Microsoft Corp. has released Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, as well as Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010, for business customers worldwide.
The productivity suites promise to help users connect and collaborate; work virtually anywhere with Microsoft Office Web Apps; and quickly access data to make real-time decisions.
A commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting, “The Total Economic Impact of Implementing Microsoft’s Integrated Office Productivity Platform,” May 2010, evaluated the 2010 releases of Office, SharePoint, Exchange and Office Communications Server 2007 R2. The Forrester TEI model employs four fundamental elements including costs, benefits to the entire organisation, flexibility and risk.
Based on customer interviews, Forrester constructed a TEI framework for a composite organisation and found the ROI to be 301% with a payback period of 7.4 months after deployment. The study also found that the composite organisation would see more than US$13 million in savings over a three-year period and on average, a savings of more than two work weeks per year.
“We evaluated a number of competitive options in our recent technology assessment, and chose Microsoft Office 2010 as our new desktop productivity standard,” says Mark Mastrianni, manager, global technology licensing and acquisition for GE. “This platform will continue to position GE on the leading edge of technology and provide a clear road map that supports our business priorities in the coming years. Office 2010’s familiar, easy-to-use interface — coupled with its new tools that will enable better collaboration and drive improved efficiency and productivity for our employees and customers — made this selection the right decision for our company.”
Microsoft expects between 40 and 50 million Office users in Asia to benefit from the new productivity features in Office 2010 alone. Languages available at launch include Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Chinese Traditional, Hindi, Thai and Korean. Over the course of the next few months, Office 2010 and related products will eventually be available in 94 languages.
Companies in Asia Pacific that are already experiencing a new level of efficiency, productivity and return on their IT investment using Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 include Singapore's Chio Lim Stone Forest, AgileSolutions, Sony, CWT Logistics and Avande, as well as AAB Insurance in Indonesia, BNZ in New Zealand, and NOK Air in Thailand.
Microsoft Office 2010 is available in two license types. The boxed product of the Office Professional edition of Office 2010 is US$499. The purchase rights allows for usage on two PCs. On the other hand, the Product Key Card, which costs $349, is valid for a single installation of the product. Product Key Cards are designed for use with new PCs preloaded with Office 2010, and include a 25-character Product Key that can be used by the end user to activate one PC preloaded with Office 2010. Product Key Cards do not include a disc; however, a backup download is available until January 2011 for reinstallation on the same PC. The Product Key Card license type is not transferable to another computer.
Volume license customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the products in English from the Volume Licensing Service Center, and volume customers without Software Assurance will be able to get them from Microsoft partners.
Microsoft's announcement came as the technology sector in Asia rebounds, with cloud computing largely contributing to that growth. Springboard predicts a 48% growth in the Asian cloud computing market in 2010, while IDC predicts that the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) IT services market will recover and grow at 9.3% to US$48.7 billion in 2010, compared to 6.5% last year.