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Save £48 On Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 Using This Trick

Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 will go on sale fairly soon and is, in our opinion, the best value for money package for corporate end users across the country.

This version of Office 2010 comes with Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel and Onenote and is currently available on preorder from Play for £190.

However, there's a little known trick that can slash a whopping 25 percent off the price of the suite overnight; just buy the cheapest Office Basic 2007 you can find and upgrade to the Home and Business 2010 for free.

We looked for that rare pearl and found out that Kikatek has loads of Microsoft Office Basic 2007 Medialess License Kit available for £141.84 (opens in new tab).

Until the 30th of September 2010, you can buy and activate your Office 2007 product online and then request the equivalent Office 2010 for free until September 2010.

Oddly, Office Home and Business 2010 is the corresponding Office 2010 (opens in new tab) upgrade product for Office Basic 2007 according to Microsoft; we say oddly because H&B package actually adds products - Powerpoint and Onenote - rather than removing them.

Note that this buys you the license only, which then means that you will have to purchase Office 2007 Basic elsewhere; Amazon sells the media kit, known as OPK, for as little as £18 (opens in new tab).

Alternatively, by the end of this month, all new computers will come with a so-called OEM Preinstallation Kit or OPK which will contain Home and Business Office 2010.

Also there's a limit of 25 items per person which should be more than enough for most small companies.

You can hear from Gordon Frazer and Scott Dodds from Microsoft UK on 12th May from 3pm BST. Then listen to Stephen Elop’s live keynote from New York on 12th May at 4pm BST.

Later, you can choose from a variety of on-demand sessions that are relevant to you regarding the launch of Microsoft Office 2010 and Sharepoint Server 2010.

Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and share comments with product experts, partners, and peers. More about this here while (opens in new tab) you can read more about more Office 2010 articles here.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.