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Easy to set-up and use, just read the packaging!
on 23 April 2011
This does what it says on the packet, but you need to read the packet carefully. The following things are stated clearly:
1)This version contains Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote but not Outlook, Access or Publisher
2)It is designed for use with a new PC preloaded with Office 2010 Starter Edition, which will have you tearing your hair out very quickly indeed, unless you have never used Office before, don't have any existing documents or spreadsheets you need to work with again, and can live with adverts taking up a quarter of your screen.
3)It is only for use with a single PC - if you need to install it on more PCs you should buy the CD 3-user version.
4)You need to activate it within 30 days of receipt.
The packaging is excessive for what's inside it, this could have been sent without the plastic case and the cardboard sleeve, which are clearly designed to hold a CD.
Installation takes a few minutes but is trouble free. However once installed, if you look at the Office item on your start menu, ALL the Office suite is there including Outlook, Access and Publisher. You don't find out until you open one of these and complete setup, that these are 30-day trial versions and you are now invited to buy the Professional version. There is then an option to uninstall them if you don't want them - not difficult, but why are they there in the first place when this isn't mentioned on the packaging or anywhere in the original setup process (I presume unless you choose Custom setup). If I had wanted Office Professional, that's what I'd have bought. It's a marketing ploy which I find annoying.
Apart from that, it's the same old Office with a few tweaks, assuming you have already used Office 2007. If you are upgrading from Office 2003 or earlier, there are major changes in appearance which you may and may not like. Personally I find the Ribbon cumbersome, it takes up more of the screen than the old dropdown menus and things seem to have been moved for the sake of moving them, like when supermarkets rearrange their stock to make you buy more. I'm used to it now after a fashion, but the principle of "if it ain't broke don't fix it" seems not to have been heard of by Microsoft as always.
The Amazon price makes the product good value for money providing you are aware of all the above.