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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