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No upgrades to MS Office 2010

Microsoft offers alternative options

Microsoft Office 2010

Users of Microsoft’s older productivity suites, such as MS Office 2007, will not be able to buy cheaper upgrade versions of Office 2010, Microsoft has admitted.

In a FAQ posting on the Microsoft website, the software giant said the move was a bid to streamline its product offering.

‘To simplify our Office 2010 product offering, version upgrade suites are no longer available,’ it said.

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Instead, Microsoft says consumers who bought new PCs pre-loaded with the Office 2010 can purchase a product key designed to activate the software on one PC only.

The product key, which is cheaper than a full boxed copy, contains a backup disc and a single license which cannot be transferred to another PC.

Microsoft also said that subject to eligibility requirements, users who bought, installed and activated Office 2007 between March 5 and September 20, 2010, might be able to download Office 2010 for free. Office 2010 was released to retailers earlier this week.

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