Microsoft has announced the details of its Office 2010 Technology Guarantee scheme, where which users who have recently purchased Office 2007 will be able to upgrade to Office 2010 when it is launched in June, free of cost.
On a blog posted on the Official Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog, the company announced that people who activate their copies of Office 2007 between 5th March 2010 and September 30th 2010, will be allowed to download the much awaited Office 2010 in June.
The blog post, listing the conditions under which users will be allowed to download the software, said that after activating their Office 2007 business suite, they would be required to have or create a Windows Live ID and redeem their Technology Guarantee before October 2010.
However, many users who have recently purchased Office 2007, but have activated their copies way before the March 5th requisite, expressed their disappointment over the fact that they will not be able to upgrade to the Office 2010 productivity suite.
Commenting on the initiation of the Technology Guarantee program, Jevon Fark, Sr. Marketing Manager, Microsoft Office, added that "In addition to the Office 2010 Technology Guarantee, were excited to confirm that Office 2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 are on schedule and will release to manufacturing (RTM) next month."
Microsoft ought to have retroactively extended the activation period for Office 2007. Anyhow, you can get Office 2007 Standard edition from as little as £283.27 from Amazon - more expensive than the Home and Business edition which will be available in three months - while the 3-user edition will cost around £70.
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(ABS CBN News)