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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. For more details, see the accompanying post: Office 2010 Starter dumps the crapware, but gets ad support
PC makers pay a license fee to Microsoft to install Office Starter on new PCs. (It’s not available to ordinary retail customers.) You can use the Starter Edition with no restrictions or upgrade by purchasing a product key and activating the full version.
The collection of programs in Office Starter is Spartan, to say the least. You get Word Starter and Excel Starter, with a few extra tools. The PC maker is required to warn you that the Starter programs have “reduced functionality” and also include advertising.