Microsoft Office 2010 Version & Price Comparison
On May 12th, 2010, Microsoft Office 2010 release date was announced. Microsoft made available the worldwide availability of Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Also, Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Project 2010 was released for business customers worldwide. The Office 2010 suite became available for retail as well as online purchase on June 15th, 2010. Microsoft Office 2010 will be the first release that will be available in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. But according to this source, Microsoft recommends that the users run the 32-bit Office 2010 even on x64 Windows.
I’m providing the official Microsoft links to Office 2010 pages for different categories.
- Home page of Microsoft Office 2010
- Types of Microsoft Office 2010 Suites
- Comparison of Microsoft Office 2010 Suites
- Pricing Information for Office 2010
- Office 2010 System Requirements
How do you Decide, 32-bit or 64-bit ?
If you’re in dilemma on deciding between 32-bit or 64-bit Office, one should question their needs. If you’re an Excel power user working with huge amounts of data and need to work with file sizes greater than 2 GB, then one would benefit from 64-bit Office which is able to utilize more memory. Otherwise, Technet recommends 32-bit Office 2010 as the default installation on both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows mainly due the compatibility reasons with existing 32-bit controls, add-ins, and VBA.
Different Version and Price of Office 2010
1. If you’re using Office at Home, Work or School, the following different editions are available.
- Office Home and Student - $149.99, £109.99, Rs 2,999 (US,UK,India)
- Office Home and Business - $279.99, £239.99, Rs 9,990 (US,UK,India)
- Office Professional - $499.99, £429.99, Rs 23,500 (US,UK,India)
All the above editions of Office 2010 version, have the following products.
- Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010 ( Default Set)
So for comparison, all the above editions are differentiated by different set of products.
- Home and Student – Default Set
- Home and Business – Home and Student + Outlook 2010
- Professional – Home and Business + Access 2010 + Publisher 2010
According to the comments in this source here, there seems to be not much difference between the different editions for 2010 compared to 2007. The commenter says that Professional and Student edition remain the same to its earlier predecesso
rs, but include OneNote. And, Standard edition has been renamed to Home and Business edition.
2. If you’re purchasing five or more license, then you should consider purchasing suites available through volume licensing.
- Office Standard 2010
- Office Professional Plus 2010
The programs that come with Office Standard 2010 are as follows.
World 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010 with Business Contact Manager, Publisher 2010, Office Web Apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote) + Limited Integration with business productivity servers.
For Office 2010 Professional Plus, the programs that come are as follows.
Office Standard 2010 + Access 2010 + InfoPath 2010 + SharePoint Workspace 2010 + Communicator 2007 R2 + Full Integration with business productivity servers.
The pricing information for these products is available only through volume licensing only. You need to contact your account representative for pricing information.
3. If you’re using Office at University, then you should consider purchasing Office Professional Academic which is priced low to fit for student budgets.
The Office Professional Academic has the following programs included with it – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access.
The pricing is $99 and is available for qualified organizations only.
4. In addition to the above suites, there are two additional suites.
- Office Mobile 2010 – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneNote
- Office Starter 2010 – Word Starter, Excel Starter
Boxed and Product Key Cards
From Office 2010 onwards, retail versions will be available in two forms. The legacy retail boxed form is how all the previous versions of Office have been purchased, since the inception of the Office software. New Product Key cards allow buyers of Office 2001 to unlock Office that is pre-installed on a new PC. However, the two forms of licensing come with one exception. Retail boxed versions will be licensed for 2 PCs, while the Product Key Card form for 1 PC only. The only exception is the Home and Student edition, which is licensed for 3 PCs.
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