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Office 2010 Consumer Launch Details

As you must have seen by now, Office 2010 is shipping to consumers starting today. Here's a few tidbits of information from Microsoft to help you get started on the new Office.

With this next version of Office, Microsoft is delivering powerful solutions for consumers in a new line-up of SKU options and the option to easily upgrade online using a Product Key Card:

Office Home & Student - $149 Full Product / $119 Product Key Card *** Note that the PKC version is for one license only, however! --Paul

Office Home & Business  - $279 Full Product / $199 Product Key Card

Office Professional  - $499 Full Product / $349 Product Key Card

Office Professional Academic - $99 Full Product

The addition of Office Web Apps also provides increased functionality with user ability to work anytime from anywhere.

For more information:

Also beginning today, new Hotmail features are available which provide customers with the ability to view, edit, and share high-quality previews of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents right in their inbox using Office Web Apps. Learn more on the Inside Windows Live blog.

That last bit is interesting: Microsoft is today beginning to roll out the new Hotmail as well.

You may start seeing the new features in you inbox as early as today, features like the new Sweep menu, the freshly integrated Office Web Apps, huge new attachment limits up to 10 GB using SkyDrive, and the ability to create and send photo albums right from Hotmail. If you don’t see these features today, please hold on just a little while longer – everybody will be upgraded this summer.

You can learn more about the new Hotmail in my multi-part review. And of course, I've written a lot about Microsoft Office 2010 as well; check out the Office activity center for all the reviews, screenshot galleries, and other articles and commentaries.

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