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Microsoft reveals pricing for retail boxed, Product Key Card editions

When it comes to Microsoft's software products, it doesn't get much bigger than Windows and Office. On the Windows front, Microsoft had a hugely successful launch of Windows 7 in October of last year. The launch went off without a hitch and the operating system has been well received by consumers and ever-critical members of the press.

The next big software release from Microsoft will be Office 2010. The followup to Office 2007 is roughly six months aways and Microsoft is already revealing the pricing structure for the popular productivity suite.

The Microsoft Office 2010 Engineering blog lists standard (non-upgrade) pricing as follows:

Office Home and Student          $149     $119 (Retail Box/Product Key Card)
Office Home and Business         $279     $199
Office Professional                    $499     $349
Office Professional Academic     $99       N/A

Those that choose to go the "old fashioned" route and purchase a retail boxed copy will have to pay anywhere from $30 to $150 more to get a DVD, paperwork, and a fancy plastic case.

However, there is a huge downside for those that choose to go the "Product Key Card" route (this gives you an activation key which you must use after downloading a copy of Office directly from Microsoft). While retail boxed copies of Home and Student gives you the ability to install Office on three machines (Home and Business, Professional, and Professional Academic allow installs on two machines), the Product Key Card versions can only be installed on one machine.

If you plan on installing Office on more than one machine, the Product Key Card versions quickly lose their pricing advantage.

At this time, Microsoft has not announced upgrade pricing for Office 2010, but expect the details to be revealed closer to launch time. In the mean time, if you're one of the handful of people that haven't already tried the Office 2010 beta, you can grab it here.

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RE: not bad
By Belard on 1/6/2010 10:17:09 AM , Rating: 2
Usually stores like Costco and Sams will sell Office Home for $110~120 anyways. I've seen Office 2007 Home/Student go for $85 last year at Costco.

Not quite as good as a deal as office2003, but MS was smart to do so to keep business from using the STE versions. Most home users don't need Outlook. Webmail is more popular. And theres free PIMs that anyone can download that are very powerful if not better than Outlooks Calendar (but not the integration) such as Essential PIM ( thats like 5mb. So add that to your Office 2007 / 2010 and you're ready to go. :)

And those with no budget and need basic functionality for home, Open Office is very good. About the same as Office 2000 and then some... a Free 150mb download.

From what I've seen of O2010, nice tweaks and improvements over O2007.

RE: not bad
By quiksilvr on 1/6/2010 12:22:29 PM , Rating: 2
You can also get Office Enterprise for $30 if you are a college student. So get yourself a college buddy :D

RE: not bad
By dgingeri on 1/6/2010 2:35:26 PM , Rating: 2
I tried doing my Resume on OpenOffice a while back, but it introduced formatting issues when opened on a regular version of Word 2003. I decided back then that OpenOffice was not for me.

RE: not bad
By Smilin on 1/12/2010 11:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
I hear ya.

OpenOffice after all these years is a chunk. It still feels on par with Office '97.

I'm running Office 2010 right now and it's *obvious* it's written by the worlds largest software company who pours millions of bucks into development.

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