Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th May 2010 15:41 UTC
Microsoft The 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.
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RE: Recently installed the beta
by lemur2 on Fri 14th May 2010 00:01 UTC in reply to "Recently installed the beta"
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I recently installed the beta and used Word 2010 and again hands down it crushes the last remnants of competition. If you are on office 2003 or earlier you should also try Outlook 2007 or later as its also one of the best products for general use I have ever used. Office defines "Friendly". Office 2010 ribbon is customizable, which removes the final gripe people had about Office 2007. My general feeling with Microsoft is that they are so-so on the client OS front (Xp was fine, vista was terrible, 7 is sweet), really solid on the server arena (2000,2003,2008 server) and quite impressive in their other offerings (Active directory, SQL Server, and Office is best in class). I don't understand why any linux user wouldn't be excited about using a web based version of office. It lets you use your OS of choice and a productivity application that is best in class. Google doesn't even come close, sorry. Morglum

Here is a counter-viewpoint, written (by someone else) from a small business perspective, presented here in the interests of some balance to outlandish claims such as that quoted above:

Microsoft is getting ready to ship Office 2010, but a lot of small businesses realize they don't need all the features (or licensing costs) that come with Microsoft Office. The front-runners for Office replacements are and Google Docs, but which one is right for your business?

Apart from the fact that there are perfectly viable, perfectly useable and functional free (and freedom, e.g. from audit by the BSA) solutions to Office software available to businesses, there is also the important points of data interoperability and data "sovreignity" to consider.

If one wants to be able to inter-operate, both now and into the future, with other businesses and government departments, who may use any of OpenDocument (ISO/IEC 26300), legacy MS Office (.doc et al) or ECMA 376 (.docx et al), then OpenOffice is the clear and obvious choice.

PS: Note that MS Office 2010 does not support either standards-compliant ODF (ISO/IEC 26300) nor OOXML (ISO/IEC 29500) formats.

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