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Microsoft simplifies the Office 2010 product line-up

Wondering which product editions Microsoft will ship with Office 2010. Well, there are some surprises, including a simplified line-up and a brand new SKU called Office Home and Business. Here's the complete rundown, from my Office 2010 Special Report:

Fortunately, the software giant is backing off a bit in Office 2010, and instead of the 8 product editions we saw with Office 2007, we're getting just five in Office 2010. These include:

Office Professional Plus. Aimed at enterprise businesses, this edition now includes OneNote and SharePoint Workspace.

Office Standard, Also aimed at enterprise businesses, this edition includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and Publisher.

Office Professional is the premium product for home and small business use.

Office Home and Student is the best-selling version of Office. It will continue to include Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote.

Office Home and Business. New to Office 2010 and replacing Office Small Business edition, this version includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote and Outlook.

(In Office 2010, the Enterprise, Small Business and Ultimate product editions have been removed.)

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