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Microsoft to phase out Office 2010 Starter

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Jun 2012 18:59 User comments (9)

Microsoft to phase out Office 2010 Starter It appears that Microsoft is ready to discontinue their free Office 2010 Starter edition.
Over the past few years, Microsoft has made an ad-supported version of their popular suite available to anyone with a new Windows 7 computer. The Starter edition comes with Word and Excel and lacks features of the fully paid version, but nonetheless the software was popular.

Into the future, starting with the release of Windows 8, new buyers will get links to trial versions of full Office, instead of a pre-loaded Starter like in the past.

Despite being the clear leader in the market, Microsoft has seen increasing competition in past few years. OpenOffice and LibreOffice offer full office suites, for free, and Google Docs is preparing to gain offline capabilities, making it another free alternative.

Microsoft Office ranges from $99 to $499 depending on the type of package.

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9 user comments

124.6.2012 23:20

People should just use OpenOffice/LibreOffice and tell MS to take a hike on their overpriced garbage.

224.6.2012 23:28

I usually just delete all these wonderful freebies that are only good for 60 days anyways.What a joke.


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325.6.2012 7:13

Originally posted by JST1946:
I usually just delete all these wonderful freebies that are only good for 60 days anyways.What a joke.

Office Starter wasn't one of them. It was free Word&Excel, but ad-supported.

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425.6.2012 21:59

Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
People should just use OpenOffice/LibreOffice and tell MS to take a hike on their overpriced garbage.
For some people that is all they need but they cannot match the Power of Microsoft Office. Most people do not need Microsoft Office really but seeing as the corporate world and educational world uses it because of its power and features people at home choose to use it because they are familiar with it and OpenOffice and LibreOffice have sub par compatibility with Microsoft Office documents.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 25 Jun 2012 @ 22:07

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526.6.2012 8:46

Originally posted by bobiroc:
Originally posted by xnonsuchx:
People should just use OpenOffice/LibreOffice and tell MS to take a hike on their overpriced garbage.
For some people that is all they need but they cannot match the Power of Microsoft Office. Most people do not need Microsoft Office really but seeing as the corporate world and educational world uses it because of its power and features people at home choose to use it because they are familiar with it and OpenOffice and LibreOffice have sub par compatibility with Microsoft Office documents.
that was going to be my point too.

626.6.2012 11:40

The biggest issue with Open/LibreOffice, in my eyes, is the lack of integration with Visual Basic/C/etc.

726.6.2012 11:51

Originally posted by Bozobub:
The biggest issue with Open/LibreOffice, in my eyes, is the lack of integration with Visual Basic/C/etc.
Oh that is just the beginning. OpenOffice and LibreOffice along with some other less popular suites lack integration and support with other 3rd party programs, websites and systems that many Businesses and Educational organizations rely on every day as well as do consumers.

The day the open source alternatives can provide that type of integration with things like Tax/Accounting software and systems, Human Resource, business management, and student management systems along with countless others is the day it will get used more. These features are important to many people and companies like Microsoft, Lotus, Corel, and others work the the developers of those applications to provide support and pay fees if necessary. This all costs money and since OpenSource is against spending any money it will never happen.

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827.6.2012 19:36

Why is Microsoft news always sounding greedy?

928.6.2012 8:19

Originally posted by JST1946:
I usually just delete all these wonderful freebies that are only good for 60 days anyways.What a joke.
Office 2010 starter edition does not expire after any preset time. I have been using it for a long time now and as a home user it provides everything that I need. Where Microsoft missed the boat was by not offering a starter version without the advertisements for a reduced price.

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