Goodbye Microsoft Works, Hello Office Starter 2010

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One thing that I disliked about buying a new PC was Microsoft Works. While I suppose it’s a decent enough software program for the average home user, my personal preference was always Microsoft Office. Over the years, I’ve had to uninstall Works over and over again in order to replace it with its more professional counterpart, Office.

That’s why I’m thrilled to learn about the latest news regarding Office 2010. Now, instead of including Works on new PCs, manufacturers can pre-install a basic edition of Office called Office Starter 2010. And unlike in the past when “trial” versions of Office were pre-installed in lieu of Works, this reduced-functionality Office suite will be ad-supported and fully functional. In the Starter edition, you’ll be able to view, create, and edit files without any looming “time bomb” date ahead of you at which point the software no longer functions until you purchase a license. However, if you decide to upgrade to a different edition of Office, you’ll be able to do so right within the Office product itself. 

In addition, the new Office 2010 suite will be sold both as an eco-friendly product card key (as opposed to DVD) for new purchases. The key number contained on the card will unlock the Office software that’s been pre-installed on new PCs. And for existing PCs, a downloadable “Click-to-Run” offering is being provided which allows customers to use virtualization technologies in order to try Office 2010 side-by-side with their existing install until they’re ready to purchase.

The Office 2010 beta will launch later this year and beta testing of the Office Web Applications is already underway. You can learn more about the new suite at

The Discussion

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    Aleksei Vassiljev

    Cool, but generally at home people just use pirated version of Office. So who would like to use reduced-functional product if you may use full-functional for free?


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    I must be an odball. I LIKE Works! I like the document templates, especially those for employment resumes, and various projects like greeting cards and nice achivement awards. Office is much too complicated for me. I have to layout pages for myself, and plan out the look and spacing for resumes and manuscripts. I would like to see new PCs come with a variety of word processing software preloaded. That way, users could try them and decide for THEMSELVES which they prefer. I mean, how hard is it to delete Works from your hard drive? Can you spell L-A-Z-Y? I always take a few moments to get rid of all that useless stock market and financial software. And Aleksei, using pirated software is ILLEGAL! The writers, planners and designers who worked so hard to produce those programs earn NOTHING for copies of their work that is stolen (bootlegged or pirated). That is just plain wrong in any language! How would you like to put in hundreds of hours designing something only to learn that some theif had bootlegged it, and you weren't going to get paid a single cent? I know I'd be pi*sed off!

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    Yeah, but even though piracy is illegal, it IS present, in every country. Specially those with people who can't but the original software. And some of them do almost nothing to stop it (My country, Brazil, is a example).
    I don't support piracy! Don't get me wrong. But if the original were cheaper, there would be no piracy.

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