Microsoft Office 2010 to be preloaded on 80% of PCs

Microsoft expects 80 per cent of the PCs sold after it launches the retail version of Office 2010 on June 15 to be preloaded with the new software.

Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s business division, formally announced the availability of the latest version of its office productivity suite, Office 2010, to business customers at a relatively low-key event in New York. He said consumers will have several options for trying out the new software before paying online for a digital key that will unlock the complete suite.

He described the new software as “an epic release” that combines the best from desktop and cloud-based computing. “This is a generational moment. Welcome to the future of productivity. Welcome to Office 2010,” Mr Elop told his audience.