Today, Microsoft made the announcement that Office 2010 will be officially launched to the business world during an event scheduled on May 12. Furthermore, businesses with volume license agreements will also be able to acquire the product during launching day. The general sale of the Office 2010 however is slated for June, and this will essentially involve sales to individual consumers and enterprises that do not have licensing deals.
Free upgrade program
It has been expected that Microsoft will release a program that allows a free upgrade to Office 2010, and the company made good on their word, offering the upgrade tool to consumers who will purchase Office 2007 beginning now until September 30.
The chief financial officer from Microsoft has announced that the launching of the Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program will be during this month. This statement has been confirmed earlier this week. A news leak has reached the World Wide Web last month about the aforementioned free Office 2010 upgrade program. This was when a Microsoft technology professional posted some information on Microsoft’s partner community website.
Thus, any customer who has bought a legitimate copy of Office 2007 will be able to make free downloads of the Office 2010 edition, when the latest business suite will be finally available for general use come June. This offer however is good only for customers who purchase Office 2007 from March 5 to September 30, 2010.
Customers who purchase Office Home and Student 2007 will be eligible to receive a copy of Office Home and Student 2010 for free. Furthermore, customers who purchase Office Standard 2007 and Office Basic 2007 will be able to receive a copy of Office Home and Business 2010 for free. The Office Home and Business 2010 is a fresh addition to the range of Microsoft Office suites.
A copy of Office Professional 2010 is also available for free to buyers of Office Small Business 2007. In the same way, those who purchase Office Professional 2007 as well as Office Ultimate 2007 will receive a free, legitimate copy of Office Professional 2010, as long as the purchase date is no earlier than March 5 and no later than September 30.
Single license activation keys
Microsoft is releasing Office 2010 as the first of its line of business suites to do away with the lower-priced upgrade editions. The company has disclosed in an earlier statement that no upgrade editions will be available to consumers. Rather, Microsoft will be selling single-license activation keys online and in land-based retail stores to consumers who plan to upgrade from the older edition. The Office Starter 2010 will also be readily installed in new computers.
Free upgrades are limited to 25 per person, a regular practice done by Microsoft to prompt business with multiple copies to take up volume licensing deals. To explain the upgrade edition better, Microsoft has put up a website that caters primarily to this.