Buy Office 2007, Get Office 2010 for Free?

Just as how Microsoft gave late Windows Vista buyers an (almost) free upgrade path the Windows 7, it appears that the same will apply to those picking up Office 2007 in the months leading up to the release of Office 2010.

Ars Technica caught a cached copy of a bulletin posted on a Microsoft U.S. Partner Community website that specifies that customers who purchase and activate a copy of Office 2007, with or without a new PC, from an authorized reseller between March 5, 2010 and September 30, 2010 qualify for the promotion.

Those who satisfy the qualifications must request his or her free Office 2010 product by October 31, 2010 using an activated Office 2007 Product Key and a dated sales receipt.

Although this information is no longer available on the partner website, we suspect that the deal is real. Microsoft often makes these sort of "technology guarantees" and this information leak is likely just a case of the company revealing plans with its partners before making a formal announcement to the public. After all, letting this information out this soon could potentially halt all Office 2007 sales for the next month.

Here is the provided image regarding the free upgrade path:

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  • coolgod
    microsoft ftw!!
  • Shadow703793
    This is more or less what they did with Vista before Win 7 release.
  • freddysanchez
    well this sucks because to most people feel like its too soon for the 2010 version for the fact that alot of places still use the 2003 version. heck even I just started using 2007 about a year ago after my old pc crashed and decided to build a new one. oh well I guess its time to upgrade . . . NOT lol im sticking with 2007 version I dont think I need to upgrade yet
  • zorky9
    They should offer BIG discounts for early adopters as well.
  • tpi2007
    Well, if this halts the sales for this month, or they see it as a risk. they have only one option: get this plan in motion in advance.
  • choya_moya
    This is true. I read it in an expertzone lab.
  • cjl
    zorky9They should offer BIG discounts for early adopters as well.Why?
  • w1zz4
    OpenOffice is always free... no matter you are updating or not...
  • slayerz636
    seriously, eairly adapters should get serious discounts! hell office '97 still works great! typical micro$oft though.
  • jrewolinski
    2010 is Waaaaay better than 2007, I'm running the beta now.

    Plus don't buy any version, if you're waiting for 2010. There's supposed to be Word and Excel free online. (Ad supporting) That's usually sufficient for home users.