Microsoft has announced that Office 2010, will be released in June for South African business users and July for consumers.
Office 2010 is the latest version of the software suite that contains familiar computer applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook.
At the launch Microsoft South Africa’s Albie Bester revealed that South African users may pay less than other markets for their copy of Office 2010. According to Bester Office 2010 will be available locally for between R800 for the student edition and R5199 for more advanced packages adding that this reflects a 40% price reduction compared to Office 2007’s release.
Bester added that giving users greater freedom with regards to how they access Office 2010 was an important design consideration for Microsoft.
“This version of Office allows people to work smarter and faster from virtually any location using any device. Given many people ‘live’ in their email these days, this is a critical factor, and Outlook 2010 takes this to the next level,” he said.
“Through Outlook, people can keep track of email conversations, stay up to date with their co-workers, friends and family, see Facebook updates and LinkedIn pictures for their e-mail contacts, and add a contact as a friend on social networking sites — without ever leaving the application,” continued Bester.
A significant addition to the Office 2010 package is Microsoft’s Web Apps, which includes lightweight Web browser versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. They will be available to consumers free of charge through Windows Live.
“Web Apps allows people to open and work on Office documents from virtually anywhere, on any device with an Internet connection. They can also share documents with friends, family and co-workers anywhere,” explained Bester.
In addition to Office 2010 Microsoft also launched a number of other software platforms, namely Sharepoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010.
“Sharepoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 may not mean much to the average user, but are important parts of most business computing backbones,” explained Bester.
“PC users have long had two frustrations: files are hard to synchronise between multiple devices, and it’s impossible to work on a file that isn’t already on your hard drive,” said Bester. “Sharepoint 2010 is designed for the Internet generation by offering file access from nearly anywhere, and storage that’s separate from the device itself.”
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