Office 2010 Beta Hits 2 Million Users

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Microsoft’s upcoming office suite, Office 2010, has jus hit the nice round number of 2 million downloads, making it a fairly massive testing operation.

The word comes from ReadWriteWeb that the open beta of Microsoft’s upcoming OS has managed to attract so much attention that it’s already broken the record set by Office 2007’s open beta program, but it also poses an interesting question, asking just why Microsoft has been so successful in gaining so large a userbase. While they speculate that a lot of it is to do with people being used to Office, and it effectively having a “locked in user base,” there are some other fairly simple reasons.

The biggest is that, for all the minor headaches, the fact is that Microsoft’s Office offering, in pretty much any flavour since Office 2007, has an excellent feel to it, not to mention a mountain of features that’s been building for a very long time indeed. It might seem simple, but the fact that Office has been around as long as it has makes it a formidable opponent.

Of course, the other big issue is that, regardless of the high standard of quality among free versions, the fact is that free software is a bit of a hard sell for many businesses. If people are using Microsoft Office at work, day in day out, then they’re immeasurably more likely to go with Office for home use, if only because it’s what they’re used to. There’s a fair bit of learning in moving from one office suite to another, and people, as a rule, are resistant to change.

Of course, that’s not to say that OpenOffice.org and Google Docs are entirely without their individual charms and uses. The fact is that both OpenOffice and Google Docs offer solid packages (and “free” is a hard price point to argue with), but for many, Microsoft Office is the default choice.

That certainly helps to explain the 2 million people who were interested in getting an early look at Office 2010 for free…

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5 Responses to “Office 2010 Beta Hits 2 Million Users”

  1. Wizartar Says:

    OpenOffice at home is my personal choice, MS Office just isn’t worth the cash unless someone else is pay! Completely overpriced. I’m still running Office 2003 does absolutely everything I require.

    Office has reached the end of it’s useful upgrade cycle, it does everything you could require and now they’re just changing things for the stake of change. Most people have already learned were the stuff was in 2003 then had to find it again 2007! Office is dead to me!

    • komplettie Says:

      I’d be curious to see who else thinks so, I have to admit that I really like the incremental upgrades to Office, and thought the move from 2003 to 2007 was superb. I’ll be interested to see how many people 2010 is a worthwhile move when money is involved 😉

  2. Vanja Says:

    I personally tend to favour SSuite Office’s free office suites. Their software also don’t need to run on Java or .NET, like so many open source office suites, so it makes their applications very small and efficient.

    http://www.ssuitesoft.com

  3. eLm Says:

    i m one of that 2 million users 😀

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