Microsoft Office 2010 upgrade free if you buy 2007 soon

Customers looking to get their hands on Office 2010 when it comes out later on this year can do so, and for free.  If customers purchase Office 2007 between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010, Microsoft will allow you to download and upgrade to Office 2010 for free.

However, Microsoft is only allowing certain software programs to be considered upgradable through your program including the following versions of Office 2007:
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How exactly does the program work?
Customers who purchase Office Home and Student, Standard, Small Business, Professional or Publisher 2007 can upgrade to that a similar version of Office 2010 when released.  Standard and Small Business editions will be upgraded to Home and Business & Professional edition.

Customers will be able to download - or order a DVD for a small fee - when Office 2010 is available to the public.  Customers must also purchase one of the above versions of Office 2007 from an authorized dealer.

Consumers will still be eligible for a free upgrade with or without a new purchase of a PC, between March 5 and September 30th.  Office 2007 sales and activations must take place during this time frame, in order to qualify for the free upgrade.

Microsoft Office 2010 is expected to hit store shelves around June.

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Looks like this wasn't supposed to be posted. At least not yet.

"Microsoft has not disclosed an Office 2010 Technology Guarantee," a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars. "We have no further comment at this time."

What's the point, why not just wait and buy Office 2010? Won't it be about the same price?

It's not like you can continue to use 2007 after you get the upgrade.

Saburac said,
What's the point, why not just wait and buy Office 2010? Won't it be about the same price?

It's not like you can continue to use 2007 after you get the upgrade.


As someone said earlier, they don't want 2007 sales to drop leading up to 2010.

Edited by fhpuqrgrpgvirzhpujbj, Feb 5 2010, 3:16am :

omnicoder said,

As someone said earlier, they don't want 2007 sales to drop leading up to 2010.

Though, coming to think of it... I seriously hope Microsoft doesn't contract a third party company to run this upgrade program like the Windows 7 upgrade fiasco...

Anyone know if Ultimate is included? The thing is, they did away with Ultimate ediition in 2010. It'd be great if I can get Ultimate 2010 through "The Ultimate Steal" offer...

ryguy2008 said,
Anyone know if Ultimate is included? The thing is, they did away with Ultimate ediition in 2010. It'd be great if I can get Ultimate 2010 through "The Ultimate Steal" offer...

I'd like to know this too!

Is this also valid if Office comes installed on a computer purchased in this time frame? Or only if Office is purchased in a retail box?

Didn't they do the same for 2003 > 2007 upgrade? Could've sworn blind they did... Meh. Anyway, glad this is getting nearer to release there's a LOT of new stuff that I want to adopt...

Guessing this wont work with the "ultimate steal" offer? shame that ultimate 07 isnt part of the free upgrade, as that wouldve been an awesome loop hole

If customers purchase Office 2007 between now March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010...

Author might want to remove that "now". At first read it looks like "between now and March 5".

Andrew Lyle said,
Cheers.
Just for future reference, use the report a problem, but thanks again :)

Yeah you don't want to hurt his ego lol.

I believe the rationale behind these offers is to prevent a big downturn in purchases in the months leading up to release.

Kirkburn said,
I believe the rationale behind these offers is to prevent a big downturn in purchases in the months leading up to release.

Yes, nailed it.