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Microsoft Office 2010 offered as free upgrade

Microsoft Office 2010 will be a free upgrade for mobile customers, but pricing for the retail and online version of Office 2010 is yet to be revealed before it hits shelves in June.

Microsoft Office 2010Microsoft Australia yesterday announced the local availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, as well as Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010, for business customers. Retail versions of the software are expected on June 15th, with pricing to be confirmed before release. Customers who are using Microsoft Office for Mobile will be able to download Office 2010 for Mobile as a free upgrade from Microsoft Marketplace with their phone (if they have version 6.1 of Windows Mobile or newer).

Tracey Fellows, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia said the new Office 2010 suite, combined with SharePoint 2010 and new Office Web Applications, has made the cloud a reality for Australian businesses.

“Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will redefine how Australian businesses can use technology to save, innovate and grow.”

“People are working differently and expect their software to work the way they do. The 2010 products reflect this generational change by delivering the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser so you can be productive wherever you are – at home, at a customer site, on an airplane or even without a PC, because you can now access your documents across a range of devices,” said Fellows.

Microsoft’s Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 beta program saw an unprecedented 8.6 million people use the Office 2010 suite prior to the launch.

Microsoft Australia customers including the NSW Department of Education and Training are already deploying Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 to create “dynamic educational materials that will enhance teaching and learning”.

Stephen Wilson, Chief Information Officer, New South Wales Department of Education and Training said, “Our goal is to build a collaborative learning community where teachers and students can preserve their learning story and showcase their achievements. An environment where millions of connections are made and shared.  Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 will help our teachers and students build the foundation for 21st century learning.”

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