Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available For Consumers in the Gulf

By on June 15, 2010
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The new Office suit allows users “to seamlessly work across the PC, phone and browser”.

Press release:
Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Office 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 in the Gulf region today. Consumers can now purchase Office 2010 from retail stores across the Gulf region. Consumers can now experience a rich set of productivity and collaboration tools that Office 2010 offers; allowing them to seamlessly work across the PC, phone and browser virtually anywhere, anytime.

Microsoft Office 2010 is available in 10 languages, including Arabic and will expand to 94 languages. Office 2010 can be purchased with the most popular desktops and laptops from leading PC makers including Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

“Microsoft’s commitment to innovation has empowered people to be more productive and creative and has helped transform the way they work. As more and more people across the Gulf region embrace mobile applications and social networking tools to share information and stay connected, Office 2010 offers them greater buying choice, making it easier than ever before to unlock the power of Office on new and existing PCs. Microsoft Office 2010’s enhanced and easy-to-use tools gives people rich and powerful capabilities to deliver their best work  at work, home or school; on their computer, from a Windows Mobile-based Smartphone or via a Web browser,” said Elias Tabet, Business and Marketing Director, Microsoft Gulf. “Following the great response to the Office 2010 beta and the success of Windows 7, we predict this will be the biggest release of Office, ever,” added Tabet.

Few of the new features in Microsoft Office 2010 include:
• Create great looking documents and presentations. Express creativity in PowerPoint 2010 presentations with new video and photo editing features. Add extensive text effects and table formatting options in Word 2010. Reveal important trends in data with Sparklines in Excel 2010. OneNote 2010 makes everything you need simple to find, organize and share.

• Connect and work together more simply. Advanced e-mail management and calendaring capabilities in Outlook 2010, and the new Outlook Social Connector help people stay productive and in touch with personal and business networks. Work with others more efficiently using new co-authoring in Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010 and OneNote 2010. Deliver presentations over the Web with new PowerPoint Broadcast Slideshow.

• Get things done from anywhere. With Office 2010 and the Office Web Apps – the online companions to Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, people have the freedom to view, edit, and share Office 2010 documents in the cloud with Windows Live SkyDrive. The Office Web Apps preserve the look and feel of Office documents, so valuable content and formatting are not compromised while moving between the PC, phone and browser.

From a survey of Office 2010 beta users, Microsoft found 75 percent say they plan to buy Office 2010 within six months. The Office 2010 beta program had over nine million downloads, more than six times the size of the Office 2007 beta – indicating strong consumer interest in Office 2010. In the next year, more than 100 million PCs will ship with Office 2010 preloaded, which can easily be activated with the purchase of any one of the three versions of Office 2010, including Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business 2010, or Office Professional 2010.

Additionally, Office Mobile 2010 is available from Windows® Phone Marketplace for all Windows Mobile 6.5 phones. People using Office Mobile 2010 can perform lightweight editing of Office documents and take notes on the go, or work on Office documents stored on their phone or attached to an e-mail.


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