Here are some highlights on how Office 2010 will be sold through OEMs and direct sales along with information about their “Office 2010 adware version” and the public beta for trying out Office 2010.
Microsoft is introducing a new way of selling Office software in the form of Product Key cards, single license cards that can be used to unlock pre-loaded Office 2010. There will only be 3 Office versions available - Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010, Office Home & Business 2010, or Office Professional 2010.
Microsoft is completely doing away with Microsoft Works, and once Office 2010 is launched, all new laptops and PCs will be preloaded with Microsoft Office Starter 2010 Edition instead. This edition will act like a “adware software,” so along with reduced functionality, you will also see advertisements popping up every now and then. Office Starter 2010 will include Office Word Starter 2010 and Office Excel Starter 2010, with the basic functionality for creating, viewing and editing documents.
Microsoft Office 2010 Public Beta will be available next month. During the beta period, Microsoft will invite users to try out and experience Office 2010.