Review of Microsoft Office 2010 - Installation, Features and Drawbacks
Microsoft Office 2010 was officially released to end-consumers on June 15th, 2010 after nearly a year of public and free beta. Office 2010 represents the 14th version [there was no 13th version though] of what is arguably the most successful shrink-wrapped consumer application software in human history. Three independent software applications that were hugely successful Word, Excel and PowerPoint were bundled together and launched as a product suite first in 1989 for Apple Mac and in 1990 for Windows 2.0. The real breakthrough happened on August 30, 1992, when Microsoft launched Office Suite for Windows 3.0.
For nearly 20 years, Microsoft has enjoyed market dominance. Business-Week talked of 400 million copies and 80% market share for Microsoft Office in 2006. As of today, nearly one third of Microsoft's annual revenue of $20 billion comes from Office; it is also the most profitable division for Microsoft.
Several attempts have been made in the past to fight the market dominance of Microsoft Office – Sun Microsystems [now part of Oracle Corporation] with their pioneering Star Office; Open Source team with their Open Office; IBM with their Lotus Symphony; and recently Google with their Google Docs; Adobe and Yahoo have their own versions too. Chennai based Zoho is a major player too. Clearly the cloud based versions that include Google Docs will pose a viable threat to Microsoft Office in the years to come.
Against the backdrop comes Microsoft Office 10. The key components of Office 2010 include :
Outlook [e-mail] is included in the Small Business edition. Professional Edition includes several advanced features that include :
Microsoft Office 2010 & its strengths
Office 2010 builds on the widely popular Office application interface, yet it improves on the ser interface.
Weaknesses in Office 2010
Microsoft has proved that its products continue to be relevant and add value in spite of stiff competition emerging from every quarter. It will be interesting to watch the customer acceptance of Office 2010 in the next couple of quarters.