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Microsoft Reveals Office 2010 UK Pricing

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Reveals Office 2010 UK Pricing

While we still have plenty more Mobile World Congress news to bring you, we do have a quick diversion because Microsoft has just announced the UK pricing for Office 2010.

The table below spells everything out rather nicely, so rather than waste time repeating it all ad nauseum it is worth pointing out the main issue: it's not cheap!

Yep, Microsoft certainly hasn't buckled to pressure from the fast evolving and free Google Docs and OpenOffice (now onto v3.2) and reduced the RRPs of its ubiquitous productivity suite. In fact £429.99 for Office Professional rather takes our breath away.

That said, if you are committed to the company's next gen suite then it is worth pointing out that Microsoft hasn't detailed volume licensing for Office 2010 at this time (pray for sizeable discounts). What it has done though is firm up info on its 'Product Key Cards' which do improve the path-of-least-resistance model for businesses and consumers alike. In essence they do exactly what their name suggests: provide users with a licence key(s) for pre-installed Office suites on new PCs. On the flip side this also encourages more PC makers to pre-install Office since they know they can push a Product Key Card at a later date. Simple, but effective.

Microsoft Office 2010 launches in June, and if you haven't tried the free beta download you best follow the link below and get a taste while you still can.


Office 2010


February 18, 2010, 6:51 pm

I heard rumours that you'll be able to upgrade Office 2007 copies, bought after a certain date, to 2010. I hope that's true, as that will probably be the cheapest path.

On the other hand, Open Office does everything I need, and its start-up times have greatly improved with 3.2.

Sir Stuie

February 18, 2010, 7:11 pm

Ouch, I will be sticking with Open Office once again it seems. Honestly it was difficult for me to move to OO and I often wanted to move back to MS but once you get used to it you are not sacrificing anything. I urge everyone to try it for a few months before submitting to M$ once again.


February 18, 2010, 7:19 pm

Fantastic - I'll add that to my list of purchases alongside the chocolate teapot and hand-brake for my canoe!


February 18, 2010, 7:24 pm

My vote goes for Open Office..


February 18, 2010, 7:45 pm

The prices for the Home and Student edition are about what Office 2007 was when it came out and the price quickly fell. And I don't suppose there's been any word on Office for Mac prices?


February 18, 2010, 7:55 pm

Gah... I'll wait to hear what the iPad version'll cost ;).

Tony Walker

February 18, 2010, 8:21 pm

Open Office here too.

It's even got its own version of Basic (VBA in Office) for the power users.


February 18, 2010, 9:10 pm

So you get Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for £110 with an option to pay an extra £140 just to get Outlook 2010. Think I will stick with Thunderbird :)


February 18, 2010, 9:19 pm

Hey, quit yer griping - someone has to pay for all that expensive Xbox / Zune / Longhorn / Bob / Surface / Actimates Barney / etc. R & D!


February 18, 2010, 9:34 pm

Reading the available reviews on MS Office 2010, I'm not sure if it's worth an upgrade for Office 2007 users. There were significant changes in terms of features and speed from 2003 to 2007 versions; just the same way from Win XP to Win7 OS.


February 18, 2010, 9:58 pm

I managed to "go legit" and get Home & student version of office 2007 from Amazon for £60. Quite reasonable!

However, MS make their money from Office from businesses so I'm sure MS can afford to lower those prices to consumers. The prices for 2010 are actually more expensive than their 2007 counterparts! How can they justify an increase?


February 18, 2010, 10:06 pm

Home and Student VS Home and Business only difference is outlook, is that actually work £100 in itself?


February 18, 2010, 10:07 pm

my vote goes to torrents...


February 18, 2010, 10:16 pm

Yet more proof that fools and their money are quickly parted.


February 18, 2010, 10:21 pm

Sorry, but I fail to see the problem with these prices.

Most people need Office Home, that's £100 give or take. There will be reductions online no doubt as well. I think £20 for each of the 5 parts of that is mighty good value. It's only companies (which get volume discounts) who need the more expensive versions; which include support so are actually good value.

People expect everything for free these days, you expect MS to just give them Office for nothing. MS have so much free software, they need to make money somewhere.

As a developer it pains me to see people with this "oh it's not free i'll go for OO" attitude. I mean what's the point in making a program if you cannot get paid for it?


February 18, 2010, 10:31 pm

Well said HK.

At the end of the day Microsoft can charge what the hell they like. If you don't like it, don't buy it. I am sure they are clever enough to price it at the right level that maximises their ROI. Do Microsoft play on the fact they have the defacto standard - of course they do - name a business that wouldn't! That is the reward for doing all the investment and winning the race.


February 18, 2010, 10:33 pm

It annoys me immensely that so many businesses used pirated copies of Office, or Home & Student versions. However you can KIND of see why they do it given the huge price tag and lack of any flexibility, if you've ever tried to buy just Word or Excel on their own its so expensive its pointless. This is certainly not going to encourage people to upgrade to 2010 or to buy a genuine copy..


February 19, 2010, 12:24 am

It will be nice if the Enterprise edition will be available for £20 through participating companies - that's where I got my copy of 2007.

If not, I'd happily pay £90 for it. It will be well supported, last 4 more years and at that price, as indicated above, each component costs £5 a year. People do take it forgranted.

Martin Daler

February 19, 2010, 12:41 am

If you are the student try pugh.co.uk - win 7 pro and ms office 2007 enterprise each under £35 a piece.

Even if you are not a student, try software4students.co.uk, almost as cheap and you only need a family member in education - eg your child is at school or uni.

If you are a DINKY, well you've probably got the money!


February 19, 2010, 12:45 am

It should also be added that the Home & Student version is for 3 licenses! So the prices for that version is exceptional.


February 19, 2010, 3:18 pm

Oh great, because I can't find an alternative that reads .pub files I have to pay £429.99! I think rebuilding all my files is the least painful option. Publisher, Word and Excel are all I use and the top package just doesn't justify the cost of upgrading so I'll be sticking with Office 2003 for now.

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