A closer look at Office Starter 2010

A closer look at Office Starter 2010

Summary: Office 2010 Starter is a new option that replaces the old, time-bombed trial versions from earlier Office versions. This no-nonsense splash screen explains what’s available in the “reduced functionality” version and includes one of many Purchase buttons available throughout the program.

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  • Compare the ribbon in the Starter Edition (shown here) to the one in the unrestricted version of Excel and you’ll see that four tabs are missing, making it difficult to work with data connections and impossible to use PivotTables.

  • Compare the reasonably full Excel Starter interface with this truly stripped-down Excel Web App. The Insert tab has a mere two commands available, and many formatting and formula option are completely missing. (This screen is from a SharePoint site, but the SkyDrive app looks the same.)

  • As with Word, the feature set in Excel Starter is identical to the full version where it exists, as in these three tabs worth of commands for creating and editing charts.

Topics: Collaboration, Legal, Microsoft, Software

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  • Take Office With You button

    Hopefully they add this feature to the final, full 2101 version. How useful!
    jznoy-dallas
  • Office To-Go

    That is a cool little feature. It should be included in all versions of Office 2010. It would be super helpful to have a light version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and maybe even Outlook on you wherever you go.
    WixosTrix