Microsoft: Office 2010 turns one, is the fastest-selling version ever

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One year after the release of Microsoft Office 2010, the company behind it has some milestones to share. Microsoft says its business customers are deploying Office 2010 five times faster than they deployed Office 2007.

Office 2010 adds multimedia features for creating better-looking documents, social media integration with Outlook Social Connector, more tools for managing email overload, and online capabilities with Office Web Apps. To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Microsoft has created a Top 10 Office 2010 Features slideshow.

The company has also declared Office 2010 the fastest-selling version of Office ever, though it didn't offer specific numbers to back that claim up. The software giant did, however, reveal that nearly 50 million people worldwide use Office Web Apps to view, edit, and share their documents from anywhere with a browser and an Internet connection. In a recent survey of Office 2010 users, 9 out of 10 said it's the best version of Office they've used. 96 percent would recommend it to others. If you're interested in more numbers like this, Microsoft has put together an infographic, which we've embedded below:

"When we released Office 2010 to the world one year ago, our critics weren't easy on us," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. "They said we were heading in the wrong direction by continuing to invest in our desktop applications in addition to the cloud. Even more recently, there've been more predictions of the PC's demise. But the reality is, based on the market results we see in our sales and adoption data, people continue to love Office on the desktop and they're embracing Office in the cloud."

Microsoft Office 2010 was released to retail customers on June 15, 2010. It is available in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, and in 96 languages.

On November 17, 2010, Microsoft sent out invitations on Microsoft Connect to a select number of testers to test a beta build of Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The final release of SP1 is slated for later this year.

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