Lifehacker's Complete Office 2010 Guide

We first heard about Office 2010 back in April 2009, but that journey ends today with the retail version finally going on sale in Australia (and a few free copies being handed out in Sydney). Microsoft has long dominated the desktop software market with Office, but is a $209 product still relevant in an era where Google Docs and Microsoft's own Office Web Apps appear to offer the same features for free?

We've covered Office 2010 in-depth ever since those early days, so rather than restate the same history, hit the links below to get up to speed on the key issues.

Hands-On Look At What’s New In Office 2010 While this was written about the first beta version, nothing substantial in feature terms got added in subsequent releases.

Getting The Best Value For Microsoft Office 2010 What Office 2010 will cost you (between $209 and $849). The big nuisance? There's no upgrade pricing for retail buyers.

Should I Upgrade To Office 2010? The answer? It depends.

How Does Office Web Apps Compare To Google Docs? Short version: Office Web Apps handles existing documents much better, but Google easily wins on collaboration.

Choosing Between 32 Or 64-Bit Office 2010 Even if you're running 64-bit Windows, MS recommends the 32-bit approach for now.

Comparing Office 2010 Desktop And Office Web Apps In Pictures What's not included in Office Web Apps? Judging by what's included in the ribbon interface in each product, an awful lot.

Office 2010 Trial Extender Activates Office 2010 For Up To 180 Days If you did sign up for the beta last year, you can get a little more life out of it before plunking down your cash.

A List Of Stuff Microsoft Should Fix In Office 2010 Office 2010 is pretty stable, but does have a few annoying bugs. (Some are already on Microsoft's to-do list.)

Microsoft Upgrades Ribbon Mapping Guides For 2010 Learn your way around the Ribbon with these where-did-it-go? guides.

Planning to upgrade to Office 2010? Tell us why (or why not) in the comments.


Comments

    Worst "complete" guide ever. You didn't mention the academic use only version Microsoft sell on their it's not cheating site. $99 for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher and Access with use restrictions on it.

    http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/itsnotcheating/default.aspx

      That deal does get mentioned in the main pricing post linked in here.

        Ooops, sorry dude. I see it is. Want to update "What Office 2010 will cost you (between $209 and $849)" to reflect this?

    I've been using the beta and RTM at the office and I think it's great, probably the first office I'd pay for, but it's still not worth it for $269 for home use. More work goes into games and those are only $90 a pop.

      agree agree agree
      the consumer pricing on this product is bizarre...

      Surely someone at MS has doing a pricing demand elasticity study but $269 doesn't really reflect it.

      I would upgrade / purchase office every 3 years if it was sub $100 for peace of mind, and the latest and greatest feeling etc.

      Open office and google docs make this pricing model even lamer.

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