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Microsoft Office 2010 Starter to Display Ads

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In 2010 Microsoft will ship new machines with Office 2010 Starter, a basic, stripped-down version of Office 2010 designed to provide minimal functionality right out of the box.

Of course, the idea is that people will use the Starter version for a little while but inevitably upgrade to the full version of Office 2010. Now, as if reduced functionality weren't enough of an incentive to upgrade, Microsoft has said in its blog that the Starter edition will be ad-supported.

It all starts off fairly innocently with a blog post detailing new ways to try and buy Office 2010. Microsoft talks about the number of users, growth and all that business before moving on to "big improvements in the way we’ll deliver the next version of Office to consumers."

As part of Office 2010 software that will be pre-loaded by the PC manufacturers on their PCs, we’re introducing Microsoft Office Starter 2010. Office Starter 2010 is a reduced-functionality, advertising-supported version of Office 2010, available exclusively on new PCs. Office Starter 2010 will provide new PC owners with immediate exposure to the Office 2010 experience on new PCs right out of the box.

Office Starter 2010 will include Office Word Starter 2010 and Office Excel Starter 2010, with the basic functionality for creating, viewing and editing documents. Office Starter 2010 will replace Microsoft Works, offering a consistent Office user experience, such as the Ribbon, with a simple path to upgrade to a fully-featured version of Office 2010 directly from within the product.

Hands up who's totally stoked about ads inside Office? That's what I thought.

Check the full blog post here.

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    geoffs , October 9, 2009 3:26 PM
    If it's free (i.e. it doesn't cost the manufacturer or user any money), then I don't have an issue with it. However, if they're charging for it AND making you watch ads, that's unacceptable.
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    ssalim , October 9, 2009 3:06 PM
    That's lame.
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    ssalim , October 9, 2009 3:06 PM
    That's lame.
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    t33lo , October 9, 2009 3:15 PM
    I am just starting to get used to Office 2007, I hope the transitions isn't as drastic.
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    r3t4rd , October 9, 2009 3:18 PM
    You realize it is free but stripped down version with ads. Most people will use it and won't care as long as they can type up thier mid term papers etc. I think MS, by doing this and as evil as they can be sometimes, wins.

    And Open Office...may be on the extinction list.
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    geoffs , October 9, 2009 3:26 PM
    If it's free (i.e. it doesn't cost the manufacturer or user any money), then I don't have an issue with it. However, if they're charging for it AND making you watch ads, that's unacceptable.
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    hellwig , October 9, 2009 3:35 PM
    For the love of god, if you buy the starter edition, DO NOT CLICK THE ADS!!!

    People don't realize that annoying ads can be stopped by simply not clicking them. If no one clicked those stupid ads, they wouldn't make any money and they'd stop using them.

    I understand advertising is currently the economic model employed by the internet, and some ads are beneficial. A Google Ad on a search can lead you to the product you wanted instead of someone's blog about the product. However, when its just a company trying to pad its budget for a product it admits isn't worth the asking price, just say no.

    That said, lets see how many inline ads Kontera inserts into my little post here. PC iPod Widows Browser iPhone email IM blah blah blah.
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    omnimodis78 , October 9, 2009 3:36 PM
    Hmmmm....'copy' but no 'paste'? 'Save', but no 'save as'? Can't resize fonts? I wonder what will be cut out of the starter edition. It would have to be something super important or else fewer people will upgrade than Microsoft anticipates.
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    fooldog01 , October 9, 2009 3:36 PM
    geoffsIf it's free (i.e. it doesn't cost the manufacturer or user any money), then I don't have an issue with it. However, if they're charging for it AND making you watch ads, that's unacceptable.


    I feel the same way. I dont give a crap if software is ad supported as long as I dont have to pay anything for it.
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    E7130 , October 9, 2009 3:38 PM
    t33loI am just starting to get used to Office 2007, I hope the transitions isn't as drastic.


    I've been using 2010 for a few months, I like it better the 07. It responds better and the navigation is even more simpler, they have updated it with a new ribbon and a lot of new features.
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    pug_s , October 9, 2009 3:42 PM
    Talking about ad-ware.
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    ravewulf , October 9, 2009 4:11 PM
    Well, at least we should be rid of Microsoft Works
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    jimmy1989 , October 9, 2009 4:33 PM
    wonderful. more microsoft bs. basic word processing should be a no-nonsense included feature with any major operating system. having them provide it in a reduced functionality mode AND with advertising is rediculous
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    dextermat , October 9, 2009 4:53 PM
    Damn screw ups: put adds and full functionality; pay for it for no adds.... simple enough... damn idiots
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    Regulas , October 9, 2009 5:02 PM
    I have an foolproof fix to not see the advertisements in MS Office lite.
    It goes something like this:
    "Welcome to Ubuntu, would you like to use the entire drive?"
    I will click on yes, permanent fix is done.
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    Anonymous , October 9, 2009 5:16 PM
    Oh Great, Just what we Don't Need!

    MS Office will become just one more piece of AdWare and worse....

    It may even provide a new venue for Malware Purveyors to infect systems on which the Starter Edition is installed.
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    lamorpa , October 9, 2009 5:16 PM
    dextermatDamn screw ups: put adds and full functionality; pay for it for no adds.... simple enough... damn idiots
    jimmy1989wonderful. more microsoft bs. basic word processing should be a no-nonsense included feature with any major operating system. having them provide it in a reduced functionality mode AND with advertising is rediculous


    You have certain demands for your free software? I'd hate to meet you at the soup kitchen.

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    wildwell , October 9, 2009 5:41 PM
    This is an interesting move. I kinda like the idea and am curious what major functions are removed from the Starter editions. It can see lots of starving students trying to make this work for them; and Microsoft could keep making some money from them by placing gaming ads.

    For those of you that hate the idea of free ad supported software but want demand a free word processor and spreadsheet, download Open Office.
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    dextermat , October 9, 2009 6:03 PM
    lamorpa
    You have certain demands for your free software? I'd hate to meet you at the soup kitchen.[/citation]

    Lol just little pissed of at people doing half the work. Then leave costumer with crappy frustrating software (and they say they did a good job)Just recalling the 60 day office 2007 trial.... witch once disable, costumers complains because they can't do anything with their work.

    Just like minister of Health in canada, letting the health system in decay..... costing more and more tax payers money.....

    Just think about that.
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    the_krasno , October 9, 2009 6:21 PM
    ssalimThat's lame.


    Microsoft is lame. Even MSN Messenger displays adds, and there is no way to shut them down!
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    virtualban , October 9, 2009 8:52 PM
    My company uses office 2003 for the most. Even when some use 2007 and it's ribon toolbar thing, and can't seem to find 'save as .doc instead of .docx' so that the rest of us can read the thing, there's a fix in MS website so 2003 can read those files. I don't care about the product being old, bugs, patches and the rest. None of these can save you when you click on whatever comes to your inbox, or when you visit whatever you think it's safe or when you don't have any script block or updatet antivirus.
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    virtualban , October 9, 2009 8:56 PM
    Will we miss office clippy?
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