kind of message that may soon be popping up when you're writing
Office documents, if you opt to stick with the free ad-supported
edition -- Microsoft Office Starter 2010 – which was just
announced. The new free edition will only feature partial
functionality. The critical question that has not yet been
answered about this new edition is exactly how much will be
That is a critical question because competitors are
already offering popular alternatives that are ad-free and free.
Among these are Open Office 3 and Google
Docs. Microsoft must tread carefully when deciding just how
many features to support in the free version, in order to give
customers incentive to upgrade, but avoid having them jump ship to a
more functional free alternative. The free ad-supported version
is exclusively on PCs (i.e. it is not available for Macs also have
their own version of Microsoft Office).
The free edition joins
three other editions of Office
2010: Office Home and Student 2010, Office Home and Business
2010, and Office Professional 2010.
The other big news about
Microsoft Office 2010 is that it will go DVD-free. A locked
full version of the software will be available on new Windows 7 PCs.
Customers can purchase an upgrade card from Microsoft or at retailers
to "upgrade" or unlock the software and experience all its
Microsoft says the approach will allow users to
install more quickly and without the hassles of physical media.
They also say that its better for the environment, bragging, "An
added bonus: The card’s packaging is smaller than the full package
(DVD) product, and is eco/retail-friendly."
public beta is planned for later this year to help people decide if
Office 2010 is for them. Microsoft says that upgrading from
the beta to full versions will be quick and easy.
piece of news about the upcoming version of Office is Click-to-Run.
Click-to-Run will be managing downloads -- both software
installations and patches -- within Office 2010. Microsoft says
that Click-to-Run "significantly reduces the time and effort
required to download Office 2010 over the Internet."
Click-to-Run uses virtualization,
so multiple installations of Office 2010 with different features,
alongside older versions of Office are possible.
quote: I use OneNot 2007, Word, and Excel. I haven't opened Access in ages, and have never used Groove, InfoPath, Publisher, etc.
quote: I completely agree, assuming you meant to say that the OO spreadsheet graphing is just plain inferior to Excel.
quote: P.S. productivity suite, not production sweet Omni :)
quote: Sorry, but to me it sounds like all your clients are victims of your personal agenda to promote open source.
quote: is definitely going to get the attention of the EU and USDOJ
quote: The EU cares about making free money through fining non-EU companies. Nothing more and nothing less.
quote: Microsoft Office 2010 won't come on DVD. Rather you can either download it directly from the internet...