|Microsoft Office 2010 launches locally|
Thursday, 22 April 2010 10:31
The newest release of Office 2010 allows users to work on files from any PC, any browser and nearly every smarthphone.
Albie Bester of Microsoft says Office 2010 will make a real difference in home and business users’ loves, especially if they centralise their working lives around email.
“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.
The social media integration is one of the key features of Office 2010.
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,” said Bester.
Big news for corporates is the ability to co-author a document, online or offline at the same time or different times.
A lightweight version of Office 2010’s Web Apps like Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote will be available to consumers free of charge through Windows Live. Business users can run Web Apps via a server running SharePoint.
“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.
Business users can expect Office 2010 as early as next month and the consumer version will hits shelves in July. Prices are expected to be 40% less than the previous version.
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