Today (June 15, 2010) Microsoft Office 2010 hit retail availability, and Microsoft is dropping $80 million in advertising to spread the word. The look of the new ad campaign is pretty different from the previous versions of Office. It basically shows happy people on light colored backgrounds with big bold text. Ho hum.
I don’t know if I like the ads, but I sure do like Office 2010. I’ve been running it in beta since May 2009. I jumped on the RTM bits when they went live and Office 2010 is really solid. Dare I say, “rock solid”. I don’t use spreadsheets with 1.5 million rows or anything, so I stuck with the 32-bit edition of Office 2010 even though I run 64-bit Windows 7. The performance is amazing.
Not to be a fanboy or anything, but Windows 7 with Office 2010 really is the Dynamic Duo. Not since I ditched Windows 3.1 for Windows 95 have I been this impressed with Microsoft’s products. Today we delivered some new HP desktops with Intel i5 and i7 processors, and the performance was jaw dropping for the client… literally, no exaggeration. They stood slack-jawed looking at the speed of the new machines.
There probably won’t be a ton of Office 2007 to 2010 migrations (unless clients have Software Assurance). But seriously, if you or your clients are running XP with Office XP or Office 2003, I’ve got one thing to say:
“Good enough ain’t good enough anymore.”
Don’t take my word for it. Download a FREE trial and go check out Windows 7 and Office 2010 and see for yourself.