microsoft-officeWhile all the news about Microsoft has focused on Windows 7 lately, there is some interesting stuff coming down the pipeline for Office 2010.

Microsoft Office has long reigned as the king of productivity software, but while it has been the primary choice of users for years, Microsoft still had a free option that pretty much everyone wondered why it still existed: Microsoft Works.  Sure it did some things Office did, but it did all of them poorly.  Well, now Works is going to the great software Heaven in the sky, and is being replaced by Office Starter.

The new Office Starter option will come pre-loaded on new computers, and will offer you the chance to use reduced-functionality versions of Word and Excel.  These versions will allow you to create, view and edit documents, but that will be the extent of it.  For as long as you choose to use the Starter version of the software it will be ad-supported.  If you should choose to upgrade to Office Home & Student 2010, Office Home & Business 2010, or Office Professional 2010, you will be able to purchase a Product Key Card that will let you do so.  This will be a card sold in retail stores like all of those gift cards you see now, meaning far less packaging and no need for an actual CD-ROM.  A rather environmentally friendly idea we must say.

The Starter version of Office will only come on new computers, but if you have a current computer and want to try Office, you will be able to download a copy now to do that.  It will also allow you to install it separately from any other version of Office you may already have installed so that you may compare them side-by-side on your system.

Watch out world, it looks like Microsoft may finally be getting more consumer friendly.

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