We covered various aspects of Microsoft Office 2010 in the past. Microsoft Office is among the most sold software products and Office 2007 was quite well received. In fact, Office Home and Student was one of Amazon.com’s top 3 Hot Holiday Bestseller software products in 2009. Office Home and Student was also the highest selling PC software product (including games) at retail in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday 2009. Office 2010 is a reasonable improvement over Office 2007 and the beta phase has received huge amounts of interest. According to Microsoft, it is experiencing more than 40,000 downloads of Microsoft Office 2010 beta daily.
Microsoft has finally revealed the cost of various editions of Office 2010. Office 2010 will be available in 4 editions – Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business, Office Professional, and Office Professional Academic. They are priced at $149, $279, $499 and $99 respectively.
Microsoft has also been working on alternate distribution methods for Office 2010. It has partnered with major retailers and PC manufactures, as a result of which new PCs from these partners will ship with Office 2010 pre-loaded. Users will be able to unlock their copy of Office by simply purchasing product key cards. The product key cards are significantly cheaper than the boxed editions. Office Home and Student, Office Home and Business and Office Professional product key cards can be purchased for $119, $199 and $349 respectively.