Microsoft sets prices for forthcoming Office 2010

Jan 05, 2010 By JESSICA MINTZ , AP Technology Writer
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(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. will sell four versions of the forthcoming Office 2010 software, due out in June, for prices ranging from $99 to $499.

The company said Tuesday it will sell Office Home and Student edition, which comes with four core programs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, for $149 as boxed that can be used on three computers in the home. A "Product Key Card," which has a code to unlock one copy of Office 2010 pre-loaded on new PCs, costs $119.

will sell an education-only version, Office Professional Academic, through campus book stores and some retailers for $99. Besides the core programs, the academic version comes with the Outlook program, Publisher for desktop publishing and the Access database software.

Office Home and Business, which includes Outlook along with the four core programs, will cost $297 as boxed software or $199 for the Product Key Card.

Microsoft said it would sell Office Professional, which has Outlook, Publisher, Access and premium technical support, for $499 boxed or $249 for the card.

All the editions come with access to the new Office Web Apps, lightweight versions of Microsoft's core Office programs that work in a Web browser.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software maker has lagged behind Inc. in bringing to market word processing, spreadsheet and other software that runs in a Web browser instead of on a PC. But Microsoft is banking on computer users still wanting more formatting options and other features enough to pay for the full desktop versions.

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Doug_Huffman
5 / 5 (3) Jan 05, 2010
http://why.openoffice.org/

Best of all, OpenOffice.org 3 can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org 3 is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration. You may install it on as many computers as you like. You may make copies and give them away to family, friends, students, employees - anyone you like.
Rynox77
not rated yet Jan 05, 2010
Is this in beta yet? Have they ditched the ribbon bar? It's very difficult to navigate Office 2007. The fact that they are still charging hundreds of dollars for software that causes so much frustration when trying to do even simple things (text box with double-border) is discouraging.

I thought it was interesting to see that the company my wife works for (a very very large fortune 500 company) has OpenOffice installed on all their desktops. Maybe not quite as robust as Microsoft Office, but in terms of dollars spent per frustration, OpenOffice is very affordable.
Spinoza
not rated yet Jan 05, 2010
Not to mention if you're in academia, LaTeX blows WYSIWYG editors out of the water (and is also free).
Doug_Huffman
not rated yet Jan 05, 2010
LaTeX is an office suite? I thought that it was publication composition sw.
Spinoza
not rated yet Jan 06, 2010
Well, you use whatever text editor you want to create the file you put through LaTeX to create a document. It gives you far greater control over everything (precisely because it's not WYSIWYG). Once you get used to typing the code for footnotes/citations in LaTeX, you'll find going back to Word painful because it slows you down having to use the mouse rather than simply continuing to type.

Also, changing the text of an existing document from the default Calibri to Times New Roman uniformly is irritating. Yes, you can CTRL+A->CTRL+P to change it all at any given time, but it does strange things, like not keeping the formatting you want for footnotes unless you go through time-consuming style-changing details...