Free Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition; download Office 2010 free trial

Are you looking for the free Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition? Read this article to learn more about the free Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition and download Office 2010 trial.

Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition is a free, limited edition of the Microsoft's powerful Office suite of products. Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition includes only 2 products at this time:

  • Microsoft Word Starter Edition

  • Microsoft Excel Starter Edition

  • Microsoft included the free Office 2010 starter edition with OEM PCs with the intention of making the home users familiar with the MS Office products. The starter edition is a limited edition and is may not be adequate for business use or advanced home use.

    Who is MS Office 2010 starter edition suitable for?

    The MS Office 2010 starter edition is suitable for the following group:

    1. Home users who are not yet ready to go for paid, full version of MS Office products

    2. Home users who are currently using free alternatives but like to use genuine and familiar Microsoft Office

    How to get free Office 2010 starter edition

    The free Office 2010 starter edition is not available for separate purchase. It can be downloaded only by OEMs to include with OEM distributed PCs. As of now, the only legal way for home users to get a free Windows 2010 starter edition is through the OEM PCs. If the manufacturer decided to include the MS Office 2010 Starter edition in a CD and give it to you along with the computer your purchase, you can keep your copy and reinstall anytime you want. If you don't get CD and you format your computer, you probably don't have an option to get your free MS Office 2010 back on your computer. Learn more about the MS Office 2010 Starter Edition.

    Office 2010 is not a trial software. You can use it as long as you want. The only restriction is, the features are limited and you can unlock certain features only if you buy a paid license. Also, the free Starter edition is Ad supported.

    Download MS Office 2010 Trial

    Even though MS Office 2010 Starter Edition is not available for consumer download, you can always get the full Office 2010 suite for a 30 day free trial. After 30 days free trial, you can continue to use the Office 2010 at a charge of US$ 6 per month.

    Major features missing or disabled in Office 2010 starter edition

  • There is no PowerPoint software included, so you cannot use Powerpoint presentations.

  • No outlook, so you have to depend on free email clients to manage your emails

  • No MS Project, no OneNote

  • No pivot tables to analyze data

  • No option to track changes

  • Connect to external data sources from Excel

  • You cannot turn off advertisements

  • How to disable Ads in MS Office 2010 Starter Edition

    The free starter edition of MS Office 2010 is ad supported and you cannot turn off the Ads. Microsoft has made it clear in the documentation. Ads are supposed to stay as long as you enjoy the free starter edition. Only way you can remove the Ads from the starter edition is by upgrading it to a paid full Office suite.

    Take it this way - you can enjoy free Ads with your free software!

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    Guest Author: Micheal30 Aug 2012

    Thank you for providing detailed information on Microsoft Office Starter 2010. Do you know if this free edition of MS Office included with Windows 8 OEM computers?

    It would have been much better if Microsoft had given this for free. What is the point in giving this free only for some customers?

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