Microsoft Office 2010 is Free, Allowing More Users Than Ever to Make Ugly Powerpoint Presentations

Hey, you know Microsoft Office, that thing you’ve been downloading illegally for free all these years? It would seem that Microsoft’s finally catching up with the current state of computing – in June, they’ll be offering it for free, for real.

In a move more than likely inspired by Google Docs’ sudden usefulness to people who want to be able to use one set of tools across the cloud, Microsoft will be releasing a free, ad-supported, online version of Office along side a more robust, un-free version in June. The hope is that, as approximately 90% of Office users are business users, they’ll prefer the traditional, expensive, fancy-pants Office anyway – after all, the last thing a high-powered exec wants is to have to look at an Evony ad while typing up a financial presentation.

[Via Seattle Times]

Written by Ty Dunitz

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#1
Codie
May 10th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Doesn’t really affect me until they release the mac version for free but Hooray MS is actually doing something good for once!!

Hopefully Apple does the same with its own iWork. Yay for competition!!

 
 
#2
Nik
May 10th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Unless they’re high ups in the SEC…then they may prefer the version with the Evony ads.

 
 
#3
Monkey Crayons
May 11th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

OpenOffice.org is still better and doesn’t have the bloatware or bugs of MS Office. Open source is always better.

 
 
#4
User of Office
May 16th, 2010 at 12:02 am

Open source may be better for some thinmgs, but business analysts and other folk (like me) tend to use the programming object library and VBA functionality. Until open soure can make VBA style interaction as simple as office only the ‘front end users’ making simple spreadsheets and powerpoints will prefer the much more basic open source…

 
 
#5
Evony-Irony
May 16th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

The irony is truly amusing. To the immediate right of your article is a cleavage-filled Evony ad. Nothing like deriding Microsoft for an offense of which you are equally guilty. Hypocrisy, thy name is Dunitz.

 
 
#6
Sachin Ghodke
May 27th, 2010 at 8:27 am

The conclusion is exactly what I thought of. Why would I want to see ads when I am seriously preparing presentations or writing project proposals? But, I think, MS thinks other wise and latching onto the Google Model would be easy.

 
 
#7
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May 29th, 2011 at 2:40 am

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#8
wingwinder
June 22nd, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I’m sorry all i saw on this article was:

“I hate Microsoft lolololololol.”

Seriously, what the ***** is this?

 
 
#9
lacoste shirts
April 28th, 2011 at 6:56 am

open soure can make VBA style interaction as simple as office only the ‘front end users’ making simple spreadsheets and powerpoints will prefer the much more basic open source

 
 
#10
behroz
December 23rd, 2010 at 11:57 am

@wingwinder

This is a fanboy’s blog!
Techi is good but the fanboyism brings its standards down to the toilet hole.

 
 
#11
fred perry online shop
May 6th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Doesn’t really affect me until they release the mac version for free but Hooray MS is actually doing something good for once!

 

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