Microsoft Office Starter Edition gets the boot

Microsoft has officially announced that Office Starter Edition will be no longer available. The cut down version of Office, offering just Word and Excel (with ads inside at that) will be replaced by Office Web Apps – the Internet versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint announced back in 2008.

“We will begin to phase out the shipment of PCs with Office Starter 2010,” a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed. “After Windows 8 becomes available, most new PCs shipped will not have Office Starter. People who use Office Starter 2010 today will continue to be able to use the product for the life of their PC. For Windows 7/ Office Starter 2010 users who want to upgrade their PC to Windows 8 and continue using Office Starter 2010, they will have to install an update to Microsoft Office 2010, which is available today.”

Microsoft Office Logo

Until now new OEM PCs usually came with Office 2010 preinstalled with users getting access to just Office Starter 2010 while the full version resided on the hard drive waiting to be unlocked. The goal was users, being tired of the limitations, to purchase the full version but the plan did not work as expected.

In addition this week Microsoft also introduced the new Office 2010 Transition OPK that comes without Office 2010 Starter.

“Effective immediately, the Office 2010 Transition OPK replaces prior versions of the Office 2010 OPK,” Microsoft states. “The website for OEMs to order Starter licenses is now disabled, and all of the links from the Office OPK pages have been pulled.  The ‘Transition OPK’ is now the only download available,” said one of my contacts, who requested anonymity.”

Next year the software giant is expected to release Office 2013 with the public beta coming out in the next few weeks.


Source: Tom’s Hardware

Related posts

Beyond: Two Souls announced at E3

The Heavy Rain game developer Quantic Dreams has unveiled its next project at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012 – the Beyond: Two Souls video game. Beyond: Two Souls will be a single-player game only and will use the technology first shown in the Kara trailer earlier this...

Sony Unveils 32GB MicroVault Click

Sony is launching a version of its MicroVault Click USB storage device with a massive 32GB capacity. The result of an ongoing commitment to innovation in the field of storage technology, the new model will be welcomed by anyone who has to handle HD video or high definition still images in...

Panasonic’s New VIERA GT25 Full HD 3D Plasma Series

Panasonic's New VIERA GT25 Full HD 3D Plasma Series

Panasonic announced  VIERA GT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs, which will include 42-inch and 50-inch class screen sizes and will be available in late August 2010. The VIERA GT25 Series include many of the same features found on the VIERA VT25 models including, 600Hz Sub-field Drive,  1080p...

Leave a comment