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Sep 02 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Free Trial

If you are looking for a free trial version of Microsoft Office 2010, then this is the link that you will be needing, for the Australian version:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/try/try-office-2010-FX101852639.aspx

Comparing Microsoft Office 2010  to the older 2007 version, I haven’t seen much difference yet, but then again, I haven’t spent much time  looking at it either.

Q: How long does the trial version last ?

A: A good question, and only partially answered by Microsoft’s answer here:

The Trial software needs to be activated within the first 30 days after the installation to utilise the full functionality of the Trial software.
The trial period will begin when you activate the trial and during the activation process, you will be notified of the trial expiration date.
Trials can only be activated when connected to the Internet.
To activate online, follow the instruction in the Activation Wizard that you are prompted with when opening an Application (like Word, Excel, etc.)
Microsoft Product Activation is a Microsoft anti-piracy technology designed to verify that software products are legitimately licensed.

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For Books with Free Delivery to Australia: BookDepository UK and USA and Fishpond Australia

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  1. Jonathan Morris

    If I upgrade with MS Office Home & Student 2010 will I lose my current Outlook & Publisher 2003 that are not included in this version?

  2. ABCDiamond

    Have a read of this Q&A at Microsoft: http://answers.microsoft.com It appears to give the answer to your question.

    Take special note of this bit though: “if you don’t read the screens carefully it will overwrite any previous programs on the computer“.

  3. CLF

    I have tried to download the trial version – but it will not recognise my ISP – which is bigpond. Why?

  4. ABCDiamond

    Not heard of that before, however, I have just noticed that Bigpond have their own alternative office suite, called BigPond Office, compatible with other office suite applications, namely, Microsoft Office.

    Not sure if that is just a coincidence.

    These two links appear current, one for UK and one for Australia. There may be a difference.

    UK
    http://www.microsoft.com/uk/smallbusiness/campaigns/office2010/

    Aus
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-au/try/

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