In addition to the bare-bones Office 2010 Starter that will come bundled on many new PCs, starting next year, it appears Microsoft has another low-cost option planned.
As part of the announcement of Office Starter on Thursday, Microsoft said consumers will be able to go to retailers and get a 'product key card' with a code to upgrade to a full version of Office, such as the Home and Student, Home and Business and Professional versions.
A close look at the image for the Office Home and Student card reveals text saying: "For one preloaded PC only". Office Home and Student is typically licensed for up to three PCs — meaning this card, which is good for only one PC, has the potential to be cheaper than the standard retail package, which includes a DVD copy and is good for three computers.
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