Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available for Consumers Worldwide

June 15, 2010

NEW YORK, June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Today, Microsoft Corp. announced the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010. Consumers can now purchase Office 2010 at more than 35,000 retail stores across the globe, such as Best Buy, Fnac, Harvey Norman and PC World; through online retailers, including Amazon.com; and direct from Microsoft at Office.com.

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Office 2010 can also be purchased with the most popular desktops and laptops from leading PC makers including Acer Inc., Asus, Dell Inc., HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Sony Corp. In the next year, more than 100 million PCs will ship with Office 2010 preloaded, which can easily be activated with the purchase of any one of the three versions of Office 2010, including Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business 2010, or Office Professional 2010.

“Working with major retail partners and PC makers, we’ve made dramatic changes in the way we deliver Office 2010 to give consumers more buying choice, making it easier than ever to unlock the power of Office on new and existing PCs,” said Stephen Elop, president, Microsoft Business Division. “For the first time, people can purchase a Product Key Card at retail to activate Office 2010 preloaded on new PCs. For those who want to download Office 2010 direct from Office.com for an existing PC, the new Click-to-Run technology will have them up and running in a matter of minutes.”

Office 2010 Represents a Great Growth Opportunity for Microsoft and Its Partners

“Recent comScore Tech Metrix(TM) data confirms that more than 1 billion PCs worldwide have Office software installed, making it the most widely used productivity suite in the world,” said Mike Hurt, senior vice president of comScore. “This milestone helps illustrate the importance that software products like Microsoft Office have played in shaping the digital world to date.”

Considering there are approximately 1.8 billion Internet users worldwide, Microsoft and its channel partners see an incredible opportunity to deliver Office 2010 to existing and new Office customers around the world.

From a survey of Office 2010 beta users, Microsoft found that 75 percent say they plan to buy Office 2010 within six months. The Office 2010 beta program had more than 9 million downloads — more than six times the size of the 2007 Microsoft Office beta program — indicating strong consumer interest in Office 2010.

“Following the great response to the Office 2010 beta and the success of Windows 7, we predict this will be the biggest consumer release of Office, ever,” Elop said.

Productivity Solutions Across the PC, Phone and Browser

Throughout its development cycle, customer feedback has been critical to the improvements found in Office 2010. Based on this valuable input, Microsoft has made considerable enhancements to help users do the following:

    -- Create great-looking documents and presentations.
       Express creativity in PowerPoint 2010 presentations with new
       video and photo editing features. Add extensive text effects
       and table formatting options in Word 2010. Reveal important
       trends in data with Sparklines in Excel 2010. OneNote 2010
       makes everything you need simple to find, organize and share.

    -- Connect and work together more simply. Advanced e-mail
       management and calendaring capabilities in Outlook 2010 and
       the new Outlook Social Connector help people stay productive
       and in touch with personal and business networks. Work with
       others more efficiently using new co-authoring in Word 2010,
       PowerPoint 2010 and OneNote 2010. Deliver presentations over
       the Web with new PowerPoint Broadcast Slideshow.

    -- Get things done from virtually anywhere. With Office 2010
       and the Office Web Apps - the online companions to Word,
       PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote - people have the freedom to
       save documents directly from Office 2010 to Windows Live
       SkyDrive, then view, edit and share those documents in the
       cloud. The Office Web Apps preserve the look and feel of
       Office documents, so valuable content and formatting are not
       compromised while moving between the PC, phone and browser*

       Office Mobile 2010 also is available from Windows(R) Phone
       Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. People using Office
       Mobile 2010 can perform lightweight editing of Office documents and
       take notes on the go, or work on Office documents stored on their
       phone or attached to an e-mail.

Today, Office 2010 is available in 10 languages and will expand to 94 languages.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

* An appropriate device, Internet connection and supported browser are required. Some mobile functionality requires Office Mobile 2010, which is not included in Office 2010 applications, suites or Web Apps. There are some differences between the features of the Office Web Apps, Office Mobile 2010 and the Office 2010 applications.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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