Office version stats

Anyone got any?

Kev emailed me asking and it dawned on me that I had no idea. So I did a bit of ratching around and here is the official smurfonspreadsheets Office adoption estimate.

Reasoning: I saw a figure of 200 million Office 2010 sales (soz cant find the link now), I estimate around 600 million windows pcs. I still speak to lots of people on 2003. there do seem to be a few major corps starting to look at migrating to 2010 (and often from win xp to win 7 too)


  • Office 2010 – 20 – 30%
  • Office 2007 – 20 – 30%
  • Office 2003 – 30 – 40%
  • Others – 10%

Thats my made up estimate (plus or minus 10%)- whats yours and why?

I would also add that I think a lot of larger cos are still on 2003 or maybe 2007, it seems the smaller cos that have made the move to 2010. and of course consumers, who have no choice. (Many big cos are buying 2010 licences with downgrade rights to keep their estate consistent).

I don’t really hear about many cos on anything before 2003. 2003 is under extended support until 2014 so there are still a couple of years left before big cos are really under pressure to move.

Office 15 is starting to look more like Office 2013 than Office 2012, although I guess they could always decouple the release date and the name to avoid superstition.

What do you reckon?




10 Responses to “Office version stats”

  1. Joe Serdakowski Says:

    I would put the Office 2003 at 25%, Office 2010 at 25%, and Office 2007 at 45%, others at 5%. I am sure Microsoft knows, but they are not telling.

  2. dan l Says:

    I’m not sure that 2010 has that sort of penetration.

    fwiw, I work for a pretty massive outfit: we’re universally win xp, and we’re mixed between office 03 and 0ffice 07. 2010 is an option for specialized individuals. I’d put office 2010 at no more than 15%. It could be just my bias.

    I sort of doubt MS knows: I’m sure they know what their usage numbers are with 2010 (it’s a little bit more connected, no?), I’m relatively certain that 07 has some way of tracking that, but I’m pretty sure nobody has a clue as to how many 03 users are out there.

    My big question though: how many people out there are actually running 07 blue edition? I doubt many businesses are using it, but I know ‘quite a few’ who use it at home. Frankly, I don’t really blame them either.

  3. Simon Says:

    Dan, I had to look up blue edition (hacked torrent version). I completely despise software activation and I am confident the overly aggressive anti piracy crusade has converted an enormous set of potential customers to google docs or open office.
    No one can know for sure who is using what, because many corps will not allow Office to phone home. And what corps buy and what they use are not the same thing.
    I can accept 2010 being down at 15% but I am not convinced 2007 is up at 45%. 2003 could be.

  4. juux Says:

    We went through a surprising trouble-free 2003>2010 and Domino>Exchange migration early this year. We’re not big but not small (<15k employees) but do have the advantage of handling incoming email for our clients so we see the attachment types.

    We never saw a big uptake of 2007, with the formats still being predominantly xls/doc (I know you can still use them in newer versions, but most folk are idiots so just use the out-of-the-box settings). In the last 18 months though there has been a distinct shift so now probably a 50-50 split, with 99% of the legacy docs probably coming from 2003 I'd reckon.

    I'd peg it as:
    2010 – 30%
    2007 – 15%
    2003 – 50%
    Others – 5%

  5. Ingeborg Hawighorst Says:

    Jon Peltier recently ran a poll. Maybe he’ll share with you?

  6. Kevin Says:

    Thanks I appreciate your feedback. It seems a lot of folks skipped 2007 and are going right to 2010 as part of upgrading to Windows 7.

  7. Simon Says:

    Nick from Breeze Tree ( sent me his survey results:
    2010: 35%
    2007: 57%
    2003: 6%
    2002: <1%
    2000: <1%


    and Jon Peltiers survey is here:

    Both suggest a higher take up than my experience, not sure if thats a skew in the type of users, or I am plain wrong!

  8. Tyke Bhoy Says:

    Are there really 57% still using the Office 2010 beta. Oops I mean 2007. I was disappointed we were upgraded to 2007 but then relieved that 2010 followed on less than a year later

  9. Simon Says:

    I always thought 2010 was 2007 sp3, but I think you are right, 2007 was a bit beta quality.

  10. Peter Bedson Says:

    Breeze Tree’s numbers are way off – there are a huge number of really big companies back on 2003 or earlier who are caught with a stupid cost to upgrade to the ribbon interface – GE were on something like 2000 a year or so back! But I suspect for home users it is something around his figures. Plus there is a massive population of embedded stuff in hidden away that is really ancient. So I think it is a skewed sample.

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