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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Trial Basic Version's

With Windows 7 in the bag, Microsoft is now preparing us for its next big launch, with Office 2010 due for release in June 2010. Today saw the announcement of the various SKUs and pricing details for each. Prices have generally been lowered, with more choice being given to consumers. This is clearly an attempt to better battle the onslaught from free alternatives such as Google Apps and OpenOffice.

Microsoft Office is immensely popular, and has been for as long as I can remember. The suite of applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint have been with us for over 20 years now, with the first iteration of the software making its debut on the Macintosh in 1989. And now we’re just six months away from Office 2010 landing in stores, although the beta is already ongoing.

The line-up and details for Office 2010, as detailed by ZDNet, are as follows:

Office 2010 Starter

A free, OEM-only SKU designed to replace Microsoft Works. Contains Word and Excel only, and will be ad-supported.

Office 2010 Professional Academic

Designed to be bought and used by students and educators, this SKU will be sold on university campuses for $99, making it the cheapest version of Office 2010 being made available. Contains Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, and Office Web Apps.

Office 2010 Home and Student

Can be installed and run on three PCs in one house in a similar way to the Windows 7 Family Pack. Contains Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, and Office Web Apps. Priced at $149 for the boxed version and $119 for the product key card.

Office 2010 Home and Business

Designed for small businesses. Contains Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, and Office Web Apps. Priced at $279 boxed and $199 for a product key card.

Office 2010 Professional

The daddy of them all, and priced accordingly. For the $499 (boxed) and $349 (product key card) asking prices, you’ll get Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PUblisher 2010, Access 2010, Office Web Apps, and premium technical support.

There are also set to be office 2010 Professional Plus and Office 2010 Standard SKUs but details are still thin on the ground.

The increased options and lower price points are genuinely good innovations for this latest version of Microsoft Office. However, whether they’ll be enough to overcome the increasing popularity of Google Apps and OpenOffice remains to be seen. They are, after all, both free to use. And even the lowest price point cannot hope to compete with free
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