Microsoft Predicts Fastest-Ever Adoption of New Office Software


Microsoft Corp. expects customers to adopt the new version of Office at the fastest pace in the software’s 20-year history, helping reverse a sales slump and fend off competition from Google Inc.’s Web-based programs.

The software has been tested by 7.5 million users, three times as many as any previous version, signaling that adoption will be quick, said Chris Capossela, a senior vice president in the Office group. Users are also likely to upgrade to the new package of business software at the same time they install Windows 7, released last year, he said.

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