Microsoft Office 2010 Now Available

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Previously:
Office 2010 – Technology Guarantee
Microsoft Office 2010 – Suite Comparisons
Should You Buy Microsoft Office 2010?

Microsoft Office 2010 went on sale Tuesday at local stores and through online retailers. My articles, linked above, describe some of the differences between the different versions; in the next few weeks I’ll tell you about new features.

If you want to do some research, here are three places to start.

There are no upgrade editions, but there are new ways to buy Office. In addition to buying a box in a store, you’ll likely have a chance to purchase it from the opening screen on a new computer; you’ll be able to buy it online; or you’ll be able to buy a “product key card” in a store and download the software later.

Prices are jumping around right now. Below are the list prices. It’s hard to predict how much and how soon these will be discounted.

OFFICE HOME AND STUDENT 2010

  • Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote (not Outlook!)
  • Full version $149 – can be installed three times by different people
  • Product key card $119 – can be installed once
  • Preinstalled on new computer – cannot be installed again or moved to a different computer

OFFICE HOME AND BUSINESS 2010

  • Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote
  • Full version $279 – can be installed twice (license requirement: used on two computers controlled by one person so the two copies are never used simultaneously)
  • Product key card $119 – can be installed once
  • Preinstalled on new computer – cannot be installed again or moved to a different computer

OFFICE PROFESSIONAL 2010

  • Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher
  • Full version $499 – can be installed twice (license requirement: used on two computers controlled by one person so the two copies are never used simultaneously)
  • Product key card $349 – can be installed once
  • Preinstalled on new computer – cannot be installed again or moved to a different computer