Microsoft Unveils Official Office 2010 With Free Starter Version

Microsoft has released the official price list for its flagship business suite, Office 2010, and has significantly discounted the prices of its consumer versions in a bid to counter the threat of online office suites such as Zoho or Google Apps.

As expected, the cheapest version of Office 2010 will be bundled free with selected computers from the likes of Dell or HP as a direct replacement for the soon to disappear Microsoft Works package.

The other flavours of Office 2010 include Office Home and Business 2010 which will cost £239.99 while its predecessor, the standard Office 2007, was £110 more expensive and lacked Onenote, Microsoft's note-taking application, and Office Web Apps.

The top of the range Office 2010 Professional drops down to £399.99 from £449.49, a mere £49.50 drop and compared to the OHB version adds Publisher 2010 and Access 2010.

The Office Small Business Edition has apparently been removed altogether, possibly because it overlaps with the standard version (ed : The Microsoft Office Accounting version as well was scrapped late last year).

The Home and Student version will be available for £109.99 which, surprise, surprise is a hike of £10. Microsoft has also confirms that there will be an Office Professional Academic version in the UK although pricing for this version had yet to be finalised.

Corporate Volume Licensing prices have yet to be unveiled and once this is done, system administrators will have to look forward for a very busy summer.

Our Comments

Overall, not much of a surprise and we can see that there is still a massive gap in the price paid by non-US customers. That said, expect OEM and online retailer's pricing to be significantly less than what Microsoft has listed. We know already there will be a "Vista-to-Windows 7" like upgrade path for Office 2007 users.

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