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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  • Backstage view (which appears when you click File) has all the information and control over settings that you’ll find in the full Office editions, including yet another opportunity to purchase one of the full versions. Note the limitations are described much more kindly here than in the required disclosures from OEMs.

  • Look! It’s another Purchase button, with more details about what you’re missing. A noteworthy feature not found in full versions is the Take Office With You button, which installs Office Starter on a USB key that runs on any Windows PC.

  • The Starter edition of Word includes the full assortment of built-in templates and also offers access to every template available on Office.com from Microsoft and trusted third parties as well as from user-contributed sources.

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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.