posted by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th May 2010 15:41 UTC
IconThe Microsoft empire is built upon two pillars: the Windows operating system, and Microsoft Office. Windows 7 made its way unto the scene last year, and now it's time to work on the other pillar. Today, Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Regular customers will be able to purchase the new versions next month, starting at 119 USD.

How do you summarise the new features in such a massive product? You can now edit photos within the Office applications, there's a whole boatload of new collaboration and online document sharing features, the interface has been improved, but most importantly, Office 2010 marks Microsoft's first move into online document editing - much in the same way Google Docs works.

Microsoft will offer both a free, ad-supported online version which has some advanced features removed, as well as a full-featured ad-less version that is part of the regular package.

Work virtually anywhere with Microsoft Office Web Apps, the online companions to Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and OneNote. Along with easy access to documents from virtually anywhere, Web Apps help preserve the look and feel of a document regardless of device, so content and format are generally preserved while moving between the PC, phone and browser.

"Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 define the future of productivity," said Stephen Elop, president of the Microsoft Business Division, "With the 2010 set of products, organizations will save, innovate and grow as their people benefit from working across the PC, phone and browser."

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