New data from Dimensional Research suggests that Microsoft predicts selling a boatload of its MS Office 2010 suite next year. The new study reveals that 4% of corporate IT organizations are already using Office 2010.
Now that may not seem significant at first glance, but in reality, the 4% figure is pretty good when you consider that 2010 was just released in May and that growth has been significant in the first six months.
Microsoft typically struggles when they release new suites. The project of proving why IT companies need to upgrade becomes vital, but Microsoft has been spending an awful lot of this year farming out information about its Windows Phone 7. MS Office 2010 has been somewhat of an afterthought.
Without Microsoft’s full marketing weight behind the product, these adoption figures are actually kind of surprising.
According to Dimensional Research, 2011 will be an even better year for MS Office 2010. Their study reveals another 18% of IT professionals suggest they’re prepping to pick up the new suite for wide usage by the end of the year. The really good news is that 42% say they’re planning to do the same sometime in 2011. And an additional 18% said that they’re looking towards broad deployment of MS Office 2010 over the next two years.
It’s not all sunshine and rainbows with the survey, though.
Dimension Research reveals that a whopping 78% of respondents said that they had serious concerns about MS Office 2010. 45% reported some confusion over the training aspects of MS Office’s “ribbon” interface, as first introduced in 2007. 36% cite deployment and support issues. Another 33% suggest problems with add-ons and integrating the product into existing programs.
But that’s why the 4% adoption figures must have Microsoft execs smiling – no marking, high levels of concerns… and a bunch of IT professions still planning to adopt the suite in the coming years. That’s more than can be said for past incarnations of Microsoft Office!