Office 2010 pricing revealed

Microsoft Office General Manager, Rachel Bondi, has officially announced the official Office 2010 pricing. The interesting thing to see is the ability to purchase a card with a product key on it, foregoing the physical CD, and saving a nice chunk of change. But beware; if you buy the product key card only, you are limited to installing it on a single computer. If, however, you buy the boxed edition, you are entitled to install the program on two of your PCs.

Here are the prices:

  • Professional - $499 boxed, $349 for product key
  • Professional Academic - $99 boxed only
  • Home and Student - $149 boxed, $119 for product key
  • Home and Business - $279 boxed, $199 for product key

Office Home and Student will also be available in a 3 license Family Pack, though the price is not listed. The Professional version will include Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, Publisher 2010, Access 2010, and premium technical support. The Home and Student version will contain Word 2010, Excel 2010, PowerPoint 2010, and OneNote 2010. The Home and Business edition will just add Outlook on top of the Home and Student offering, and will be licensed for business use. The Professional Academic version will only be available from campus bookstores and authorized academic resellers. All editions will also come with the Office Web Apps that users have been eagerly awaiting.

Below are the editions in more detail...

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Love that they stuck with the $100 copy of Professional for academic users. It'll likely end up on JourneyEd and Academic Superstore... which means... if you have a kid (or are a kid) and can provide a scan of a school ID, you can get it for that price. It's not just for college students, and it really is a great deal.

Bear in mind folks that these are retail prices. In actuality, you can get Office 2010 cheaper ... much cheaper, and legally!

techfreak said,
Bear in mind folks that these are retail prices. In actuality, you can get Office 2010 cheaper ... much cheaper, and legally!

Thank you for getting the word out!

I think too many people realize that these prices are only going to be seen on the MS online store and on big-name retailers! As soon as it's released discounts will be flying out!

I wonder if there will be an upgrade option for the Home and Student versions. If not I probably won't upgrade at home.

But beware; if you buy the product key card only, you are limited to installing it on a single computer. If, however, you buy the boxed edition, you are entitled to install the program on two of your PCs.

That asinine, so for an additional $60 or more they'll throw in the ability to install Office on two machines if you purchase the full product over the product key card.

primortal said,
That asinine, so for an additional $60 or more they'll throw in the ability to install Office on two machines if you purchase the full product over the product key card.

This is a problem, why? It's not like the packaging is worth $150 in the case of the Professional edition.

Office Home and Business is incomplete without publisher. What business wouldn't want Publisher MS!!! TELL ME!!

An unprofessional one... duh! If you're going to be professional you use Publisher if you are just going to be a Business you use Home and Business.

Kalint said,
Office Home and Business is incomplete without publisher. What business wouldn't want Publisher MS!!! TELL ME!!

If anything I'd say Publisher is really only good for home users.

We have 40,000 desktops in our home office, of which less than probably 500 need Publisher. Much better that we aren't paying for something we don't need.

microsofts in serious trouble. they missed the smartphone craze, something which was so obviously coming it's amazing, and they think people are still interested in owning software like office, when it's more and more obvious that cloud based doc editing and storage is going to happen.

ev0| said,
microsofts in serious trouble. they missed the smartphone craze, something which was so obviously coming it's amazing, and they think people are still interested in owning software like office, when it's more and more obvious that cloud based doc editing and storage is going to happen.

errr no. I'm pretty sure that in the corporate world it's more inconvenient when have to do your documents online. Much easier to share and access documents through the network and not rely on the internet, especially when it fails. And Microsoft still has the best feature-packed smartphones out there and when WM7 comes around there will some serious competition out there.

Corporate America is pretty far from putting all their critical docs on the cloud just yet, so MS has nothing to worry about for the time being. And since they are already working on online components, they clearly have a long term plan as well.

bob_c_b said,
Corporate America is pretty far from putting all their critical docs on the cloud just yet, so MS has nothing to worry about for the time being. And since they are already working on online components, they clearly have a long term plan as well.


Also, connections to the cloud fail.

Further, in addition to connectivity issues, one other reason to oppose the cloud is *security issues* (except for the most mundane of applications, security is an issue still being worked on for the cloud, despite notable recent breakthroughs). Lastly, out-of-cloud backups are either necessary (for corporate peace of mind) or even required (legal requirements), cloud or no cloud. OO and Google Docs (or even Google Apps) still has no real answer to Outlook (which I have found to be the best GMail client out there, online OR offline, and POP or IMAP).

dimithrak said,
Guess the ugly icons are gonna stay :(.. i prefer the current 07 ones..

I too find it interesting you don't like their icons. They make programs more easily identifiable, which most people I know of need!

Some people really complain about the packages and the number of them. Looking at them, i think they are smart and really spread the cost around.

The Home and Student version is simply the old standard version. You don't have to be a student. It is marketed at high school students who don't come from a prep school that offers MSDNAA, which is most. As for the Professional Academic, it like MSDNAA is targeted at university students.

According to the download on their site, PA is only available at "authorized academic resellers," so it's probably aimed towards the college student.

I wonder what they'll be selling it for on journeyed.com...

Memnochxx said,
Is Office ever on MSDNAA?

I haven't seen Office as a whole offered on MSDNAA, but individual applications were made available. For 2007, there were OneNote and Project.

Jebadiah said,
What happened to free versions of Word and Excel? Guess that was just a rumor.

Not a rumor. That will be available with ad-support and limited functionality for new machines. It's in Beta testing right now.

There used to "upgrade pricing" for the SKUs equivalent to Standard (Home & Business) and Prof (2 PC licenses-1 desktop and 1 laptop) which was $239 (Standard upgrade) and $279 (Prof upgrade) instead of $279 and $499 if you want more than one license. For single licenses, it is much cheaper now. Standard is +$40 for 2 licenses and Prof is +$220!!!!!! for 2 licenses. Or MS is yet to announce "upgrade pricing".

Home and Student, as already mentioned, is not limited to any group. Any consumer can purchase it. Professional Academic is meant for college students, and will likely require proof of attending a college.

MSDNAA offers certain programs, but not suites, of Office 2007. I doubt they will put full-fledged suites on MSDNAA, and if they do, it would probably be Professional Academic.

JourneyEd is likely going to have the suites as soon as they come out, as they did with Office 2007. They are trying desperately to get rid of Office 2007 with discounted prices, but they are not low enough for most. I personally feel JourneyEd is not much of a money-saver.