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Microsoft Phasing Out Office Starter Edition 132 132

nk497 writes "Microsoft has started phasing out its Office 2010 Starter edition, ahead of the arrival of Windows 8. Office Starter was included in the OEM pre-installation kit (OPK) of software sent to manufacturers, and included ad-supported versions of Word and Excel, but not Outlook or PowerPoint. That will be replaced with an Office 2010 Transition OPK, which will instead push users to download a trial of the Office suite and offer a link to buy the full version. The free Office Web Apps will also be available for users not wanting the full version."
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Microsoft Phasing Out Office Starter Edition

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  • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by sdnoob (917382) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @12:22AM (#40418899)

    actually, a lot of people use office starter, even in soho environments.. and that's microsoft's "problem", it was cutting into sales. not enough people actually *buying* their overpriced office products.

    plus, some clever folks online have figured out how to install starter on any newer (vista or seven, i think) pc.

  • Re:Who cares? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Tough Love (215404) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @12:55AM (#40419007)

    Libreoffice cares, that's who. This boneheaded move by Microsoft will be good for at least doubling the downloads.

  • Re:Who cares? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by sortius_nod (1080919) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @01:47AM (#40419131) Homepage

    Doesn't beat free, which is the point here.

  • There is no such thing as "100% office compatibility"... Just 2 days ago i watched someone copy his powerpoint presentation from one dell laptop to a slightly different model because he couldn't get the external monitor port working with a projector. The results, when displayed up on a big screen were quite embarrassing, with various formatting errors cropping up. Both laptops were a similar age, both running windows 7 and msoffice 2010.

  • by martin-boundary (547041) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @03:46AM (#40419421)

    Thus, I'm part of the incredibly small minority of people who actually think it's dumb for them to get rid of Starter.

    I suspect they're being smarter than you give them credit, actually. Did you click on the ads and buy a product? No? How many people who used Starter did actually clickthrough? I bet the Starter Edition brings in next to no revenue to Microsoft. They may not be very good at software engineering, but they are excellent at sales, and if they think that switching people to a new shareware/trialware system is going to be more profitable, then they're probably right.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 23, 2012 @03:49AM (#40419431)

    That usually means the presentation was made by someone who is incompetent.

    It is like people using the spacebar to "align" columns in a text document instead of using a table, and then
    wondering why it looks so ugly when they print it or change the font.

    There are lots of people who "know how to use office". But often they know very, very little.

  • Re:Who cares? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by TheRaven64 (641858) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @06:14AM (#40419853) Journal
    $99 is not much if for a piece of software that you use as an important part of your job. $99 is a lot for a thing that you use occasionally at home. The problem is that since discontinuing MS Works, Microsoft doesn't really have a product for people in the latter category. They'll end up using Google Docs, Open/LibreOffice or some other competitor's product and then one of the big advantages of MS Office - that everyone uses it and so training costs are low - is reduced.
  • by Patch86 (1465427) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @06:22AM (#40419889)

    That usually means the presentation was made by someone who is incompetent.

    The vast majority of people who use presentation software (the entire target market for Powerpoint) are not going to be experts. It's software pretty much explicitly for people are not experts at graphic design (such as your average executive or middle manager) to put together a little visual accompaniment to a meeting they're running. If they needed to be an expert in Powerpoint in order for it to be useful, they probably wouldn't be using Powerpoint- they'd be using a proper graphic design package.

    If Microsoft Office is too complicated for the masses of non-IT office workers to use properly, something has gone horribly wrong.

  • Re:Who cares? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 23, 2012 @08:08AM (#40420163)

    Most of us aren't students.

  • by Nimey (114278) on Saturday June 23, 2012 @10:00AM (#40420595) Homepage Journal

    I know this post is gonna get voted down


    Also, please use paragraphs as a courtesy to your readers. I can't make myself read that constipated mess.

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