Reviews recommend Microsoft Publisher as ideal desktop publishing software for most users, noting that significant improvements with every version make it as useful for small businesses as for family use. However, more recent reviews find that Publisher 2010 is losing its edge to the less expensive Serif PagePlus X5 (*Est. $75). Reviews agree that Publisher is much easier to learn to use than more complex software, and it's easier to customize than simpler family oriented desktop programs.
Not many reviewers have evaluated the 2010 version of Publisher. PCMag.com looks at Publisher in its review of Office 2010, while About.com offers a brief description and review. At Amazon.com, many users review and rate Publisher 2010.
MS Publisher gets a small blurb in this review of the Office 2010 suite and a sub-par score of 3.5 out of 5 stars; the suite as a whole gets 4 stars. Edward Mendelson describes the software's updates and recommends it for non-professionals who've outgrown Word's graphic tools.
Review: Microsoft Office 2010, Edward Mendelson, May 11, 2010
More than 30 owners review Publisher 2010 here, giving it an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Most love it, but a few complain about printing problems and missing features.
Review: Microsoft Publisher 2010, Contributors to Amazon.com
Jacci Howard Bear, About.com's guide to desktop publishing, says Publisher 2010 "fills the void between price and pro features," positioned in between family-oriented and professional desktop publishing software. There isn't any evidence of testing here. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Microsoft Publisher / Microsoft Office Publisher, Jacci Howard Bear