Microsoft To Launch Ad-supported Office Starter 2010, Kills Works

Microsoft Corp., the California based software giant will roll out the new Office 2010 with an advertisement supported version for new PCs along with a cloud based version which will be capable of streaming Office to a PC to function with existing iterations of the Ms Office suite.

The company will launch the Microsoft Office Starter 2010 as an introductory version which will be capable of supporting advertisements. The software suite will include Office Word Starter 2010 and Office Excel Starter 2010 enabled with limited features that will specialise in creating, designing, editing and viewing documents.

The new Microsoft Office Starter Editions 2010 will be replacing Microsoft Works, which has been shipped with new computers for a long time.

The corporate vice president for Office, Takeshi Numoto, wrote on the Office Product Development Group Blog that "Starter version is a consistent Office user experience, such as the Ribbon, with a simple path to upgrade to a fully-featured version of Office 2010."

He also added that the new Starter version will only be available with new PCs. The company also announced that a virtualized version of Office 2010, known as "Click to Run" will be made available to users, which will allow users to try the software without having to install it on their systems via cloud based technology.

Our Comments

So Works is officially out of the picture, replaced by something more substantial. This is possibly due to the presence of Google Apps and not OpenOffice.org. Also interesting is the fact that this won't be available as a standalone solution.

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