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A billion people now rely on Microsoft Office to get things done. That didn’t happen overnight, so I took a quick look back (via Did You Know factoids).
As a GenX’er, I wonder how we tolerated our primitive applications back in the ‘80s. But hey, back then they were all we had. It was cool just to be able to use a GUI-based computer and capture ideas in a nifty Word processing app. But now we have video and photo editing in PowerPoint, co-authoring from the Web in OneNote, and a Ribbon that allows us to do most tasks in one click. Thank goodness the green screen and DOS days are behind us.
I thought a little trip down memory lane would be appropriate because last week’s launch of Office 2010 marked another milestone in delivering on our original vision: To produce great tools to help people get things done. We take pride in the rich history of Microsoft Office, a history that millions of customers have helped us shape.
So when you try Office 2010—and we hope you will—if you have some fond memories of your trusty word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet programs of the last few decades, we’d love to hear them. Maybe these milestones from Office history will spark a few: