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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  • 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.

  • One surprising new feature that is unique to Office Starter is the ability to create a portable version of Office that runs from a USB key. The setup program downloads some files and then configures a USB flash drive to run Office (on Windows only, naturally).

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  • Take Office With You button

    Hopefully they add this feature to the final, full 2101 version. How useful!
  • 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.