Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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A Field Guide to Office 2010 Editions
activate it on one computer (the “licensed device”) and install another copy on a
portable device “for use by the single primary user of the licensed device.”
● Office Professional is the top-of-the-line Office edition, intended for consumers
and small businesses. It includes the programs in the Home and Business edition and
adds Publisher and Access. The licensing terms are similar to those of the Home and
Business edition. The same package is available for purchase by students and faculty
through academic resellers (at a significantly discounted price) as Office
Professional Academic .
For instructions on how to install and activate a retail copy of Office 2010, see Chapter 2,
“Installing and Updating Microsoft Office 2010.”
What’s in Office Starter Edition?
If you buy a new Windows PC, the computer manufacturer might have installed Office
2010 Starter Edition. This free edition is not a trial copy; it contains no “time bomb”
that causes it to stop working after a few months. It is also considerably more limited
than any retail Office edition. It includes only two programs, Word Starter and Excel
Starter, both of which allow you to create, edit, and save documents in their respective
formats but lack access to advanced features.
What makes Office 2010 Starter Edition most interesting is that it contains the
installation code for all three retail editions. If you decide you want to upgrade to one of those
editions, you can purchase a product key card that allows you to unlock and activate
your preferred edition. The discounted price (compared to the full packaged Office
product) includes a single license and does not allow you to install that Office edition
on another PC.
For more details on Office Starter edition and how to convert it to a full-featured
edition, see “Upgrading from Office 2010 Starter Edition” on page 30.
Finally, businesses that have volume-license agreements with Microsoft can choose from
two available Office editions:
● Office Standard includes Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher.
● Office Professional Plus is the high-end enterprise offering, containing the same
set of programs as Office Standard and adding Access, Microsoft Communicator,
SharePoint Workspace (formerly Groove Workspace), and InfoPath.