Microsoft has been busy over the last couple of days, not only have they just launched their new cloud Office 365 service, but also Office 2010 SP1, which is now ready for download. However, we would just like to point out that this only updates applications and doesn’t offer any new features. This will be a bit of an issue for those who were hoping for a few extras.
Having said that, we do not normally get new features with a first service pack, so expect more from SP2. It was no secret that there were a few stability issues, along with performance troubles and a problem with security. You will be pleased to know that most of these have now been rectified — well so Microsoft says.
This first update for Microsoft Office 2010 has been a long time coming, as the beta version of SP1 was first released back in November 2010 to a select few. This version that has just been released is very similar with just a few tweaks here and there. We know that this version will not address all your issues with the software, but in time Microsoft will take your complaints into consideration and then work to get them into service pack 2.
According to Redmond Pie there are said to be 50 million Office 2010 users, and is the fastest selling version of the suite so far. This proves that Microsoft still has what it takes when it comes to building software — how come they do not have this same success with mobile operating systems and music players?
Office 2010 was first launched just over a year ago, so has taken all this time for Microsoft to offer up this first update — we just hope that they do not drag their heels with the next service pack. The suite itself was three years in the making and was offered in both 32-bit and 64-bit, but most of you will not really notice the difference.
Some of you might wonder why Microsoft would want to launch a software based Office program, as so many others are now choosing the Cloud option? The good thing is the Redmond company has both covered, but we know in time more people will be shifting over to Cloud, as it is the future. If there were no future in it, then why would Apple be investing heavily in it with iCloud? They now have a brand new data center for use with not only their Mac products but also their iOS devices as well.
Update: We have been informed by Microsoft that they have not quantified the number of people using the suite, but there are 750 million people using various Office suites (all versions) worldwide. Nearly 50 million people use the Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share Office documents from anywhere with a browser and an internet connection.