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Microsoft Office 2010 Technology Guarantee

Buy Office 2007 Today, Get Office 2010 Free

Today I received notice, via Amazon, that for a limited time Microsoft is offering a free upgrade deal. Purchase, install, and activate a qualifying Office 2007 product between March 5, 2010, Office 2010 logoand September 30, 2010, and you’ll be eligible to download Office 2010 at no additional cost. The Microsoft details page is here.

I noted, also, that Amazon’s price for Home and Student Edition is very competitive, and I was pleased to see that the option to have it on disc was free too. The Amazon page is here.

Some thoughts on Office 2007/2010:
I have been using “the new Office” since the beta of Office 2007, and am currently running the beta of 2010. I find the modest improvements in 2010 quite nice, but since I am not doing a lot of “online collaboration”, nor in a true business environment (no cubicle for me), I am not able to leverage all of its advanced features.

I have no trouble with the “new” Ribbon menu bars, and I love being able to preview, and then apply, formatting ‘dynamically’. But – and this is a pretty big ‘but’ here – longtime users of Office (97 – 2003) do not always find the transition to the new menus so… pleasant. Fortunately, Microsoft provides many aids for easing the transition to the newer way, such as the Office 2010 menu to ribbon reference workbooks. There is a learning curve going from Office 2003/older, yes.

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  1. The transformation is not too difficult to make – I did it in about two weeks. Anyway, I think the coolest think on Office 2010 is that there is a “Cancel” button on the loading screen. LOL


    Comment by Adrian | April 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Adrian,
      I did not have any trouble adapting to the Ribbon, and took to it like a duck takes to water, but that is not the case for many, many people. Office was a certain way forever, and people have become used to things being in a certain place, and having to look for something that should be right there is frustrating for them.
      It is important for readers to understand that there is now two Office’s – old school, and new, and that Office 2003 was the last of the ‘old’.

      It is MHO that the kewelest aspect of the xml-based “new school” is the ability to preview – with a mouse hover – what a modification will look like.. Either that, or the ability to make sweeping changes to a presentation with a single click..


      Comment by techpaul | April 10, 2010 | Reply

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