New Windows 7 PCs To Ship Ad-Supported Office 2010

Remember Microsoft Works, a lighter, entry-level Microsoft Office-type software that often shipped with new computers? According to tech news site Betanews, Microsoft is ditching the Works model, replacing it with a free, ad-supported version of Microsoft Office with limited functionality that will ship from participating manufacturers.

In fact, the full Office suite will be installed on these computers, but it'll remained crippled until whatever time the user decides to purchase an upgrade from their PC seller, who will simply hand them a card with a licence on it. It probably sounds like good news to people who don't really need Microsoft Office to do any sort of heavy lifting, but with so many good Office alternatives for those folks, it's probably not going to be the best option out there.



    Newbie question. For people who would prefer to use OpenOffice or Lotus or any other alternative, how much crud will Office Starter 2010 leave on the computer when being uninstalled?

    I personally tend to favour SSuite Office’s free office suites. Their software also don’t need to run on Java or .NET, like so many open source office suites, so it makes their software very small and efficient.

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