set for June 17th 2010 (but of course that could change). Volume licencing is available now so if you have 5 users + using Office, that is a very viable alternative to buying retail products. There have not only been many changes to the suite of Office applications, but the editions have also changed a fair bit.
Microsoft Office 2010 Suite Breakdown:
- Microsoft Office 2010 Home And Student (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint & Word)
- Microsoft Office 2010 Home And Business (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word & Outlook)
- Microsoft Office 2010 Standard (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook & Publisher. NB Volume & MLK Only)
- Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Publisher & Access)
- Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Publisher, Access, Communicator, Infopath & Sharepoint Workspace. NB Volume & MLK Only)
- Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Academic (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, Publisher & Access)
What is MLK you might ask? It is also known as the ‘Product Key Card’ or OEM. When a manufacturer puts together a computer for purchase, if they wish too (most do), it will come with Office pre-installed for you to try out for up to 60 Days. You can purchase during this period a product key card which you enter into your computer and your software then becomes a fully licensed activatable copy. This is a very eco friendly route as it cuts down significantly on packaging and it is very easy for the end user to enter that key. The principle drawback is that the key is then attached to that computer and must stay with that computer even if you change PC’s, this is not an issue with Retail editions.
Needless to say there are many changes to Office 2010 since the previous version, but the ribbon interface introduced in Office 2007 has become far more streamlined and easy to use. Most hardened Office users will not find much not to like about the new release. It is fast, stable and most of all very intuitive to use. Some of the biggest changes are intergration with Microsoft Online allowing you to make use of many of the new cloud based features that Microsoft now offer.
If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to contact someone here at Leaf Technology.