Today Microsoft released the new version of its productivity suite Office 2010, and is available for purchase at 35,000 retail stores and at several online retail stores including Amazon.com
Office 2010 suite was announced last year and the beta version has been downloaded 9 million times. Office 2010 includes some interesting features across the applications. Microsoft also released web versions of these applications in US, UK, Ireland and Canada. Using these applications users can view, edit and share Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote documents from the web interface via SkyDrive.
Some of the enhancements in this release include, video and photo editing features in PowerPoint presentations, text effects and table formatting options in Word, and Sparklines in Excel.
Office 2010 Home and Student version is priced at $149.99,Office 2010 Home and Business runs at $249.99, and the professional version retails at $499.99. Office 2010 is available in 10 languages and will expand to 94 languages.
OpenOffice, Google Docs and Zoho are great alternatives that are free!
Ubuntu 10.04 is an excellent free alternative for Windows 7.
I think the boxed version of Office 2010 Professional is $499, while the download is $349. I could get a decent computer with a great free OS like Ubuntu WITH OpenOffice (also free) bundled with it for that price!
Now, thats sweet especially in this tough economy!