The President of the Microsoft office division, Kurt DelBene yesterday at the company’s annual Worldwide partner conference (WPC) in Canada disclosed that 1 billion people globally now use Microsoft Office.Fuelling that growth, according to has been Office 2010, the most popular version of Office ever, adding that globally, someone buys a copy of Office 2010 every second.
“The Office Division has never been stronger, and our amazing partners are critical to this success. Office is now used by more than a billion people, and Office 365 is on track to be one of the fastest-growing offers in our history. The investments announced today will fuel even more robust growth ahead.” DelBene said. According to him, Office 365 open was a new way for partners to sell Office 365.” It establishes a traditional reseller model, enabling partners to realize more revenue, deliver packaged services with a single invoice, and own the customer relationship.
“Office 365 Advisors Program updates let the most active partners earn more up front with Office 365. Starting today, partners who sell more than 150 seats are eligible to earn more revenue” he added. Meanwhile, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer while opening Microsoft Corp.’s annual worldwide Partner conference (WPC) highlighted key product milestones and opportunities for partners contributing to the beginning of a new era for the company.
The four-day event celebrates the accomplishments of the company’s more than 640,000 global partners and gives a preview of what will be the most exciting product releases for Microsoft in the coming year. “This will be the biggest product and services launch year in our company’s history, creating massive opportunities for our partners to grow their businesses,” Ballmer said, adding that , “With Windows Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure and Office 365, there’s never been a better time to be a Microsoft partner. The opportunities for us to do amazing things for our joint customers have never been greater.”
During question and time answer session that highlighted major moments from the past year and looked ahead to what’s next, Ballmer focused on business performance driven in large part by Microsoft partners. He specifically highlighted successes from partners working with Windows 7, Office, Windows Server, Windows Azure and Microsoft Dynamics. He also stated that, beyond any one product, the big trends the company is focused on include machine learning, form factors and UI, cloud, core platform, and new scenarios — communications, productivity and entertainment.