Office 2010 UK pricing announced, some editions 35% more expensive than U.S.

Microsoft has unveiled the UK pricing for Office 2010 today and it's not good news for Brits wanting to get their hands on a copy of Microsoft's latest and greatest.

Pricing for some versions of Office 2010 in the UK is 35% more than prices in the US. Office Home and Business will be priced at £239.99 in the UK and $279 (£176) in the US. Although the US prices do not include local Taxes, the hike in prices is still substantial.

IT Pro questioned Office Product Manager Chris Adams over the prices. "There are different market dynamics - channel margins, for example, local market conditions, foreign exchange - that we need to take on board," he said.

Boxed copies of Office 2010 in the UK will be available at the following prices:

  • Office Home and Student - £109.99
  • Office Home and Business - £239.99
  • Office Professional - £429.99

Microsoft also said it will be offering Product Key Cards for customers who purchase new PCs from retailers. The Key Cards unlock a trial version of Office 2010 that is pre-loaded by OEMs onto PCs. Product Key Cards for Office 2010 in the UK will be available at the following prices:

  • Office Home and Student Key Card - £89.99
  • Office Home and Business Key Card - £189.99
  • Office Professional Key Card - £299.99

Microsoft revealed last month that customers who purchase Office 2007 between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 will receive a free upgrade copy to Office 2010. Check out Neowin's top new features in Office 2010. Microsoft Office 2010 is expected to be generally available on June 15.

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