Why you should buy Microsoft Office 2007 despite Microsoft Office 2010 coming out this year

With Office 2010 coming soon, Consumers may be hesitant to purchase Office 2007. Realising this, Microsoft has initiated a plan to help drive sales of Office 2007 and maintain consumer confidence.

The Office 2010 Technology Guarantee Program will allow purchasers of Microsoft Office 2007 to download Microsoft 2010 for free when it releases (you could also opt for a disc version of Office 2010, however there will be a small fee).

To participate, consumers will have to purchase Office 2007 between March 5th, 2010 and September 30th, 2010. Then that copy of Office 2007 will need to be installed and activated by September 30th, 2010. The consumer will then have until October 31st, 2010 to go to www.office.com/techg to download Office 2010 (the same site can be used to order a DVD copy as well). You will also need to keep your sales receipt from your purchase of Office 2007, so be sure not to throw it out and you will have to have or sign up for a Windows Live ID to download the new Office 2010.

For the 2010 Edition, Microsoft will be offering less versions of Office, so;

You will receive the “Office Home and Student 2010” edition if you purchase:

  • Office Home and Student 2007

You will receive the “Office Home and Business 2010” edition if you purchase:

  • Office Standard 2007

You will receive the “Office Professional 2010” edition if you purchase:

  • Office Small Business 2007
  • Office Professional 2007

And, You will receive the stand-alone “Microsoft Publisher 2010” if you purchase:

  • Microsoft Publisher 2007

Remember, this program does not start until March 5th, so if you are considering purchasing Office 2007 before that point, try to wait if possible. Save yourself from having to spend the funds to get the upgrade, especially with the high cost of Office.