Microsoft puts stake in future with Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

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Microsoft aims to pave the way of software’s future with the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, not to mention the availability of Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 that will target business customers worldwide. With over 90 million businesses being able to deploy the 2010 suite of products, Microsoft hopes that their customers will be able to check out significant productivity gains alongside greater return on their software investments. If you happen to own a business, how about considering an upgrade? Of course, it will cost you some assuming you run a rather large company, but check out the benefits after a jump and let us know of your decision in the comments afterwards.

Apparently, a commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, “The Total Economic Impact of Implementing Microsoft’s Integrated Office Productivity Platform,” sometime this month, evaluated the 2010 releases of Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Office Communications Server 2007 R2. With a quartet of fundamental elements including costs, benefits to the entire organization, flexibility and risk being employed, it seems that the Return On Investment for a composite organization was found to be 301% with a payback period of 7.4 months after deployment. It also pointed to the fact that said composite organization would see more than $13 million in savings over a three-year period and on average (guess that depends on just how much access to Facebook your employees get), a savings of over two work weeks annually – now how about that!

The new suite of products are touted to offer a familiar productivity experience across a variety of platforms including the PC, phone and browser, where Office 2010 and related products are more than capable of delivering new capabilities to help people hook up and collaborate with co-authoring in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft OneNote, boasts advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Microsoft Outlook, not to mention the addition of the new Microsoft Outlook Social Connector that offers communication history and social network feeds directly into Outlook. You will now be able to work virtually anywhere with Microsoft Office Web Apps, which is actually cloud computing from Microsoft being the online companions to Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and OneNote. Sounds like it couldn’t come too soon, eh?

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3 reviews or comments

Paul Says: May 16, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I find OpenOffice is a great alternative. It’s free and works very well with GoogleDocs and Zoho. It’s like my Offline Zoho or Google Docs. Very useful when the Internet is slow or not available. In fact, I find it has several features that ‘online word processors’ don’t (& I’m not even a power user) ;)

I use the extension OpenOffice.org2GoogleDocs (gdocs_2.2.0.oxt 2.2.0): This extension helps me upload to Google Docs or Zoho in just 2 clicks!

I also sometimes use Lotus Symphony which I find very helpful.

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