Office 2010 pricing announced

Microsoft have announced that the latest version of the Office suite 2010 will be available in June. Prices are significantly lower than the current 2007 version and for the first time a free version will be available.

Office Home and Business 2010 will be priced at £239.99, previously Office standard cost £349.99. The price lowers further if you activate a copy that has been pre-installed on to a new PC, to £189.99.

The Home and Student version continues with a cost of £109.99 for the retail box copy and £89.99 for the pre-installed activation. Home users can install the same version on up to 3 PCs.

All versions come with Word 2010, Excel 2010 and PowerPoint 2010. Also now added are OneNote 2010, a note taking application and the recently released Office Web Apps, for reviewing documents remotely. The Home and Business version adds Outlook 2010. A professional version will also be available which adds Publisher 2010, Access 2010, and “premium technical support”.

The free version, due to replace Microsoft Works, will be pre-installed on certain manufacturers new PCs and will feature a limited version of both Word and Excel (features such as track changes and many others will not be available).

You can download Office 2010 now to use until October, in its current but highly stable beta format – see our article Test Drive Office 2010. You can also read more about the features in our First Look at Office 2010 article.


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