Six million copies of Office 2010 sold, fastest-selling consumer version ever

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Oct 10 11:20 am with 1 Comment

Microsoft said this week that Office 2010 is officially the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history.

More than six million copies have been sold so far since the release in June. 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.

Microsoft also began offering their Office applications online earlier this year. The software maker recently announced that they have surpassed 20 million users on their Office Web Apps. Microsoft’s biggest competitor in online document editing, Google Docs, currently has over 25 million users. Office Web Apps easily integrate with your Windows Live ID and several online services from Hotmail, Facebook and Docs.com also allow you to share documents from your SkyDrive.

Microsoft’s Office for Mac 2011 is due to go on-sale worldwide on October 26. Office for Mac won’t come with all the components that are available in Office Professional Plus for Windows, but will support Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Office 2011 for Mac also sees the return of Outlook on the Mac, offering similar functionality and appearance, including a Mac inspired theme ribbon, as Outlook 2010 for Windows.

Office for Mac 2011 will also allow for multiple document editing, so users can edit the same document at the same time, without getting a lockout notice.  Office for Mac will include document sharing with other Mac and Windows office users, through SharePoint, SkyDrive and web apps.