The news should be nowhere near amazing for two reasons.
The first reason is that it has been shown that Office 2007 was less than huge in popularity, as the ribbon-interface was a “love it or hate it, but no middle ground” proposition, and many who tried it, absolutely hated it.
The second is that it came along as the release of Vista, which was a pig in sheep’s clothing, and was so unacceptable to many that they reverted to Windows XP. That made the continuation of using Office 2003 very simple, as it was less a resource drain than Office 2007.
Office 2007 also offered little in the way of innovation, other than the aforementioned ribbon-interface. It was simple to avoid, unless you were tasked with using it at work.
On the other hand, Office 2010 really offers a little in upgraded features, and a great deal in usability when paired with Windows 7. The two are synergistic, and someone like me, who thinks that Office XP was the zenith of Microsoft business application quality must admit that there is a valid reason to upgrade, if you are also running Windows 7.
Of course, Microsoft has to put it into a dramatic perspective, with a couple of comparisons for searing the popularity into the consume market’s mind -
Six months have passed since Office 2010’s launch and Microsoft has began bragging about the software’s success, calling it ‘the fastest-selling consumer version of Office in history’. According to the Redmond company, on average, one Office 2010 license was sold every second since release.
Moreover, in the last 6 months, the Office Web Apps were used by more than 30 million people for their document needs.
Microsoft also said that 2010 was the 8th consecutive year with Microsoft Office being the number one selling software product in US retail, measured by dollar volume.
Though some might think that last claim is nothing of a big deal, as the list price is so very high for the package, it must be remembered how often the package is discounted in various ways, with the different overall packages, and the fact that each copy is legally installable on two machines.
That tends to make the feat a much more impressive one overall, and makes this writer wonder why more effort is not made by others, once more than bit players in the same retail space, such as Corel (WordPerfect) and Lotus (IBM), not work harder to make a choice of the Microsoft product less than a foregone conclusion.