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Office 2010: Microsoft offers $2 per copy ‘PC Essentials’ to OEMs

Microsoft is “planning to charge OEMs $2 per copy for Office Starter 2010 if they also agree to preload the Bing Bar and Windows Live Essentials. However, instead of using a free 60-day trial like they did with Office 2007, Microsoft wants those same OEMs to pony up for Office Starter. Microsoft calls the $2 per copy OEM version “PC Essentials.” In order to get lower preload price, OEMs must preload not just Office Starter, but also Windows Live Essentials (Mail, Messenger, Photo Gallery, etc.), Bing Bar and set the PC browser defaults to Bing and MSN Home Page,” revealed MJFoley. “Office Starter 2010 enables basic document viewing and editing only for Word 2010 and Excel 2010. Starter will be ad-supported, so, free to consumers. It is meant to replace the Microsoft Works trial that is often preloaded on new PCs.”


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