It's A New Version!
It amazes me that people frivolously hand over their money that they no doubt worked hard for to a company like Microsoft for a product that offers nothing that wasn't available in the previous version.
I mean how many different ways can you repackage what is essentially a word processor and a database application?
And I certainly wouldn't pay for their Outlook application especially when there are alternatives that are a lot better.
Personally I use Open Office and quite frankly I like it much better, even at work.
I actually get more control with the Open Office apps and I donate what I can afford to donate to them for their outstanding work.
Oh, I am sure that Microsoft has made some minor improvements to Office 2010 but it's basically the same thing as it was before warmed over and repackaged as a "new version" with some engineered obsolescence added in to prevent users of previous versions from opening documents made on this version so people are compelled to buy the new version.
I look at it this way, if someone sends me a document and I can't open it, I send it back and ask them to put it into a format that I can open.
I already get enough of that rubbish from Autodesk having to stay current with each new version.
The difference is, I need AutoCAD because nothing else will do but I don't need Microsoft.