Here is some news for people who buy Office 2007 (not for those who already have them), you will get a free upgrade to Office 2010, if you buy a copy of Office 2007 between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010.
However, not all versions quality for a free upgrade. Only users who purchase Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Office Standard 2007, Office Small Business 2007, Office Professional 2007 or Publisher 2007 will be eligible to receive an upgrade to a similar Office 2010 upgrade.
According to a now deleted post from Charles Van Heusen’s blog (Google cache link), here is how you can be eligible for an upgrade.
Purchase Office 2007â€”Customer buys qualifying Office 2007 product (with or without a new PC) from an authorized reseller between March 5 September 30, 2010.
Install and Activate Office 2007â€”Customer installs and activates Office 2007 by September 30,2010.
Download Office 2010â€”Customer simply downloads Office 2010 for free when Office 2010 is available, or orders a DVD for a fee. Customer must request upgrade by October 31, 2010.
Is it Worth It?
Take a look at the comparison below for pricing difference between Office 2007 and Office 2010 which was derived from the Office 2010 pricing.
- Office Home and Student 2007 costs $149 and so does the 2010 version – NO Benefits
- Office 2007 Standard costs $399.95, Office Home and Business 2010 version will cost $279 – Loss of $120
- Office Small Business 2007 costs $449.95, Office Professional 2010 version will cost $499 – Benefit of $50
- Office Professional 2007 costs $499.95, Office Professional 2010 version will cost $499, Loss of $.95
As you can see, users will only get some benefit if they purchase a copy of Office Small Business 2007, all other versions either give you no benefits or lose you some money in the bargain.
Another interesting thing about this deal is that the deal is actually available thru September 2010, so I am guessing that Office 2010 will start selling in October 2010 rather than June 2010 as we had earlier told you. Looks like October is now a somewhat lucky month for Microsoft, their last product Windows 7 has definitely given them a reason to smile and it was released in October 2009.
Please note, all the rates were taken from the official price list available at Microsoft. These prices do not include deals you will get by buying the Office 2007 products at a third party site.