The release of a new major piece of Microsoft software, be it an operating system (we already know how big of a deal Windows 7 is) or an office productivity suite, is much like a blockbuster movie franchise.
Unlike movie series like the Matrix, Star Wars, Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, there will continually new versions of Microsoft Office that hope to improve upon the one before it – perhaps like James Bond movies.
Microsoft seems to have realized that its major software is like the release of an event picture, where people plan around and anticipate it, and have commissioned Traffik Filmworks and director Dennis Liu to create a promotional movie combining Office themes and a major blockbuster like the Matrix.
It might not have a lot to do with the little details of all the improvements in Office 2010, but any computer user should be able to appreciate all the little nods in the Office 2010: The Movie trailer. Check it out embedded below.
Eh? Unless I'm mistaken he was thrown out with the trash with the release of Office '07.
For the record, I kinda liked Scribble (the cat) who wasn't as stupid looking as Clippy.
At my work its because you can't open an encrypted or password protected MS word document in Openoffice, we've been using MS Office for more than 15 years and training people in Openoffice isn't worth the overhead of training current staff and most new staff that have also been using MS Office since 95, legacy word documents run the possibility of not being compatible with future Openoffice releases, etc.
People generally use what they know at home, and what the people at my work place know is MS Office.
I use Openoffice on my home PC and MS Office on my laptop. On my home PC I value hard drive space and the Openoffice fits my needs. The laptop needed to be compatible with anything my school threw at me.