Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that businesses are deploying Office 2010 at a much faster rate than the previous 2007 version.
“When we released Office 2010 to the world one year ago, our critics weren’t easy on us,” said Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Office, Takeshi Numoto. “They said we were heading in the wrong direction by continuing to invest in our desktop applications in addition to the cloud.” Microsoft says that this couldn’t be anymore wrong.
“There’ve been more predictions of the PC’s demise. But the reality is, based on the market results we see in our sales and adoption data, people continue to love Office on the desktop,” said Numoto. Businesses are now deploying Office 2010 five times faster than they deployed Office 2007. Office 2010 is also the fastest-selling version of Office in history. “Nearly 50 million people worldwide use Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share their documents from anywhere with a browser and an Internet connection,” added Numoto.
Microsoft previously revealed in October that the company had sold six million copies of Office 2010. The company didn’t reveal any additional sales figures on Wednesday but reaffirmed that the software is selling well. Office is currently used by more than 750 million users worldwide according to Microsoft. Office 2010 was the first release of the productivity suite to include both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Microsoft packed both versions onto one DVD across seven different flavours. Office 2010 also includes a free version with Microsoft Word and Excel. The free version, dubbed Office Starter, contains reduced functionality of Word and Excel and advertising.